Washing our hands, wearing a mask, and disinfecting our things are three of the most important ways that all people can slow the spread of the Coronavirus. Business owners should always disinfect their buildings, storefronts, and warehouses at the end of each day. This simple action will greatly reduce the chances of the virus existing in that establishment. There specific ways one should disinfect a building from COVID-19 according to the CDC. By following these simple steps it will ensure that the building is safe and free of the highly contagious virus.
As of September 17th, 2020, there were 6,863,245 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States which has caused 202,002 citizens to lose their lives. Slowing the spread of this virus is imperative and should be viewed as a duty for every person in our country.
COVID-19 spreads through respiratory droplets created when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. If the infected person has these droplets on their hands then anything they touch will become infected. While airborne these virus spreading bubbles can land in people’s mouths/noses then could be inhaled into the lungs. Highly populated areas have been hit much harder than rural areas due to this.
Simple tasks that only take a few minutes or less will help stop the tragic loss of life that has occurred throughout our country. Prior to entering and upon leaving any establishment we should all sanitize our hands. When in a public place it is important to wear a mask and maintain appropriate distance from other people in that area. When possible, wash your hands thoroughly and follow up that wash with a nice application of some hand sanitizer.
The Proper Way to Disinfect Buildings for the Coronavirus
It’s imperative that the area is purified, make sure the cleaning solution being used is designed to kill germs and isn’t just basic soap. Before you start cleaning and disinfecting, grab a pair of plastic or latex gloves, and wear them. Grab some soap and water and mix them together. Use this solution along with a sponge or rag to clean surfaces. Cleaning with water and soap decreases the number of surface germs, dirt, and impurities. Once you have cleaned them all, let the water dry up. Now it is time to use the disinfectant, which is designed to destroy germs.
For places with high foot traffic this should be done multiple times a day, not just when the building is closing. This is extremely important for food stores, retail establishments, and anywhere else that is open to the public. These businesses should always be disinfecting such things like shopping carts, shelves, and point of sale keypads. Any area that people regularly touch should be cleaned and disinfected, including but not limited to:
- Door Handles
- Light Switches
Disinfecting to Help Stop Coronavirus
You don’t need to purchase expensive disinfectants to clean your building and kill the coronavirus. You can just use diluted household bleach for surfaces. Household chlorine bleach will work against coronaviruses when it is diluted correctly. Just use water to dilute it, no reason to add in other chemicals. Use five teaspoons of bleach per gallon of water and mix thoroughly.
Leave the solution on the surface for at least one minute to disinfect for up to 24 hours.
COVID-19 will die after a few days on surfaces and objects naturally and without disinfectant, but in public buildings that can mean hundreds of people becoming infected. Warmer temperatures and sunlight exposure will shorten the time the virus lives on surfaces and objects. As winter approaches and temperatures drop it is imperative that we continue to disinfect buildings for the Coronavirus. Disinfectants suppress surface germs. By destroying germs on a surface after washing, the risk of transmitting infection can be further reduced.
Who Can Disinfect For Coronavirus?
For commercial buildings like schools, government buildings, and offices – the best solution is to call a restoration company. Most people think of water and fire damage when they hear “restoration”, but most restoration companies provide professional Haz-Mat services as well, including coronavirus disinfection. Many government buildings hire restoration companies to come in and professional spray and disinfect buildings.
If you need a business or commercial size building disinfected for coronavirus, call RestorationUSA today or use our search tool to find a restoration company near you. Restoration professionals are highly trained to handle hazardous materials and can ensure proper cleaning to prevent a COVID-19 outbreak.