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The Importance of Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Home During COVID-19

Washing your hands is one of the easiest ways to remain clean and avoid the transmission of diseases such as COVID-19. Yet what about the things we hold in our houses? Surfaces can also hold germs, and all these germs can exist for a long time. With the latest epidemic of COVID-19, cleaning & disinfecting your homes is always necessary if both you and your family want to be safe at all times. Since the person-to-person transfer of COVID-19 presents a far higher risk than surface transmission, we advise washing and sanitizing greater touch surfaces of your homes at least once a day, even if you or anybody else in the house is not going out. That is because every time stuff or other people come into or out of your house, there’s still a risk of exposure to the virus. A new research showed that the novel corona virus may stay airborne for up to 3 hours and may reside on surfaces for instance cardboard for 24 hours and plastic and alloy steels for up to 3 days.

What is the Difference between Cleaning and Disinfecting

As per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), regular cleaning using soap and water removes germs, dirt, and contaminants from all surfaces around your house. Yes, it is a fact the cleaning does not kill germs. Rather, it limits the number of bacteria and viruses living on the surface. Disinfection requires the use of chemicals for instance EPA-registered detergents to remove germs on the surface. Disinfecting by itself does not automatically clean the surface or eliminate germs from it. When it comes to making sure the surface is germ-free, cleaning accompanied by disinfection is the recommended process. First and foremost, it is important to clean the surfaces to remove the germs and then use sanitizing chemicals to destroy the residual germs on the surfaces. The CDC advises that you routinely clean and disinfect domestic surfaces to effectively avoid the transmission of COVID-19 as well as other germs.

Why is Disinfecting Your House so Important

To those who live at home, it is only essential to scrub household surfaces on a routine basis and to ensure the health of the house environment, so disinfection is not required. Nonetheless, after other people visit or you or your family members return from an area that has a potential risk of contamination, prompt disinfection of all household surfaces of associated products is required.

What are the Surfaces You Should Clean and Disinfect?

The surfaces that you need to scrub and disinfect around the house are ones that are accessed several times a day and are found in common areas. Such surfaces can include the following:

  1. Countertops
  2. Tables
  3. Chairs with backs
  4. Sinks
  5. Toilets
  6. Doorknobs
  7. Phones
  8. Desks
  9. Handles
  10. Tablets
  11. Light switches
  12. Touch screens
  13. Remote controls
  14. Keyboards

How to Clean and Disinfect Your House?

The CDC recommends wearing disposable gloves while cleaning or disinfecting. Start by cleaning high-touch surfaces using soap and water. Then, follow up with disinfectant spray or wipes. You can use an EPA registered disinfectant, a diluted bleach solution or alcohol solution with at least 70% alcohol. Remember to follow the instructions on the label for the effective and safe use of the product.

Here is how you can make a bleach disinfectant solution at home:

  1. Mix 1/3 cup of bleach per gallon of water, or 4 teaspoons of bleach per quart of water
  2. Leave this bleach solution on your household surface that you are disinfecting for approximately one minute

After you have finished cleaning and disinfecting your house, it is important to make sure you wash your hands carefully after removing your gloves.  If you do not have enough time to properly clean and disinfect your house call us at Apex Odor & Disinfection to provide you with exceptional home disinfection service in Denver.

Customer Reviews
Emmett R.
I recommend Apex Odor & Disinfection to anyone trying to get rid of any unpleasant odor! I was pleased to notice that they left our house smelling fresh and clean instead of smelling like harmful chemicals. The owner, Dan, was down-to-earth, friendly, and very personable - I was surprised to learn he was the owner of the company. Dan was not just on time, but he was out the same day the service call was placed to remove the musty smell from our basement.
Ellis J.
I rent out my apartment with Airbnb and the tenants had smoked cigarettes. I was refered to Apex by a fellow host and couldn't be more pleased! Dan was very helpful and informative and got to work right away. In 24 hours my apartment is smoke free and ready to be rented again.
Erika Spadafora
We had our new home disinfected and an odor removal after the prior owners had multiple cats. Dan was incredibly knowledgeable, professional, and timely with his service. He made it clear customer satisfaction was his priority. Dan had great communication and follow up. I highly recommend Apex Odor & Disinfection.
Alex H.
One of our tenants was smoking cigarettes in his apartment without us knowing. Over three years he turned the apartment into an ashtray. It was so bad we thought we would have to pull the drywall down. We had no idea how to deal with all the ducting that was filled with nicotine! We had to deal with it quickly to get the property occupied, so we called Apex Odor Removal. Dan did a great job explaining the process and when he told us he could complete the job overnight we were thrilled (and somewhat skepitcal...) Sure enough, we came back the next day and it smelled fresher than my own home! I can't say thank you enough! Hopefully we won't have to deal with this situation again, but if we do Apex will be our first call!
Anna G.
Thank you for the excellent service! They removed all traces of the dog and cat odor in our new home. A+ customer service and quality. If you are looking for pet odor removal these are your guys!
Hailey Michelle
I had a very strong musty smell in my home and I couldn't seem to find the source. Dan was able to solve the issue and remove the odor. I highly recommend Apex Odor & Disinfection for any odor removal services. Thanks again!!
Arlene Ortega
Dan and his team are incredible! I recently bought a home that had a strong moth ball smell. Apex was able to remove the moth ball odor and return my home to a pleasant state. He is very responsive and will do whatever he can to get the job done!
Felicia Cushingberry
I found Apex odor online and spoke with Dan. He was able to make time to assess my property that evening! He came out the next day to treat our house for cigarette odors and had it completed that day! Now a month later... still no smoke odor, just clean and back to original condition. Super friendly service. Thanks again!!
Vicki Ivery
Thank you for all your hard work especially during these times, super helpful and communicative! Made my new condo smell amazing. The previous owner had smoked in it for several years and it smelled like an ashtray. I had no idea how I was going to get rid of the smell! I can't say thank you enough!
Richard Arnold
Dan did an awesome job dealing with the pet odor at our new home. We recently bought a home that had 3 dogs and 2 cats living there for over 10 years. The smell was intense! It actually made my son's asthma flare up as soon as we moved in. Dan came out and made the smell go away for good!