The best way to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, is to wash you hands and disinfect day to day surfaces, according to authorities such as the World Health Organisation and Centre for Disease Control and Prevention.
So, stocking up on high quality hand soap, professional detergent and disinfectant cleaning products, and even mobile phone cleanser is extremely important to your health and wellness - especially during a global epidemic.
Since the first case was reported in December 2019, the novel coronavirus has infected more than 100,000 people and killed 3,460 people worldwide.
We compiled a list of the best cleaning tips to keep you healthy and supplies to stock up on before a possible coronavirus quarantine.
Wipes work, but Chlorine sprays and Virucidal cleaners are the most effective.
While cleansing your entire house can seem like a daunting task, the WHO recommends prioritising cleaning "high-touch" areas like door knobs, light switches, tables, and mobile phones first before moving into the rest of the house. The WHO recommends focusing on cleaning first before circling back to disinfect. A new study found that the virus lived up to nine days on surfaces, making it imperative to clean and disinfect as thoroughly as possible.
Wipes are effective in keeping coronavirus off surfaces, but they aren't the best way to protect yourself from catching it. Instead, a chlorine dilution spray like Evans Pro Chlorine tabs or virucidal hard surface cleaner spray like Evans Safezone Plus can be effective to disinfect most surfaces.
Wash your laundry at the highest possible heat.
Use the warmest appropriate water setting for washing the items and let them dry completely afterward. Spray the interior of the washing machine drum afterwards with Evans Safezone and allow to dry. If you're not using gloves when washing dirty laundry, make sure to wash your hands afterwards. Also, consider washing the laundry bag that holds your clothes, as that surface can also collect germs and viruses.
Wear gloves and make sure you have quality ventilation when you clean.
The CDC recommends using latex gloves to while you disinfect household surfaces.
If you're using reusable gloves, don't use them for other purposes, and clean your hands immediately after the gloves are removed. Peel the gloves away from your body, pulling them inside out, and try not to let the outside of the glove touch your skin.
Wash your hands for 20 seconds or more with quality hand soap.
According to the WHO, our best defence against the coronavirus is washing our hands for at least 20 seconds. For those of us who have trouble keeping track of time, that's about the same length as the "Happy Birthday" song sung twice. Panama Cleaning Supplies recommends Evans Pink Pearl® Hand, Hair & Body Wash 5 Litre or Evans Vanodine Handsan™ 500ml Alcohol Hand Sanitiser
Your smartphone carries more germs than a toilet seat — here's how to clean it.
The University of Arizona found back in 2012 that mobile phones carry 10 times more bacteria than a toilet seat. Toilet seats are cleaned frequently; mobile phones are not.
Apple says it's safe to wipe down hard, nonporous surfaces like its screen. But do not submerge your phone in a cleaning product. Avoid getting moisture in the charging port, and do not use spray cleaners directly on the device. Instead apply the disinfectant to a micro-fibre cloth that wipe down your phone. Panama Cleaning Supplies recommends Evans Final Touch® R.T.U Washroom Sanitiser 750ml for your toilet seat and Evans Protect® R.T.U Disinfectant Cleaner 750ml for your mobile phone.
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