6 Substances That Require Disinfection
As the person in charge of your home, you get stuck with the big responsibilities – including the big messes.
Will the puppy scratch a leather couch? Is this carpet easy to keep clean? How do I care for my Oriental rug?
Here’s one you probably haven’t thought about too much: How do I know when cleaning and sanitizing are enough and when I need to disinfect?
You don’t want anyone in your home to be targeted by Staph, MRSA, hepatitis, or some other kind of horrible infection.
Guess what? You don’t need to fret. Your friends here at Knoll have your back. We’re going to take away your confusion and give you the lowdown on five situations that necessitate disinfection for the safety of everyone in your home and anyone who visits.
We’ll also explain why you need a professional cleaning company’s help.
Before we dive in, let’s make sure we’re on the same page when it comes to the differences between cleaning/sanitizing and disinfecting.
The Story on Disinfection
When you disinfect the surfaces in your home, you’re ridding the space of microorganisms. But if you want to genuinely “disinfect,” you have to use a disinfectant liquid cleaner or wipe that has been registered with the EPA.
These cleaners contain chemicals that are proven to kill the germs and viruses that make people ill.
Another important aspect of a disinfectant is that it has to sit (or “dwell”) on the surface for a certain amount of time for it to work.
Now we’re ready to talk about what substances require disinfection.
There’s no end to the ways a normal day at home can end with someone bleeding:
- Johnny wanted to cut the apple by himself. Yep, blood.
- Susie got hit in the nose with a soccer ball. You guessed it – bleeding.
- Mike got a papercut while paying the bills. Double-dangit. More blood.
You get it.
ANY time blood makes contact with a surface in your home, it has to be disinfected immediately.
Sadly, there’s more than one kind of infectious germ that just hangs out in your bloodstream, waiting to attack and unleash an infection, like:
- Hepatitis B and C
Pro tip: Sometimes, blood can seep into soft surfaces like upholstery or carpet. When this happens, your best option is to call in a professional carpet cleaning company to take over so you can be confident it’s clean and safe.
Does your home gym get a lot of action? Or do you faithfully get your workout in, even if it’s just in your own living room?
These are a few obvious ways that sweat can invade your space.
Here are some additional situations when sweat can cause an issue:
- Your significant other decides to start riding their bike to work, not caring that they’re not in the best shape, and arrives home literally dripping with sweat.
- Your home’s air conditioning breaks down in the hottest part of the summer. Sweat galore. Sweaty people everywhere.
- Your son decides to take up jogging. (I bet you can guess how this will play out!)
Let’s get the obvious concern out of the way: If someone living in your home knows they’ve plopped on the couch with their sweaty selves, they should be handling their own “moisture.”
But that rarely happens. (Looking at you, son. 👀)
Maybe you’re thinking, “It’s just sweat. What’s the big deal?”
Oh, buckle up because the struggle is real.
Sweat can spread skin infections as quickly and easily as your pooch will christen a fire hydrant.
This is what that seemingly-harmless sweat can toss your way:
- Pityriasis rosea
Pro tip: It’s worth the effort to clean up after a sweaty family member or visitor has come into contact with your furniture or floor.
Yes, it does seem like this list is getting progressively worse.
Did you know that vomit is a biohazard? It’s known as the channel by which norovirus is spread.
But wait, there’s more. If blood is in the vomit (🤢 ), then there’s also a risk for the blood-borne illnesses we already talked about.
(I think we’re good without examples here, aren’t we? We’re all familiar enough with this topic. We’ll move on.)
Just in case it’s not been made clear enough, an area that has been in contact with vomit must be disinfected immediately.
Pro tip: This is another situation that calls for a professional cleaning company. They’ll disinfect and deodorize – an important step since vomit-stench can linger.
Wondering what this is all about?
Here’s a scenario that explains it:
Tim has been given a diagnosis of C.Diff (inflammation of the colon that causes diarrhea and colitis).
He’s home-bound for a while and anyone in the house who touches anything he has touched can pick up these pathogens (germs) and become sick.
This tendency to transfer so easily means it’s vital that you regularly disinfect your home – especially if someone is sick. (Have ANY idea who you can call? Yes! Your favorite professional cleaning company!)
Pro-tip: Encourage good habits in your home, like frequent hand washing.
5. Urine and/or Feces
This little tidbit of information may make you feel a little bit like #3 on our list...
Two of the most common ways viruses are passed are... *drumroll*...urine and feces!
Here’s the (more?) disgusting part: These germs are NOT just found in the bathroom.
Considering four out of five people don’t bother to wash their hands after they use the restroom, it makes a little more (gross) sense.
Of course, there are other ways 💩 happens, too. If you have lived through the stage of life called “potty training,’ you know what we’re talking about!
Like the pathogens we discussed, you might not even know that urine or feces have been “deposited” somewhere in your home. It’s vitally important that you’re intentional about not only disinfecting your living spaces yourself but also having a trusted professional cleaning company on hand to regularly work their disinfecting magic.
Pro tip: Hammond Knoll’s expert technicians have the knowledge and skill to keep your home safe and healthy.
A Professional Cleaning Company Is the Key
You’re all caught up on the scenarios that require you to disinfect your home: blood, sweat (thankfully not tears), vomit, pathogens, and urine and feces.
Your next move is to start thinking about the HOW.
When accidents happen in-the-moment, you have to clean those substances up immediately, of course.
But you must have a plan for regular professional cleaning, too.
No “substance,” no matter how gross it is, is too tough for Hammond Knoll. Get a free quote today and get rid of the germiest germs.