The lifespan of germs can vary dramatically, depending on the different types of bacteria. For example, E.coli can survive up to 24 hours. Depending on the different surfaces, the different germs and bacteria settles on, can also dictate how long it can survive. There are quite a few common materials that harbor these germs and if you clean them frequently enough, you can avoid spreading and contamination. We at Baker Sandoval Cleaning would like share the common culprits of these different germs and how frequently to clean them.
Sanitizing & Disinfecting to Get Rid of Germs & Bacteria on Surfaces
1) Sheets. Dead skin cells that naturally shed from our bodies as we sleep are food for a host of bacteria, fungi, and mites and even though most are clean when they slide into bed, these contaminates can cause skin irritation and eventually lead to other health concerns. Machine wash all of your bedding in hot water every 2 weeks and dry well before folding or replacing. For blankets that don’t get a a lot of use, tossing them in the dry once a month can kill any germs that might attach if they are still reasonably clean.
2) Towels. Towels are a magnet for the microbes in kitchens, bathrooms, and the gyn. The kitchen hand towels are subject to raw meat, unclean food, and dirty hands. Bathroom towels are exposed to the humid environments that promote bacteria and fungus growth. Machine wash towels, hand towels, and wash cloths in hot water with vinegar or bleach (where applicable). The towels used in the kitchen, are the highest risk to contamination and should be washed promptly. Bathroom towels can be used 2 or 3 times before they need laundering and gym towels should washed after a day at the gym.
2) Floors. Bare feet or even socks and shoes can track in the germs. The more people in your house the more germs are being tracked inside after the day of routine traveling. Slowly vacuum the carpets daily to capture all the dirt, debris, and contaminates. Areas that have low traffic can be minimized to vacuuming once a week. Hard surface floors should be swept daily and mopped as often as needed; don’t neglect the corners and crevices. A good wash is recommended every two weeks at the minimum if you spot clean and keep them swept. Kitchens and bathrooms need the most attention and disinfectants.
3) Kitchen Sink. The sink is constantly in contact with moisture and food particles, making it one of the most concentrated areas for pathogens, microbes, and bacteria. Mix equal parts water and rubbing alcohol and spray the sink daily to kill off the germs and give it a nice shine. Extend the sponge’s use by dropping it in boiling water for 2 minutes. Spray the sink down after each use and bathe the sponges every 5-7 days.
4) Door Knobs, Light Switches & Railings. These surfaces are the most touched as people enter and exit the various rooms and germs are not going anywhere but getting spread. Damp a cloth in warm soapy water and wipe down these surfaces at least a week, or use disinfectant wipes.
5) Refrigerator Coils. Where this surface doesn’t necessarily harbor germs and bacteria, the fridge depends on the coils to maintain temperatures to protect the food. Most people forget the coils and more often than not, a quick cleaning is enough to repair the refrigerator when it is not performing to its full potential. Vacuum the coils or use a brush to free them from the debris. Depending on the model, the coils are either behind the fridge or under it. Do this quick 5 minute task every three months.
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These common hosts of germs and bacteria need to be cleaned to avoid spreading and contamination on other surfaces. You will significantly reduce health risks by including these duties in your cleaning routine. If you find you need help with the cleaning, call Baker Sandoval Cleaning and we will schedule routine services in your home or business!