We’re all living through a public health emergency. As bad news transforms into an everyday reality, it’s important to maintain a strict sanitation routine. All the more so if you have children, senior citizens and sickly family members at home.
Personal hygiene is essential, but it’s equally important to disinfect freqeuntly-touched areas at home, like furniture, door handles, knobs and counters.
Research shows that the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) can survive on hard surfaces like wood, paper, glass, steel and plastic for up to five days. If not thoroughly cleaned, family members may contract the disease, eventually starting a series of infections.
To keep your furniture safe and germ-free, follow these easy, DIY tips:
You’ll find the terms ‘sanitization’, ‘disinfection’ and ‘sterilization’ being used a lot these days, often interchangeably. They have similar purposes, but mean different things.
Sanitization is the process of cleaning away dust, debris, and germs. It reduces their presence, but doesn’t promise complete removal. Disinfection refers to killing specific pathogens according to the claims made by a product. And sterilization? It’s the process of killing, removing or deactivating all living microorganisms from a surface. How frequently you carry out these processes, and in what order, depends on the utility of a surface and the people around it.
For wooden furniture, sanitization and disinfection are crucial. Wooden cabinets, tables, sofa arm rests should be sanitised daily, since these are high-contact areas. Disinfecting, meanwhile, is effective if done once a week or every fortnight.
Hoarding and price markups are an unfortunate reality of the times. Plan your disinfecting routine well, so you can reasonably stock up on the most effective products, and keep your family healthy and happy through the crisis.
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