In a highly populated city like New York, disinfecting should be a priority. In public spaces, we see it all the time. But, should homeowners disinfect their homes too? The short answer is: yes. It is a way to protect the health of your family. In this blog post, we tell you why disinfecting your home is essential and how a professional does it!
Why is disinfection important?
Disinfecting a space means killing most disease-causing microbes like viruses. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces has been part of the CDC's recommendations to stop the spread of the virus. However, when it comes to germs, viruses are not the only threat—other microorganisms like foodborne bacteria are capable of causing diseases.
Should my home be disinfected?
Disinfecting your home makes it safer for your household. Inside a house, foodborne bacteria in the kitchen or germs in the bathroom are a health risk for everyone. Also, bringing viruses inside your home is expected in a fast-paced place like New York City. Therefore, if you or a professional disinfect your home, you need to follow proper guidelines.
The CDC recommends cleaning before disinfecting. It means you should remove dust, debris, and grime as you would do in regular household chores before wiping or spraying an EPA-approved disinfectant. When a professional disinfects your home, they should always apply the same "cleaning-disinfecting" process as you would do. However, the disinfecting part of the process may vary because there are many techniques for disinfection.
Here we tell you some sanitizing methods used in buildings, facilities, and homes.
Wiping liquid solutions
Liquid solutions are the most common disinfectants in residential and commercial cleaning. Some of these chemical solutions are standard in many households, like chlorine bleach or alcohol. However, using them effectively requires knowing the amount and dilution, contact time, and other instructions. Professionals should use different techniques like the "spray-wipe-spray" or the "wipe-discard-wipe" to ensure proper surface disinfection.
Ultraviolet light has been used to kill germs since the mid-20th century. Although experts researched this method during the COVID-19 pandemic, they don't recommend it as an effective countermeasure against the virus. When UV rays are effective enough to kill most germs, they might represent a health hazard for people, making them hard to manage in most contexts. However, hospitals and other facilities still use this type of disinfection.
Nowadays, UV disinfection is an alternative to chemical and physical disinfectants—some air purifiers use this technology. Professionals may use UV light to disinfect your home, but they are more likely to use more effective and manageable disinfection methods.
Electrostatic sprayers charge the disinfectant solution as they spray it to the surfaces. The electric charge improves the adhesion of the droplets to the surfaces, making the liquid disinfectant act faster. However, disinfecting a big room needs detailed spraying and could take much longer than a fogger would.
Foggers are devices that create a disinfectant fog from a solution. The fog could be dry or wet, depending on the method used by the device. Foggers are perfect for top-to-bottom disinfection in large rooms, and they eliminate even airborne germs. eMaids of New York use foggers with CDC-approved disinfectant that kills viruses and bacteria on contact. Fogging the entire area is the last phase of our disinfecting services.
Cleaning and disinfecting go hand to hand. eMaids of New York City is a company you can trust for cleaning and disinfection services. Schedule your service easy and fast by using our online booking system.[infographic_copy_image_code]