Flu season is well underway, and the key to stopping the spread of any illnesses is to kill the viruses and bacteria that cause them. You probably already wash your hands frequently, but disinfecting your home and office is another way to make sure you don’t pick up a nasty cold or other illness. Selecting disinfectants in Village is important—if you choose the right one, your cleaning efforts will be effective, while using the wrong one (or using them improperly) will only be a waste of time.
As professional home and office cleaners, we have taken it upon ourselves to learn which disinfectants are the most effective for specific surfaces, and we’re happy to share our tips with you.
How disinfectants work
Most microorganisms like bacteria are harmless to humans, but the kind that cause illness—pathogens—need to be stopped in their tracks. Disinfectants are chemicals that, when applied to these bacteria, viruses, mold and other microorganisms, kill them by attacking them on the cellular level.
Best disinfectants for the home and office
There is a wide variety of disinfectants out there, from chlorine bleach to rubbing alcohol to hydrogen peroxide, and they don’t necessarily work the same way. So how do you select the right disinfectant for your Village home or office?
First, consider the “contact time,” or how long it takes for that specific disinfectant to kill germs. Sometimes your disinfectant will dry before it kills all the pathogens, requiring you to redo the work. That’s why it’s smart to pick one with a shorter contact time.
Next, consider the surface you’ll be using it on. Obviously, you wouldn’t soak your carpet and upholstery in chlorine bleach, but bleach works well for kitchen sinks, bathrooms and removing mold.
Your cleaning tools also make a difference here—choose a disinfectant that won’t impede the disinfectant’s efficiency. Microfiber cloths, for example, do not deposit disinfectants on the surface, rendering your efforts totally useless.
Finally, you should consider how the disinfectant will affect you, your family/coworkers and your pets. Some disinfectants can cause irritation and breathing issues, while others have unpleasantly strong odors. Check the packaging for any health and safety issues as well as the recommended cleaning tools and contact time. Some disinfectants, like hydrogen peroxide, are highly reactive and need to be used with caution. When in doubt, checking online reviews can be helpful for spotting any potential issues.
With careful observation and a little research, you’re sure to pick the right disinfectant for your surfaces—and if you need help, don’t hesitate to call the pros.
Hire professional cleaning service in Village
King’s Cleaning Service, Inc. has been disinfecting the homes and offices of Village since 1975. Our professional cleaners have experience fighting germs on upholstery, carpeting, hard surfaces and more. We also specialize in water damage recovery, mold removal, air duct cleaning and more. If it’s been a while since you last had your home or office deep cleaned, call us today to enjoy the health benefits of a sparkling clean environment.