Before 2020 you probably didn’t think a lot about disinfecting the touch points in your home. You probably used a product off the store shelf, and you probably didn’t know what was in it. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it a greater need for disinfecting at home.
There is a lot of misinformation out there causing confusion. Here are the top disinfecting mistakes to avoid:
Do you need to clean your surfaces before using a disinfectant?
Clean your surfaces before using disinfecting products. Wipe your surfaces with water and a product like soap to remove dirt, grime, dust and other debris from surfaces. Although when you clean, it does not kill germs and bacteria, but it helps reduce the amount of germs and bacteria on the surface. This step shouldn’t be missed because dirt and grime on a surface does not allow the disinfectant to properly cover the surface, sanitize it and protect it.
Do all disinfectants work the same way?
Read the product label before use. Not all disinfectants work the same way. Some are ready to use and some need to be mixed with water. Each product has its own individual concentration and instructions for use. Reading the label ensures you’ll use the product the correct way and get the maximum effectiveness.
How long should the disinfectant stay on my surface before I wipe it?
Don’t immediately wipe the disinfectant away. You might be tempted to wipe off your surfaces right after you apply the disinfectant. It’s instinct for most of us. We often spray and then immediately wipe the surface to remove the cleaner. That’s not how disinfectants work. To sanitize the surfaces and kill germs, disinfectants have what is called a “dwell time” or amount of time they need to sit on the surface they’re disinfecting. Most disinfectants have a dwell time ranging from 1 to 10 minutes. Again, this depends on the product. If you skip this step and are not giving the product time to do its job, you’re most likely leaving germs behind.
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