If you’ve been to a hospital recently, you know that every nook and cranny is sterile. You will struggle to find even a single speck of dust. Whether you are caring for someone at your own home or you just want your house to be immaculate, the tips below will help you reach hospital-grade cleanliness.
One thing to note, is that hospitals and doctor’s offices alike use specialized janitorial businesses to achieve their level of clean. If you are performing medical cleaning at home because you are caring for someone who is sensitive to certain bacteria or dust, it may be safer to hire a professional.
One of the most common ways we contract disease and other sickness, is with our hands. Someone may sneeze, transferring the disease to their hands, and then touch every surface in the house, making it near impossible for others not to touch the infected areas at some point. Some of the main surfaces and items that should be disinfected include: door knobs, counters, appliance handles (such as the refrigerator or oven), light switches, remote controls, toys, chairs, tables, cabinet doors and handles, dresser drawers and handles, etc.
The bathroom is perhaps the most essential room in the house to clean properly because it is sensitive to mold and mildew, and has the added risk of human fecal matter. Get a detergent based disinfectant for the toilet and spray down every bit of hard surface, paying extra attention to the handle and toilet seat since they are the main areas touched.
Lower the water line in the toilet by turning off the water using the knob behind the toilet. Spray the inside of the bowl above the water line and use a toilet bowl swab to scrub the inside, being sure to clean thoroughly underneath the rim. Flush the toilet once complete. Return to the outside of the toilet and wipe down every inch with a disposable towel.
Showers and sinks are treated the same as the outside of the toilet, spraying them with disinfectant and wiping every inch, paying special attention to the knobs. If your shower has grout, make sure you clean it thoroughly to remove any mold or mildew buildup.
Mop the floor with floor-approved disinfectant and make sure base-boards are free of dust.
Including the appliance knobs, switches, and surfaces mentioned previously, it is also important to sterilize any and all kitchen utensils. The floor also needs to be mopped on a daily basis and the garbage container should be cleaned and sanitized.
The bedroom is typically the area most people spend time in when they are ill so it is important to make sure they are cleaned thoroughly as well. In addition to the knobs and remote control disinfecting discussed previously, the head and sides of the bed should be sprayed, and the mattress should be sprayed with a deep penetrating cleanser to take care of any germs transferred to the mattress. Most bedrooms are carpeted and must be vacuumed daily and shampooed regularly.
Remember, those left in your care for recovery or additional assistance deserve the cleanest environment possible. The tasks may seem daunting, but it is worth it to make sure your loved ones are cared for properly.