It goes without saying that disinfecting and sanitization has become the new normal. Whether at home or at work, regularly sanitizing frequently-touched surfaces and frequently-used objects has now become a must.
However, it is important to note that the disinfecting/sanitizing you do in your home and/or workplace is only as effective as the way you do it. While most are aware of the general steps to follow when disinfecting/sanitizing, many are less clear about approaching specific areas, surfaces, and materials.
This guide aims to shed light on the specifics of disinfecting/sanitization to help you make your home/workplace hygiene maintenance routine more effective and result-oriented.
1.Choose the right disinfectant/sanitizer
It all starts with choosing the right disinfectant/sanitizer. Regardless of your disinfecting/sanitizing efforts, you may not be able to fully safeguard your home/workplace if the disinfectant you use doesn’t have high efficacy.
Highly-effective disinfectants, such as SHIELDme™, helps you get the hygiene results that otherwise would require two or three sanitizing sessions. This also means that as a business, you can cut down your overall disinfecting expenses by sanitizing your workplace less frequently. Learn more about SHIELDme™ here.
2. Categorise the areas of your home/workplace for sanitization
Some surfaces are touched frequently while others aren’t; this is true in home and workplace-based spaces. Therefore, it’s important to categorize the areas into high-touch surfaces and less-contacted surfaces to make sure your disinfecting approach is more structured.
Surfaces such as doorknobs, switches, tables, handrails, elevator buttons, shopping carts, countertops, faucets, and sinks are frequently touched and therefore need to be sanitized frequently. On the other hand, walls, private chambers, ceilings, and other such surfaces are less-touched and don’t require frequent/regular sanitization.
3. Clean the surfaces before disinfecting them
One simple and easy way to make your disinfecting/sanitizing sessions more effective is to first clean the surfaces. Use soap and water, a surface cleaning liquid, or a sterilizing solution to remove the dirt and grime from the surfaces that you plan on disinfecting.
Doing this helps lower the number of germs from the surface. And when you apply the disinfectant as the second step of the process, the reduced amount of germs on the surface get killed.
Also, make sure to learn about the wet time of the disinfectant and follow it. The wet time is the time it takes for a disinfectant to work against microbial pathogens. Make sure that the recently-disinfected surfaces aren’t touched till the wet time is complete. Some of the most effective disinfectants have less wet times.
4. Electronic devices sanitization should be equally prioritized
Your disinfecting/sanitization efforts can be compromised if you do not pay attention to other aspects such as sanitizing electronic devices. Computer keyboard and mouse, phones, printers, and even office supplies can raise the risk of virus transmission if not sanitized properly.
It is important to list electronic device sanitization as a crucial part of your entire disinfecting protocol. Use non-absorbent wipes to apply disinfectants in generous amounts in order to sanitize electronic devices. It’s best to power off the devices when sanitizing. Also, make sure to dry the applied disinfectant to lower the risk of damages.
5. Take disinfecting/sanitization measures at the point of entry
Maintaining proper home/workplace hygiene becomes easier if you implement disinfecting/sanitization measures at the point of entry in the first place. The point of entry at your home can be the main gate or the front door. At your workplace, the building’s main entrance or the reception room can be the point of entry.
Make sure that every new visitor and employee (when they arrive for work) is properly and thoroughly sanitized before entering. According to the WHO, it’s important to keep the records of their recent travel history, overall health, and address (including the contact number) so that it becomes easier to deploy contact tracing protocols in the event of exposure to the virus.