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Don’t Forget to Sanitize Your Home This Flu Season

Edmond Tenant Cleaning Light SwitchesKeeping your Edmond rental home a safe place to be during flu season includes regularly cleaning it. But this does not mean you only get rid of the visible dirt. Doorknobs, light switches, computer keyboards, smartphones, tablets, television remotes, and game controllers are all easy to miss when cleaning the house. If not sanitized regularly, these things could accumulate more harmful bacteria than even your toilet seat.

Common Dirty Devices

Ideally, you should be cleaning your smartphone, tablet, keyboard, mouse, television remote, and gaming controller regularly. Because these electronic devices are often touched each day, especially phones, controllers, and remotes, they can have around ten times the amount of bacteria compared to other surfaces in your home! Think about it: each time you touch something and then touch your phone or computer keyboard, you have transferred bacteria from one surface to the other.

Surfaces that are often touched are more likely to collect bacteria and quickly become serious health hazards. Flu season is also the time when it is easier to pick up germs and unknowingly pass them on to others when using shared devices, controllers, and even the TV remote. This is why it is so important to clean your dirty devices. You wouldn’t want your family to get sick just because you didn’t clean your devices every day or after every use.

High-Touch Surfaces

Are you keeping track of everything you touch around the house each day? You would be surprised! High-touch surfaces are the areas that are often used but generally do not make it onto your cleaning lists. A few of these are doorknobs, cabinet handles, window blind controls, and light switches, which are all touched daily and even repeatedly throughout the day.

These surfaces could be harboring high levels of harmful bacteria if they have not been wiped down with a germ-killing solution recently. One study found that light switches often have 200 bacteria per square inch, while most toilets have 20 on average.

During flu season, it is even more important to clean and sanitize high-touch surfaces in your home. However, these surfaces can’t simply be sprayed with liquid cleaners or disinfectants. Spraying anything on your tech devices will probably damage them. You can, instead, buy wipes that are made for cleaning electronic devices. Containing alcohol, these wipes are able to rid surfaces of harmful bacteria.

For other high-touch surfaces around the house, you can use a microfiber cloth, but remember to spray the disinfectant solution on the cloth, not directly on the light switch or doorknob. There are commercial cleaning solutions that state it will kill bacteria on your home’s plastic or other durable surfaces. As you clean, remember that harsh chemicals will damage painted surfaces, wood, or natural stone so take care when cleaning these.

In addition to high-touch surfaces, the CDC reminds us that it is best to wash your hands frequently and clean all surfaces in your home with a disinfectant appropriate for the type of surface you are cleaning. Make sure you have adequate ventilation and follow the label directions for whatever cleaning agent you choose. These extra precautions can help keep your home as germ-free as possible, not only during the flu season but all year round.


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