If you want a healthier life, your home has to be healthy as well. Cleaning and disinfecting are two essential tasks in a system of well-being.
Perhaps you’re not sure how to disinfect a floor and other surfaces at home, and you might be looking up examples of how professionals do it. Here are four tips on disinfecting your floors like health experts.
How hospitals disinfect their floors
If you’re looking for an example of routine and effective disinfection, hospitals have protocols based on levels of risk to personnel and their patients. Their high transit areas need the best practices and proper use of harsh chemicals.
However, it can be a little too much for your home if you want to imitate this disinfection system. That doesn’t mean you can’t learn a thing or two from hospital cleaning. Now that some clinics are changing their disinfection methods, like moving on from vinyl flooring to another material and reducing the amount of chemical solution used, it’s easier to adopt some of those practices.
Now that you know where to begin, it’s time for disinfection! But first…
Tip #1: Don’t replace cleaning with disinfecting
Remember that disinfecting and cleaning go hand in hand when maintaining a sparkling home. Before disinfecting, make sure the surfaces don’t have any tough spots and use warm water for a quick cleaning. It will help you loosen up the dirt and remove the bacteria before disinfection.
Tip #2: Trust in the power of bleach
Bleach is the most powerful cleaner when applied on laminate floors. If you’re going to disinfect using bleach, use 1 cup per 5 gallons of water. Always water bleach down since it can degrade your floors and irritate your eyes, skin and throat.
Tip #3 Get smart cleaning tools
There are alternatives to conventional cleaning products that will save you money down the road and you’ll be doing your part to help the environment. These are a couple of tools you can use:
Tool #1: Steam cleaners
Steam cleaners work using heat that can kill germs when reaching a certain temperature (around 170 degrees F), on most types of floors and surfaces. However, if you have wood flooring, steam could damage it.
If this isn’t a deal-breaker, they’re a worthy investment.
Tool #2: Microfiber mops
Recently, hospitals have changed to microfiber mops because they’ve proven to be cost-effective. When using a microfiber mop, combined with less amount of cleaning product, results could be as good as regular chemical disinfection.
By making these changes, the gap between how hospitals do it and what you can achieve at home will narrow, so consider getting a microfiber mop or even a steam cleaner.
Tip #4: Use vinegar as a green cleaning agent
If you want to avoid harsh chemicals like bleach, vinegar is a trusty cleaning agent that can reduce bacteria and other pathogens from most surfaces. But if you’re dealing with hardwood floors, vinegar is an acid and can damage the finish, so handle it with care.
If you feel up to this method, make sure you dilute the vinegar ½ cup per gallon of water. Also, wring the mop as much as you can.
Onto a healthier home…
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