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Tips and Recommendations for Cleaning and Disinfecting High-Touch Surfaces

Keeping your home clean is more important than ever, especially regarding high-touch surfaces. These areas get the most contact daily and are most likely to harbor germs and viruses. Here are some tips and recommendations to ensure your home stays safe and sanitized.

Identifying High-Touch Surfaces

First, it’s important to know which surfaces in your home are considered high-touch. These typically include:

  • Doorknobs and handles are touched by everyone who enters or exits a room, making them prime locations for the transfer of germs. Regular cleaning prevents the spread of bacteria and viruses from one person to another.

Doorknobs and handles
  •  Keyboards and mice are high-touch surfaces that can easily accumulate bacteria, especially if multiple people use the same computer. Cleaning these surfaces is essential to maintain a hygienic workspace and prevent the spread of germs.

 Keyboards and mice
  • Phones and tablets are constantly handled and often placed on various surfaces, making them prone to picking up and transferring germs. Regular cleaning helps keep these devices sanitary, reducing the risk of illness.

Phones and tablets
  • Countertops and tabletops are used for food preparation, eating, and other activities. They can collect germs from hands, food, and other items placed on them. Cleaning these surfaces helps maintain a sanitary environment and prevents the spread of foodborne illnesses.

Countertops and tabletops
  • Remote controls are handled regularly, often by several people. They can harbor a significant amount of germs, especially if they are not cleaned frequently. Regular disinfection helps prevent the spread of germs through this commonly used item.

remote control
  • Light switches are frequently touched throughout the day, often by multiple people. Germs and dirt can easily accumulate on these surfaces, so disinfecting them helps reduce the risk of illness.

Light switches

High-Touch Surfaces Disinfection FAQ

Why is it important to disinfect high-touch surfaces?

Disinfecting high-touch surfaces is crucial because these areas can harbor viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens that can cause illness. Regular disinfection helps reduce the risk of spreading infections, protects vulnerable individuals, and maintains a hygienic living environment.

How often should high-touch surfaces be disinfected?

High-touch surfaces should be disinfected at least once a day, especially in households with high traffic or if someone is ill. More frequent disinfection may be necessary during flu season or a pandemic to ensure maximum protection against germs.

 What products are effective for disinfecting high-touch surfaces?

Effective disinfectants include products that meet EPA criteria for use against COVID-19, such as household bleach solutions, alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol, and EPA-registered disinfectant sprays and wipes. Always follow the manufacturer's instructions for proper use.

Are there any surfaces that should not be disinfected?

Delicate surfaces like certain electronics or wooden finishes may be damaged by harsh disinfectants. Use products specifically designed for these surfaces, such as alcohol-based wipes for electronics or mild, non-abrasive cleaners for wood.

How can I safely disinfect electronics?

 Use alcohol-based wipes or sprays containing at least 70% alcohol. Lightly dampen a cloth with the disinfectant and wipe the electronic device. Avoid using excessive liquid to prevent damage. Always follow the manufacturer's cleaning guidelines.



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