Spring Cleaning for COVID19 in Your Canvas Apartment
We’re used to calls for cleaning this time of year, but with coronavirus entering the minds of everyone across the globe, the call for cleaning has never been so loud. We’re doing all that we can to make sure the common spaces at Canvas are sanitized and safe for our residents, but you can help us by making sure your apartments are also cleaned. The most important tips for cleaning are clean disinfect high-touch areas in your apartment home. This means counters, doorknobs/handles, light switches and electronics.
We know there’s been a shortage of cleaning supplies in stores lately, so use what you already have. Here are a few tips to make sure you’re using products safely;
- If a product contains bleach (sodium hypochlorite), you must NOT mix it with any chemicals other than water. You also need to be aware that it can cause color loss and so generally should not be used on fabrics.
- If a product contains isopropyl alcohol (isopropanol, commonly called rubbing alcohol), it can be safely used to disinfect hard surfaces and is generally safe on skin, though it can cause drying and irritation. However, isopropyl alcohol should be used carefully, as it is flammable.
- If a product contains hydrogen peroxide, it must NOT be mixed with vinegar. The combination creates a corrosive acid that can be severely irritating to the eyes, skin, and respiratory system.
Err on the side of caution; don’t use a product if you’re unsure it’s safe, avoid mixing cleaning products, and, if you are going to use a product for a non-designated use, spot-test it on a small, inconspicuous area to determine if it will cause damage.
Can’t find your go-to Clorox wipes and other cleaning wipes at this time to clean your electronics, doorknobs and light switches? You have other options, one being basic bleach you’d use on your clothes. The CDC recommends preparing a bleach solution by mixing 5 tablespoons (one-third cup) bleach per gallon of water or, for a smaller batch, 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water. When working with a bleach solution, wear household gloves to protect skin and ensure that there is proper ventilation. You can use paper towels, rags, sponges or any other item you have around the apartment to use when wiping down.
Now that we’re confined to our homes, a lot of us are relying on deliveries from Amazon and other companies for our necessities. What about germs on packaging? Do not disinfect packages (it will be a waste of already dwindling cleaning supplies), but do, if possible, open them and discard the packaging outside the home, then wash your hands after handling them. COVID19 germs can live up to three hours on cardboard/paper materials and up to 72 hours on plastic and stainless steel. Prioritize the items you disinfect to those that are handled frequently in your apartment, and those than cannot be discarded. There’s no harm in saving a Clorox wipe and throwing out an Amazon box, but you might be disappointed if you run out of wipes and have to throw out your remote during a Netlifx binge.
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