As the influenza outbreak takes over the country, maintaining high hygiene standards and cleanliness is more important to control the spread of infection. The Influenza Outbreak is easily transmitted when a person may be close to another person or when a person who is infected coughs and sneezes (and doesn’t cover their mouth). The virus can live on hard surfaces such as plastic and stainless steel for up to 72 hours and other surfaces for up to 24 hours showing just how important proper sanitation and disinfection are.
With the current outbreak of Influenza outbreaks, frequently cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting your property is essential for keeping yourself and your family safe.
The Difference Between Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting
There are important differences between cleaning and disinfecting or sanitizing. While surfaces may look clean on the surface, they may not necessarily be hygienic.
Cleaning works to remove germs and dirt at the surface level however sanitizing works to ensure the germs are killed to reduce the spread of infection.
While thorough cleaning can be effective at decreasing the spread of infection, fully disinfecting areas with chemicals can decrease the risk even more.
How to Clean and Disinfect Effectively
To ensure harmful germs do not pose a risk to people, surfaces should be cleaned using effective chemicals and solutions. This means using disinfectant cleaners that are proven to kill germs and bacteria when used correctly and safely.
How to Use Disinfectant Cleaners
Safety is the top priority when it comes to using disinfectants. To use products safely and to ensure maximum effectiveness, instructions should be followed, and individuals trained properly on how to use them.
What Should You Disinfect?
Hands are one of the main culprits when it comes to the spread of infection. Many studies have found that people do not wash their hands long enough to effectively remove germs and bacteria. Therefore, while people may be practicing proper hand hygiene, measures to control the spread of infection shouldn’t stop there. Commonly touched surfaces must be disinfected daily including phones, keyboards, and door handles throughout your commercial property.
Depending on your facility, these are the most important items to disinfect:
- Cupboard and drawer knobs/pulls
- Kitchen and bathroom counters
- Toilets, especially the seat, and handle
- Refrigerator, dishwasher, oven, and microwave handles
- Remote controls and game controllers
- Cell phones, tablets, and other mobile devices
- Computer keyboards and mice
- Door knobs/handles
- Table surfaces
- Staircase railings
- Light switches/switch plates
If possible, wear disposable gloves and discard them after disinfecting them. If you have reusable gloves, be sure to disinfect them after you’re done. And always remember to wash your hands before and after you clean and disinfect your property.
How Often to Clean and Disinfect
While more regular cleaning and disinfection of surfaces is not always practical, and disinfecting more frequently than required can cause negative effects amplifying the corrosiveness and toxicity of the chemicals. Therefore, it is advised that frequently touched surfaces should be disinfected at least weekly – pandemic or no pandemic.
What Disinfection Chemicals Should My Business Use?
To account for discrepancies, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issues registered lists of antimicrobial products effective against common pathogens, including one released on March 5 with 300 cleaning products that can kill the coronavirus. The products received the EPA’s stamp of approval based on the agency’s Emerging Viral Pathogen program, which requires manufacturers to prove their products are effective against viruses that are even harder to kill than SARS-CoV-2.
Unfortunately, many disinfection products are in high demand right now between flu season, allergies, and the coronavirus outbreak. To save you time hunting down your supply, we’ve collected the best disinfectants within Kenya that are still available to shop online and EPA-registered to kill the coronavirus.
Reduce the Spread of Infection with Imagine Care
Imagine Care has specialized in disinfection services to treat surfaces for active viruses and bacteria, including the latest threat, Coronavirus (COVID-19). Get in touch with the “Imagine Care” disinfection team on 0759292158, 0103055943, 0742448334, and 0756432285, or drop an email to to find out about our range of commercial disinfection chemicals for your business and also book professional disinfection services.