Since the outbreak of COVID-19, we’ve all had to alter our day-to-day lives in order to keep ourselves and our families safe. With the news of COVID-19 changing and evolving every day we at the Molinaro Group are hoping you’ve all been educating yourselves on the virus and have been taking measures to social distance, disinfect, and keep your homes germ free. Today, we’re going to reveal 3 high-traffic areas in your home that should be sanitized regularly that some homeowners may overlook.
If you have a staircase in your home, chances are you subconsciously touch the hand railings multiple times a day. This area can be a hotbed for germs, especially if your handrails are made of stainless steel or metal, which can harbour germs for up to 72 hours. While we’re on the subject of surfaces, be aware that viruses can live on plastic, and glass surfaces for four to five days, and could persist for up to nine days depending on temperature and humidity.
It’s unclear how long viruses can live on fabric, but one study found that natural fabrics like wool and cotton are more likely to contain larger amounts of bacteria and fungi compared to silk and synthetic fabrics. To properly disinfect surfaces, make sure you’re using alcohol-based cleaners that are at least 70% alcohol for hard surfaces and washing fabrics in water that’s at least 86 degrees Fahrenheit.
Did you know that research has proven there to be 5X more germs on your computer keyboard than on your toilet seat? That seems like a good reminder to disinfect our electronic devices whenever we’re done using them, as this ensures they’ll be germ-free for the next user. The same goes for iPads, tablets, and cellphones. We touch these devices over-and-over again through the day, so they’re bound to be hubs for germs.
Make sure you research the best and safest way to sanitize your electronics! Some disinfectants are more water-based and shouldn’t be used near your phone’s speaker or mic.
Whether your front door, bedroom door, or refrigerator door, make sure you’re wiping down the handles throughout your house. Fridge handles can get especially germy, and since we’re usually touching ingredients when we’re in the kitchen it’s best to be extra cautious.
Pay special attention to the front door of your home, as this is the entry point for germs. And if you live in a condo or apartment, be extra cautious with elevator buttons. Either sanitize your hands immediately after use or wipe down the buttons if it’s not too much trouble.
We’re hoping these tips will help you stay vigilant in the fight against COVID-19, maybe even inspiring you to look out for more high-traffic areas in your own home. As long as we all stay prudent with social distancing, sanitizing, and washing our hands, we can continue to flatten the curve in our communities, and Canada as a whole. Stay safe and stay healthy.