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By: Rain City Maids
May 14, 2020

There isn’t a best way to disinfect yourself during the pandemic, but if we gather all the preventive measures, we can create a step-by-step guide. How to protect yourself and your family against COVID-19 when you go out? First, you have to remember three important things:

  • Set the rules at home and make sure everyone follows them.
  • Settle a “transition zone” close to the door, like a corner or an old table.
  • Put your disinfectant products near the transition zone.

Now, the order in which you do things is essential not to cross-contaminate objects and surfaces. Also, there are common mistakes, like forgetting to take off your shoes before entering home. That’s why the following 11 steps are organized in a specific order to avoid infection in your house.

1. Put your things in the transition zone.

Put everything you touched with your hands —like keys, wallet, and cellphone— in the transition zone. Also, whatever you bought or took with you while you were out, like groceries. 

2. Take off your shoes

You must take off your shoes before entering your home because the soles might be infected —remember that outside people can cough, sneeze, or even spit onto the floors. If you can’t avoid entering home with them on, mop the floor with water and disinfectant afterward.

3. Wash your hands

Before this third step, avoid touching anything in the interior of your home. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, making sure you scrub between and around your fingers, under your nails, your palms, the back of your hands, and wrists.

4. Disinfect doorknobs, faucets and light switches

It’s almost impossible to avoid touching these things. So, right after you finish washing your hands, use a sanitizing wipe or spray some disinfectant over a cloth and start wiping the faucet, doorknobs, and light switches you touched.

5. Disinfect your keys, wallet, and cellphone

Don’t lower the disinfectant yet. Spray some over your keys, pass a wipe over your wallet and put a little sanitizer on your phone. When you finish, put them in a clean place, preferably.  Your purse has to be hard-to-reach and in a corner with no other objects.

6. Wash your hands

Every time you finish cleaning and disinfecting, wash your hands.

7. Change your clothes or take a shower.

If you were in a high-risk place, like a doctor’s office, you better take a shower. Leave your clothes in a transition zone —avoid the hamper— or wash them immediately with warm water if you can. Then take a shower, and you are ready to continue your day. Or, in the case that you weren’t in much risk of contamination, just change your upper clothes.

8. Disinfect your groceries

Get rid of all the disposable bags and packagings, put your food in tubs or other clean containers, and disinfect the rest. 

9. Disinfect the surfaces

Once you are done with your groceries, spray some disinfectant over your countertops, tables, or wherever you put your groceries. Wait a minute for the liquid to do its effect and then wipe with a clean cloth.

10. Disinfect your car

If you use your car, be sure to disinfect your steering wheel, levers, seats, and other touched surfaces.

11. Wash your hands again

You know the drill: wash your hands after disinfecting.

That’s it! We hope this information is helpful to you. Remember that we offer home cleaning services, especially design to prevent COVID-19 in homes. Schedule your service online.

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