As state reopens, make sure to develop a cleaning plan

You Can Kill Coronavirus With Common Household Cleaners
Posted at 7:59 AM, May 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-11 07:59:39-04

We've heard all about proper cleaning and disinfecting during the COVID-19 pandemic, but with the state starting to reopen, making sure your personal and workspaces are clean is even more critical now.

The Centers for Disease Control recommend developing a cleaning plan. This includes evaluating your work, home, or business space to determine what kinds of surfaces and materials make up that area. Most surfaces and objects will need a routine cleaning, with soap and water. However, frequently touched objects like light switches, doorknobs, phones, and computer keyboards will need to be cleaned and then disinfected.

Most disinfecting products you'll find in the store will work, but if you want to make sure, the Environmental Protection Agency has a list of products that will kill the coronavirus on its website.

"You will want to get the highest kill count you can, which is 99.9 or 99.99 or even 99.999 percent of bacteria and viruses. Those are the things you want to look for on your label. The higher that number, the better it is," said Kyle Ray, the founder of Geek Window Cleaning.

Just make sure to follow the instructions, as you may need to let the product sit for a few minutes before you wipe it up.

It's also good to keep disinfecting wipes in your car or purse. Some businesses, like grocery stores, have their cleaning plan, but you still don't know what you'll be exposed to if you're in and out of places throughout the day, so you'll want to keep your car clean.

There's a chance you'll have to revise your plan as more places reopen, whether that's cleaning objects even more frequently or using different products because your go-to is out of stock. Be open to adjusting your plan as needed so everyone can continue to stay safe during the next phase of the pandemic.