COVID-19: Clean your Gwinnett Rental Home Effectively
As Coronavirus becomes more and more prevalent in our local communities, one of the easiest ways you can do your part is to clean your Gwinnett rental home effectively.
Determining If You Need to Clean
If you are a tenant that has moved into your home in the past 3 days it is best to do another deep clean. COVID-19 can live on plastic and stainless steel surfaces for 2-3 days. COVID-19 can live on copper for 4 hours and cardboard for 24. Some common household surfaces to keep in mind are counters and appliances. If you have just moved in consider the containers you used to bring your furnishings inside. If you hired a moving company or friends have assisted you with the move in it is important to sanitize the areas they have been in contact with.
New tenants are not the only tenants that are recommended to sanitize their rental home. Even if you have lived in your rental property for multiple years it is advised to deep clean the surfaces of your home if you have had guests over in the past 3 days. This ensures the safety of your home and creates a sense of security during this time of crisis.
How To Clean and Disinfect
The CDC defines cleaning as the removal of germs, dirt and impurities from surfaces. Disinfecting, according to the CDC, refers to killing germs using chemicals. We recommend to list out the frequently touched areas of your home. Doorknobs, tables, light switches, and handles are some of the most touched items in homes today.
Wearing gloves is a good way to keep yourself healthy while cleaning. If you wear disposable gloves remember to discard them after each cleaning. For non disposable gloves its important that those gloves are dedicated to COVID-19 use only. Cleaning should happen before the disinfecting stage. Detergent or soap and water is the best way to clean household surfaces.
Household bleach, alcohol solutions with %70 alcohol and EPA-registered household disinfectants are what the CDC recommends as appropriate ways to disinfect hard surfaces. You can make your own effective bleach solution by mixing 5 tablespoons of bleach per gallon of water.
For more information on how to sanitize your Gwinnett rental home visit the Center for Disease Control’s informational website.
Contact Real Property Management of Greater Gwinnett for more tips on how to stay healthy is this rental season!
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