With your family staying home during the COVID-19 outbreak, it’s important that your home is clean and sanitized to keep everyone healthy and safe. While you should keep up with your normal cleaning routine, make sure that you don’t forget to clean and disinfect these 10 things in your home!
1. Cell Phones & Other Electronic Devices
Did you know that your phone is likely the dirtiest item in your home? On average, cell phones have more germs per square inch than a public toilet seat and studies have shown that 16% of phones have E. Coli bacteria on them along with other contaminants. Make sure you regularly wipe down your phone and other devices (remotes, game controllers, keyboards, etc.) with a disinfectant wipe.
You and your family touch doorknobs multiple times a day, so it’s no wonder why they get so dirty! Bacteria can stay alive on these metal surfaces for up to 8 hours, so it’s important to clean your doorknobs with a disinfectant every few days.
The inside of your microwave contains so much grease and oil from the many foods you have heated up over time. And the outside of your microwave, particularly the touchpad, holds a ton of bacteria from your fingers. Make sure to use soap and water to clean your microwave weekly.
4. Trash Can
Your trash can is inevitably one of the dirtiest items in your home — it does hold all of your trash! Every month, wipe down the inside and outside of your trash can to keep it free from bacteria. Be sure to use high-quality trash can liners or bags that effectively contain liquids and other materials that may spill.
5. Ice Cube Tray
If you’re like us, you use an ice cube tray every day to keep your drinks cold and refreshing. But, your ice cube tray gets dirty just like any other handy kitchen tool. You should run your trays through the dishwasher about every month. If you have a silicone tray, clean it with a vinegar and warm water soak.
The tile surfaces in your kitchen or bathroom may appear to stay clean with simple mopping or scrubbing every month. However, this method does not get rid of bacteria and grime that is hidden in your grout and the pores of the tile. The best way to effectively deep-clean your tile is to have an expert clean it with their powerful equipment. At Jeff’s Chem-Dry, we offer professional tile cleaning in Tulsa that removes 98.6% of bacteria from tile, stone, and grout.*
7. Air Vents and Dryer Vents
If you take a deeper look at your air and dryer vents, you’ll find a lot more dust than you thought was possible. When this dust gets released in your home it can aggravate allergies, asthma, and other respiratory problems. Blocked dryer vents can also contribute to fires, mold growth, and carbon monoxide poisoning. Be sure to keep these vents clean and dust-free! If you need a dryer vent cleaning in Tulsa, give us a call at (918) 664-0815 and we’ll perform a professional dryer vent cleaning.
8. Shower Curtain
If your shower curtain isn’t washed for a long time, mold and mildew can begin to grow in places where the curtain folds in on itself. We recommend putting your shower curtain in the washing machine every month or so.
9. Vacuum Filter
You are probably already aware of how dirty your vacuum filter gets, but are you actually cleaning it? Many people only clean out the vacuum collector and don’t even touch the filter. Each vacuum model is unique, so check the model’s instructions on how to clean or replace the filter.
While vacuuming your carpets once or twice a week helps keep the plushness and freshness of your carpet, your carpet needs to be deep-cleaned to extract all the bacteria and contaminants embedded in the carpet’s fibers. Most carpet manufacturer’s warranty advises that you must have your carpets cleaned once every 12 to 18 months. However, if you have kids or pets, your carpets need about twice a year.
Jeff’s Chem-Dry offers affordable and effective carpet cleaning in Bartlesville, OK and the surrounding area. Our carpet cleaning service removes 98.1% of allergens* (pet dander and dust allergens) and 89% of airborne bacteria* in the home.
Remove Bacteria and Contaminants From Your Home
At Jeff’s Chem-Dry, we care about keeping your home clean and family during the COVID-19 outbreak in Oklahoma. Our Hot Carbonating Extraction (HCE) cleaning process, when combined with our hospital-grade sanitizer eliminates 99.99% of bacteria from the hard surfaces we clean on tile and stone, wood floors, and granite countertops.* Learn more about our Coronavirus cleaning efforts here.
*Based on studies conducted by independent laboratories of Chem-Dry’s HCE (Hot Carbonating Extraction), P.U.R.T. (Pet Urine Removal Treatment), Granite Countertop Renewal, and Tile, Stone & Grout cleaning processes. Allergens tested were dog and cat dander and dust mite allergen. Pet odor results based on testing with the most common odor sources found in dog and cat urine. Pet urine bacteria results based on Chem-Dry’s HCE cleaning process and a sanitizer, combined with P.U.R.T. All bacteria results include use of sanitizer. Figures are an average across multiple tests.