Chances are you clean your own home when it becomes dirty. You probably need to make sure you carve out time on the weekend to make sure the home is properly cleaned and there are no big messes left around.
A few times a year, you might even deep clean the home. However, when was the last time you had your home professionally disinfected?
Getting your home sanitized regularly ensures that the members of your house are healthy and that your home is beautiful.
Let’s take a look at when and how often you need to consider professional cleaning and disinfecting services.
What is the Difference Between Cleaning and Disinfecting?
Cleaning is when germs and dirt are removed from the home. During cleaning, household cleaners and water are used to make sure your surfaces are free of germs. The germs are removed, but they might not necessarily be completely killed.
Disinfecting is when special chemicals are used to make sure all the germs and bacteria in the home are completely killed. Most of the time, your home does not need to be disinfected as much as it needs to be cleaned.
When Should I Have My House Disinfected?
Disinfecting homes became more common and popular during the COVID-19 pandemic as complete disinfection is needed to kill the germs that cause COVID-19. Before the pandemic though, many people had never considered disinfecting their homes and might not have ever sanitized their homes either.
Besides COVID-19, here are some common instances when you should consider getting your home disinfected:
- Moving into a new property. When you are moving into a new house, you can’t ever be sure about the germs and bacteria that might be present. You should consider getting the home cleaned by professional disinfecting services.
- Reopening a house. If you have a vacation home that was closed during an entire season or year, you might want to get it disinfected before you go back to live there. This ensures that there are no harmful bacteria inside that could have been collected when the home was closed.
- When someone in the home is sick. There are many sicknesses that are very contagious. If someone in the house is sick with something that can easily spread to others, make sure you get the home disinfected so that others do not become sick.
- After construction projects. When there are construction projects in the home, they can stir up allergens and bacteria. Make sure to have the home disinfected before you move back in after the project has been completed.
- After mold removal. When there is mold in the home, allergens and toxins can build up around the house. It’s important to have the home disinfected to make sure none of the mold allergens stick around.
How Often Should I Schedule Disinfecting Services?
You do not need to have sanitization services every time you have the house cleaned. When you have your home deep cleaned such as a few times a year, you need to make sure you are also getting the home disinfected.
The more frequently you clean, the fewer times you need to have the homes disinfected. So, if you clean the home every weekend, you will need to have the home disinfected less often than someone who might only clean their home once a month or less.
Sanitizing on a seasonal basis makes sure that allergens like pollen are cleared from the home and do not linger. The more you disinfect your home, the more you can ensure that the members of your home are healthy.
Disinfecting the home also ensures that common illnesses like the cold and flu do not stay around after the winter season. So, make sure you are getting your home disinfected at least twice a year, but ideally once every season.
Disinfecting After Illnesses
Disinfecting after illnesses is one of the most important times you need to make sure you are sanitizing the home. This is especially important when you have elderly people or children living in the home.
During illnesses, you also need to make sure you are disinfecting high-contact surfaces several times a day. This includes things like countertops, doorknobs, the toilet, and other common household items that most people in the house touch.
If you have someone in the home with flu or COVID-19, you might want to consider keeping them in a separate room and bathroom until the illness has passed. Make sure to keep children and elderly relatives away from them.
As well as getting the home professionally disinfected after illnesses, you should also consider disinfecting parts of the home during the sickness as well. This minimizes the spread of the sickness.
Remember that it’s important to clean before disinfecting. You can either clean yourself before the professionals come or you can schedule a deep clean and disinfection clean all for the same day.
Here are some tips for cleaning and disinfecting during sickness:
- Clean high-contact items after having visitors in the home in a case that is sick or might spread an illness during the common sickness months like the winter.
- Clean all surfaces and items that are visibly dirty. You can also disinfect these items after cleaning.
- Clean all surfaces with soap and water. You can clean floors and counters with special cleaners that are meant to remove germs. Just read the labels before using any products or chemicals.
- Vacuum all rugs and carpets.
- Launder all items that have come into contact with a sick family member. All items that can be put in the dryer should also be dried. Otherwise, let items air dry in the sun or under a fan.
Disinfecting your home by professionals at least twice a year ensures that all harmful bacteria are killed inside the home. It can also remove common allergens that might be making you and your family sick. Always make sure to clean before disinfecting to remove the most amount of germs from the house.