We created a step-by-step guide to disinfecting yourself after going outside. There is no guaranteed way to prevent contracting COVID-19 but there are ways to limit its spread. There are three important rules to remember:
- Create a “transition zone” close to the door. If you have a mud room or area, this is perfect.
- Set rules for everyone in your home to follow
- Keep disinfecting products in or near your transition zone
It is important that when you come into your home that you do these steps in the correct order as to not cross-contaminate surfaces or objects. Also, remember not to make the common mistake of not taking your shoes off before entering your home. Follow these steps to help keep your home safe.
Place everything in your “transition zone”
Everything that you have touched with your hands should go in this area. This includes your keys, wallet, and cellphone. Also, put the items that you purchased such as groceries in this area.
Remove your shoes
Take off your shoes before entering your home as your shoes can carry a lot of germs into your home. Outside is where people can cough, sneeze, and spit. This is not what you want to drag through your house. If you must walk in the house wearing shoes, make sure to mop and disinfect the area afterward.
Wash your hands
Before touching anything in your home, immediately wash your hands. Make sure to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds and scrub in between your fingers and underneath your fingernails. Also include the back of your hands, palms, and wrists.
Disinfect your doorknobs, light switches and faucets
These are the highest touch areas in your home and it is hard to avoid them. When you finish washing your hands, sanitize your doorknobs, light switches, and faucets with a disinfectant and a microfiber cloth.
Disinfect your cellphone, keys, and wallet
Make sure to spray disinfectant on your keys and disinfect your wallet and keeps it with disinfecting wipes. Once you are done, place them in a clean area of your home.
Wash your hands again
Each time you disinfect something, wash your hands afterward.
Take a shower or change your clothes
It’s best to shower but at minimum change your clothes when you get home. Put your clothes directly in the washing machine when you take them off. This way you reduce the chance of cross-contamination.
Wipe down your groceries
Remove and dispose of all disposable bags and packages. Place your food in clean containers and disinfect everything else.
Wipe down surfaces
When you are finished disinfecting your groceries, disinfect your countertops or table, wherever you put your groceries. Clean these areas with disinfecting wipes or with a disinfectant and a microfiber cloth.
Disinfect your car
If you used your car when you left the house, be sure to disinfect your steering wheel, seats, and other touched surfaces.
Wash your hands
Once more, wash your hands.
We hope that this helps you keep your home clean and safe. We offer complete home cleaning services that you can easily book online. Use the maid service Dallas loves and call us at 214-438-4804.