Antiviral Disinfectant – Effective Against COVID-19 coronavirus
As concern around the spread of coronavirus and panic buying soap and cleaning supplies continues, how often should you be cleaning your home, and what are the best products to use to protect your family?
If there’s one thing we’re all doing more of at the moment, it’s washing our hands to protect against coronavirus. Antibacterial wipes, hand sanitizers and soaps are flying off the shelves as everyone pays extra care to keeping themselves germ-free.
If we’re being more diligent in washing our hands do we also need to be keeping our homes disinfected to avoid the spread of the virus?
What to clean…
Keeping your home clean and disinfected will prevent the spread of coronavirus, and any other virus for that matter. If no one in your household is showing symptoms or has been diagnosed, then the chances of the virus living on a surface in your home are less likely. But that doesn’t mean the risk is non-existent, especially if any member of the household needs to leave the house.
The most important surfaces to clean regularly are the ones you touch most often. This will reduce the likelihood of the virus transferring from a surface to your hands.
At the moment it’s still unclear how long the virus can survive outside the body, but a recent study found it could last on stainless steel and plastic surfaces for up to three days and on cardboard for up to a day. Lots of factors such as outside temperature affect this survival rate, and it’s not clear if just picking up a small number of viruses is enough to transmit the infection. However, taking ‘days rather than hours’ is a good place to start.
With research suggesting that human coronaviruses can remain infectious on surfaces for a matter of days, establishing a hygiene routine with some simple, everyday preventative steps can help avoid the spread of respiratory viruses. Wiping down high traffic areas will reduce the spread of viruses in areas which come into contact with various people throughout the day.
We suggest using our Super Antiviral Disinfectant to clean surfaces in your home. Available in Antiviral Disinfectant 750ml and Antiviral Disinfectant 5 Litre sizes.
Floor surfaces receive a high amount of traffic on a daily basis. If outdoor shoes aren’t removed, or if pets live in the home, there is the added risk of bringing in bacteria and viruses from the outside; therefore it is vital that floor surfaces are not only cleaned but disinfected correctly.
It’s not enough to do a deep clean every few days. You should make a habit of cleaning then disinfecting your surfaces at least once a day, but more often if they’re in heavy use.
Antibacterial wipes and cleaners are no good!
While stocking up on antibacterial wipes and cleaners may seem like the right thing to do, they won’t actually protect you from coronavirus, or any other virus.
That’s because bacteria and viruses are two different germs, therefore they are killed by different products.
But don’t go throwing all your antibacterial cleaners away just yet, some may still be effective.
Most antibacterial cleaners are also disinfectants, it’s just that they’ve been specially marketed to emphasise their antibacterial properties. Viruses are more resistant to disinfectants but can still be killed with them. Coronavirus is an envelope virus, which means it is ‘enveloped’ in a fatty layer that can be more easily broken down by cleaning supplies.
In terms of disease prevention, cleaning and disinfection are different actions, but it’s important to do both. Cleaning is the removal of surface dirt and grime, whilst disinfectants actually kill bacteria and viruses.
Our advice is to begin by cleaning the surface and removing the dirt, using an all-purpose cleaner and then apply Antiviral Disinfectant afterward to get rid of the bacteria.
Super Antiviral Disinfectant’s powerful formulation kills a range of pathogenic viruses in under 5 minutes. The safe formula is suitable for use on most non-porous surfaces and when used as directed, leaves treated surfaces safe for human contact. More info on the Antiviral Disinfectant’s product page.