from CTV news
I am a business that does not promote the use of bleach, for many reason, for disinfecting but kept it in this article to stay true to their reporting on CTV news.
If you have a cleaner in your kitchen cabinet and wonder if it can help protect your family, check if it a has drug identification number (DIN) on the label, which signals it is approved by Health Canada. Then search that DIN on Health Canada’s list of disinfectants that will work against this virus.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has created a similar list of 357 products here.
Health Canada also has a list of more than 830 approved hand sanitizers here.
WHAT DOES WORK
Isopropyl alcohol and hydrogen peroxide are recommended by Health Canada and other authorities to disinfect for this novel coronavirus.
WHAT DOESN'T WORK
Common green household cleaners including vinegar, lemon juice, and baking soda. These ingredients are not considered effective in the fight against COVID-19 and are not registered disinfectants by Health Canada, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency or the CDC.
If you are a professional in the cleaning industry servicing clients in their homes and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic you need to protect yourself and protect your clients
Your uniform should also include
.These words might have compelled you to purchase your microfiber cloths to help in the fight against coronavirus
'capable of "trapping and removing" 99.9% of bacteria from hard surfaces'
the coronavirus is not a bacteria but a virus therefore anti-bacterial and/or anti-microbial microfiber cloths will not be what removes the coronavirus from your non-porous hard surfaces.
Soapy water and rigorous scrubbing will.
Using any of the Health Canada approved disinfectants will help against the fight against the coronavirus (Click here to find the natural and Eco-friendly ones)
Ensuring your dusting cloths are always damp (not dry) to trap the coronavirus and not spread it around will help.
Soaking all of the cloths you have used in soapy water for a time (I do overnight) will help
Anti-bacterial and/or Anti-Microbial microfiber cloths will not unless you use them in harmony with all of the steps above. Save your money and use what you already have along with the steps above.
When you read the important information attached to the disinfectant you are going to be using in your clients' homes and businesses you will see these words many times and if you don't you should
NON- POROUS HARD SURFACES
the disinfectant you are using is only disinfecting (if used properly) surface that are hard and non-porous. What are these surfaces
Stainless and other processed metals
Leather and vinyl
Plastics including acrylic
That's it...that is what your disinfectant works on
SO IS SWEEPING THE FLOOR!
hand held dry dusters (and yes that means Swiffers too)
dry cloths (you may not be polishing those areas to perfection like you are used to doing)
dry paint brushes (my favourite tool to use)
dry flat mops
to protect yourself and your clients you must use a damp cleaning method throughout the entire home and business such as damp clean cloths, and/or a wet mop. Do not dust or sweep which can distribute virus droplets into the air.
From John Hopkins Hospital - NEVER shake used or unused clothing, sheets or cloth. While it is glued (the virus) to a porous surface, it is very inert and disintegrates only
-between 3 hours (fabric and porous),
-4 hours (copper and wood)
-24 hours (cardboard),
-42 hours (metal) and
-72 hours (plastic).
But if you shake it or use a feather duster, dry cloth, broom, hand held duster, swiffer product, dry flat mop, the virus molecules float in the air for up to 3 hours, and can lodge in your nose.