As we transition into the new normal, ensuring the standard of hygiene in our living spaces should become a daily endeavour. Whether it’s for your home or work space, keeping them tidy and clean can help to protect yourself and your loved ones from the spread of COVID-19.
In this article, we debunk a few myths about disinfection services in Singapore. Which ones are actually accurate, and which ones are just fake news? Let’s find out!
#1: Cleaning is equivalent to disinfecting, it’s one or the other
Well, for a matter of fact, cleaning is defined by the act of removing dirt and dust from surfaces. However, this does not mean that cleaning things would also kill the germs and bacteria living on those surfaces. At the most, cleaning can reduce the amount of germs there.
On the other hand, disinfecting refers to the act of targeting and eliminating germs and bacteria on surfaces, usually via EPA-approved anti-microbial chemicals.
In short, regular cleaning is not as effective as disinfecting processes when it comes to reaching areas where harmful bacteria and viruses reside. In fact, you should engage both to work in tandem to keep your living spaces safe and hygienic.
#2: Disinfectant chemicals are instantly effective from the first dose
Not really. Most people think disinfecting misting can help to kill germs on surfaces instantaneously, but it really depends. You can refer to the product description to see how the disinfectant that you are using works. Most of the time, you need to leave the chemical on the surface for a few minutes for it to take effect.
#3 Disinfecting is more effective than cleaning, so it’s okay to skip the latter
Yes, disinfecting is more powerful in killing germs, but you should always do cleaning alongside as well. Before engaging in any disinfection, ensure that the surface that you’re disinfecting is free from dust, dirt or grease.
If you skip cleaning before you disinfect, any leftover residue on the surface may come into contact with the disinfectants and reduce their efficacy.
#4 Only surfaces with high traffic need disinfection
Yes, high-touch areas should be disinfected more regularly. This includes spots such as doorknobs, light switches, fridge handles, cabinet handles or railings.
However, it is wrong to think that only these surfaces require disinfection. You should disinfect all common areas of your living spaces regularly, whether they receive high traffic or not. Spaces such as bedrooms, bathrooms, living rooms and kitchens need disinfection as well. This helps to reduce the overall amount of germs in your home, making it safer for all.
#5 Basic products such as soap and water are ineffective in guarding us against COVID-19
No, that’s a myth! Soap and water can actually be very helpful in removing surface bacteria and germs that carry viruses. Apart from cleaning your hands, they can clean surfaces and eliminate germs.
To start, you can use household dishwashing liquid and warm water to disinfect surfaces if you do not have chemical disinfectants.
#6 Only commercial disinfectant products are effective in protecting us from COVID-19
Nope, that’s a myth as well. In fact, household items such as bleach and rubbing alcohol can go a long way in preventing the spread of the coronavirus!
You can pour about one-third cup of bleach to 3.5 litres of water, or use full-strength rubbing alcohol on surfaces and let them sit for a few minutes before wiping it off.
#7 Bleaching clothes can help to destroy all kinds of germs on them
That’s a myth busted too! Don’t bleach all of your clothes; you will only damage them.
For regular clothing, bedsheets, towels and other washable items, just wash as per normal (refer to the care tag). You can use hot water to do so, as most bacteria and viruses are not able to survive in a hot, soapy water bath, so bleach is not required.
Disinfecting is easy, and reduces your risk
Disinfecting is actually not as difficult as most people think. However, to incorporate it into your weekly cleaning routine can seem tedious to some. Hopefully, after reading this article, you will be able to distinguish some of the myths around cleaning and disinfecting from now on!
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