With the new omicron coronavirus variant sweeping the world, US health officials say it will likely cause COVID-19 cases to spike once more. The coronavirus that causes COVID spreads through contact with respiratory fluids from those infected with the disease, often spread through their coughing, sneezing or even speaking. These fluids will hang in the air as fine droplets that can cause a person to become infected just by breathing in enough of the virus, often overwhelming the body’s immune system.
These droplets attach to dust and other particles in the air that eventually settle on surfaces. If a person touches a contaminated surface, they can become infected as well. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) coronavirus can stay viable for days or even weeks on certain surfaces. Fortunately, the danger from picking up COVID from surfaces can be mitigated with deep house cleaning and sanitizing. Services offered by a reputable cleaning company will further help ensure the health and safety of everyone in the household, not just from COVID, but from a variety of other illnesses and conditions as well.
Benefits of Using Professional Cleaning & Sanitizing Services
The main benefit of using a professional house cleaning and sanitizing service is to ensure the health and safety of those living in the household. However, there are a lot of other benefits as well.
Cleaning and Sanitizing Surfaces
Keeping surfaces clean is especially important when disinfecting a house. Cleaning and sanitizing services by professionals will help ensure that diseases can’t spread as easily. According to the CDC, multiple studies report anywhere from a 90 to 99.9 percent reduction in microbe levels, depending on the type of cleaning procedures utilized and the kind of surface being cleaned. This is especially important for surfaces with which people regularly come into contact, such as countertops, doorknobs, handles, light switches and tables. Even when surfaces don’t look visibly dirty, they can still carry disease-causing microbes.
While porous surfaces provide more area in which microbes can attach and grow, it is non-porous surfaces that actually prove a much greater risk for transferring disease-causing bacteria and viruses. According to a 2013 study, non-porous surfaces are more efficient at transferring microbes, reaching a microbial transfer efficiency rate of nearly 80 percent under ideal conditions. Meanwhile, even in the most advantageous conditions, transfer efficiency from non-porous surfaces is less than 13.4 percent. ]
Non-porous surfaces in a household include:
- Stainless steel and other metals
- Varnished wood
Cleaning and sanitizing surfaces greatly reduce this risk, though effectiveness varies depending on the cleaning agent and methods used for cleaning, along with the level of thoroughness.
Protecting Against Allergies and Other Health Issues
It is especially important when family members are ill to ensure a hygienic household. Cleaning and sanitizing services done by professionals will minimize the chance of sickness by reducing bacterial and viral populations on surfaces throughout the house. More frequent cleaning will also help ensure others in the home don’t get sick, including from COVID.
In addition to illnesses caused by bacteria and viruses, tens of millions in the United States suffer from allergies, a leading cause of chronic illness in the country. Professional cleaning services help get rid of irritants that cause allergies, often using high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters in vacuums to rid houses of dust and other common allergens.
A variety of factors that can trigger allergies include:
- Dust mites
- Pet dander
- Spores from mold and other fungi
Bathrooms are especially important places to keep clean within a house. Cleaning and sanitizing services conducted regularly by professionals will ensure they do not become breeding grounds for bacteria, along with mold and other fungi.
Eliminating Pet Smells
Besides common allergies associated with pets, domesticated animals often smell bad. Regular cleaning and sanitizing will help eliminate these odors.
Cleaning professionals tend not to overlook places within a house that require deep cleaning and sanitizing, which many amateur cleaners overlook. Sometimes this is just due to a lack of knowledge on how best to clean specific areas, or due to the difficulty in reaching them.
Commonly ignored areas often not cleaned and sanitized properly include:
- Ceiling fans
- Doorknobs and cupboard handles
- Skirtings or baseboards
- Upholstery and curtains
Reputable cleaning services will do a thorough job, even in hard-to-reach places.
Knowing Which Cleaning Supplies to Use
Another important factor to consider is the products used for house cleaning and sanitizing. Services that professionally clean homes often use cleaning agents specifically designed to cleanse and sanitize things like appliances, carpets and other flooring, granite countertops, wooden surfaces and furnishings. Professional cleaning companies know how to clean without leaving scratches or marks, along with knowing which products to avoid when cleaning certain items. They often have access to cleaning products that are considerably stronger than those the public can purchase as well. Additionally, a reputable professional will also offer advice on maintaining high hygiene levels between deep cleans.
Saving Time and Energy
Keeping a home clean is hard work that takes considerable time and energy to do right. Professional cleaning companies have developed techniques that enable quicker and more efficient deep cleaning of a house. Cleaning and sanitizing services, especially when used regularly, will also reduce the amount of work homeowners need to do to keep their homes clean, healthy and safe.
Cleaning & Sanitizing Services for COVID and Beyond
Chet’s Cleaning takes cleaning and sanitizing your home seriously. We do more than clean for appearances, disinfecting your household to ensure it’s spotless and sanitized. As a professional cleaning company, we understand how important house cleaning and sanitizing services are to prevent the spread of diseases like COVID. We understand the challenges the coronavirus pandemic has brought to households in the Detroit area and beyond. Our team of cleaning experts knows what it takes to properly clean your house. Cleaning and sanitizing services by Chet’s will not only make your home spotless, but it will also make it a healthier and safer environment for all who live there.