How to sanitize a surface during the coronavirus (or COVID-19) crisis
Use the Front Door Safe Rule of 3 to properly sanitize a surface
Follow the Front Door Safe Rule of 3 for a safe, simple way to clean. These simple steps will help you keep your home, office, or place of business clean and safe all year long.
Front Door Safe Rule of 3
- First you clean, then you zap
Clean a surface first, then you can zap it with disinfectant. First, you use an all-purpose cleaner with a microfiber cloth to clean the surface—removing all the dirt and gunk, and fingerprints— and only then do you follow up with an EPA-Registered Disinfectant.
- Spray and stay
This is the most critical rule of the Front Door Safe Rule of 3. Spray disinfectant and then let it sit on the surface. Resist the temptation to wipe it immediately.
Do you know the dwell time of your disinfectant? Instructions on the bottle will tell you how much dwell time that particular disinfectant needs to kill viruses or bacteria. This is the amount of time that the liquid needs to remain on the surface before being wiped off. So have patience and wait the full dwell time before wiping the surface.
Most disinfectants need at least 90 seconds of dwell time to kill viruses. It’s harder to kill bacteria than it is to kill viruses, so the dwell time may be about ten minutes to kill bacteria. But if you’re only concerned about the coronavirus, let the disinfectant dwell on the surface for at least 90 seconds and then wipe it up.
- Once and done
Use an area on your microfiber cleaning towel only one time. Use another part of the towel to keep cleaning other surfaces. Do not clean multiple surfaces with the same towel. Need towels? Our mentor company has Speed Cleaning™ Microfiber Dusting and Cleaning Cloths.
You can keep flipping your towel to find clean sides to use. Spray disinfectant, let it sit for the right dwell time, then wipe with a towel. Use the towel areas once, then you’re done. Get a clean side for every surface you want to clean.
If you have sanitizing wipes, instead of “once and done,” it’s “once and toss.” Use the sanitizing wipe on one surface and then throw it out.
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Stay clean and stay safe!