How to Kill a Virus: Your Surface Cleaning Guide


What's microscopic, ruined 2020, and can live up to 3-7 days on some surfaces?

You already know the answer. What you might not know? The best disinfectant practices to keep your home safe from COVID-19.

While it's less common to transmit COVID through surface contact (touching a surface that has the virus on it and then touching your nose or mouth), it's still possible. That's why it's crucial to stay informed as new guidelines emerge about the best ways to disinfect your home from viruses.

Rumours and confusion about how to get rid of COVID continue to swirl. We've gathered the most important research about the best ways to disinfect so that you get the facts on how to get rid of COVID. Whether you need to protect your home, school, church, or gym, this guide will give you the best disinfectant practices to stay as safe as possible.

The Big Question: Cleaning or Disinfecting?

The answer: both.

Cleaners and disinfectants are very different. While cleaners remove microbes and dirt from surfaces, disinfectants kill any viruses that remain on a surface.

That's why COVID cleaning guidelines state that the best way to disinfect your home is to clean your surfaces first, to remove any dirt and dust, and then apply a real disinfectant to kill any remaining viruses.

If you don't clean first, the dust and debris on the surface might protect the virus from your sanitiser. On the other hand, if you omit the sanitising step, you might inadvertently leave viruses on your table, door handles, and other surfaces.

To keep your home as safe as possible, start by applying a regular household cleaner (the CDC even recommends old fashioned soap and water). Then go over those surfaces with a lab-tested disinfectant that kills viruses fast.

What To Disinfect

Now's the perfect time to remember that loads of high-touch surfaces in your home and work are probably crawling with microbes. And since those surfaces are such an automatic part of our daily routines, we often don't even think about how they can transmit diseases.

While you might already be keeping your home surfaces squeaky clean, we are less likely to remember that keeping our work sanitised is just as important. Here are some high-touch workplace surfaces that we commonly forget to clean (and that you should definitely clean right now):

  • Handrails
  • Door handles
  • Computer mice, keyboards, and laptop exteriors
  • Lift buttons
  • Guardrails
  • The backs of meeting room chairs (focus on handles and armrests where applicable or the part of the back rest that is often used to move the chain in or out)
  • Handles and knobs of staff room appliances
  • Vending machine buttons
  • Work surfaces/cubicles
  • Taps
  • Toilet handles and chains

And what about your credit cards, glasses, and keys? Chances are that you touch them during or right after a shopping trip, before you've had a chance to sanitise your hands. That means they're top candidates for a clean-up.

What About Clothes?

While there's no clear research yet on how long the COVID virus survives on fabrics, experts suspect that it's less than the time it survives on hard surfaces. That still means infection is an issue.

For this reason clothing shops across the world are playing it safe by asking customers not to try on garments, in case they transmit the virus.

Just like with other surfaces, the best defense against COVID is to clean and disinfect the fabrics in your house. First clean the fabric if possible (by washing your sheets, clothes, and other fabrics in a standard washing machine), then apply an anti-viral disinfectant fabric spray.

The right procut will kill 99.9999% of bacteria and viruses that cling to the fabric after washing, and you can even use it to disinfect upholstery and other fabrics that you can't put in the washing machine.

Buying the Best Disinfectant

Best disinfectant practices don't mean anything unless you have a good quality disinfectant to kill the virus, and fast.

The Health and Safety Executive regulates biocidal and antiviral products in the UK. To make sure you're choosing the best disinfectant to combat COVID, make sure you pick a product that is rigorously lab-tested and certified anti-viral in one minute or less under the EN14476 standard.

Buy in Bulk

Remember the early weeks of the COVID awareness, when supermarket shelves were empty of disinfectant? We do too, and it wasn't pleasant. With national lockdown in the UK back in place, one of the best ways to avoid having to go back to scrounging around Google for available stock, is to buy in bulk.

Fortunately, disinfectant producers have responded to the increased demand. We recommend finding a reliable bulk supplier that is certified as Made In Britain. Build a relationship with that supplier, and buy in bulk amounts to ensure you get the best price, and a sufficiently decent supply.

Not only will you have the peace of mind that comes with having a reliable supply, but you'll also save on bulk disinfectant orders.

If you're running a gym, church, or another public place, you already understand the need to purchase in bulk. You probably have bulk amounts of ordinary cleaner on hand, but don't forget that you need to sanitise after you clean, so be sure to buy your certified disinfectant in bulk as well.

The Best Disinfectant is the Best Protection

Whether you're working to protect your home, gym, school, or church, killing the COVID virus is the top safety priority. With this guide, you'll have the know-how to effectively clean and sanitise every vulnerable surface. Plus, you'll be able to choose the best disinfectant to keep you safe.

Wondering where to source your lab-tested disinfectant? 3G Medical provides you with certified personal and bulk supplies that kill 99.99% of bacteria in 1 minute or less. And they're proudly made in Britain.

From surface sprays to handy wipes, from industrial supplies to travel size, you'll find the right antiviral disinfectant for you at 3G Medical. Check out their products to find the best disinfectant option for you.

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