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Spring cleaning during a pandemic

Samantha Boring
Updated: April 06, 2021 07:17 AM
Created: April 06, 2021 07:11 AM

(ABC 6 NEWS) - It is time to start spring cleaning again for some people and with the ongoing pandemic, experts say it is good to know how your cleaning products can disinfect surfaces from possible COVID-19 transmission. 
According to The American Cleaning Institute, almost 70% of Americans plan to Spring clean this year and more than half of those households say they've been cleaning more due to COVID. When the pandemic first started, we were not sure how long COVID-19 lasted on surfaces. Rick Kennedy who is a Professor of Medicine and Co-Director of Vaccine Research with Mayo Clinic said we now know that the virus does not like heat, light, or humidity. He said most household cleaners can kill the virus. 
"You can't just spray it and wipe it up immediately. You have to leave that cleaner in contact with the virus for anywhere for a couple of minutes to 10 or 15 minutes," said Kennedy. 
Olmsted County Public Health also recommends dusting your home and opening your windows for air to flow in. One local cleaning company in Rochester said it has seen a lot more people looking to get their homes cleaned this past year. As Spring cleaning approaches, they recommend people look at the detail. 
"Start from top to bottom, dusting your way down, do your windows, sometimes your walls need a little bit of love too," said Owners of Bri's House Cleaning, Brígida Amezcua & Chris Barraza. They added, "Things that you never think, Even inside your closets, inside your cabinet, all kinds of stuff you know. Some things that you have to think about when you do the Spring cleaning."
If you are sick or living with someone who is sick, it is also a good idea to pay attention to those high touchpoints. 
"We try to focus like how we clean the surface. You know like the door handles, remote controls, I mean everything that you touch the most," said Brígida Amezcua & Chris Barraza.
You do not have to use harsh chemicals to clean your home. Bri's House Cleaning says you can use simple things like soap and water or a vinegar and water mixture. They also recommend if you use a chemical or acid product to use gloves and dilute it with water to keep yourself safe. 
The CDC recently updated its guidance on cleaning and disinfecting everyday household surfaces. It says in most situations, a thorough scrub with soap and water reduces virus levels on surfaces. Disinfectant sprays and wipes are only recommended in homes where there has been a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19. 

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