When the Covid-19 pandemic tightened its grip on the world, fears also mounted regarding its longevity on various surfaces. People were worried and stressed they would unknowingly bring the virus home and spread it through various objects, including carpets. Most homeowners are worried and are asking how long coronavirus can survive on the carpet. In this article, we’ll set your mind at ease by answering the question and by sharing tips to keep your carpet clean and safe during Covid-19.
Lifespan and infectiousness
The coronavirus, like all similar viruses, spread through sneezing, coughing, talking, and physical contact. The lifespan and infectiousness depend on various factors such as humidity, temperature, and the penetrability of the surface hosting the virus.
We know that a dry, cold environment is conducive for the extended lifespan of viruses. Hence, coronavirus may remain infectious for twice longer on non-porous surfaces than porous surfaces. The good news is as carpets and upholstery are porous surfaces, they’re less likely to be hospitable to the COVID-19 virus than the non-porous ones.
There is no conclusive report stating how long the COVID-19 virus can remain active on various surfaces. However, studies seem to suggest that the virus can live on the surface for a duration ranging between 2 hours to a few days.
Importance of carpet cleaning
Carpets can be a health threat even under normal circumstances if left unclean. In a pandemic situation like the present, it is very important to keep your carpet clean to make sure you stay healthy. The easy and best way to do this is to practice good hygiene at home.
Here are some tips:
Wear gloves – Always wear gloves while cleaning and disinfecting the surfaces. This makes sure your skin doesn’t come into contact with the virus while cleaning. It is advisable to use disposable gloves as you can discard them after disinfecting the surface. Always make sure you dispose of them correctly.
Use EPA approved products – While cleaning, use products that come with EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens effective against COVID-19 and fully cleanse the porous surfaces.
Wash hands regularly – Make sure you wash your hands with clean running water before lathering them with soap. Scrub thoroughly for 20 seconds each, without missing the space between your fingers, under your nails, and on the backs of your hands. Rinse well and dry. If using a hand sanitizer, make sure it contains at least 60% alcohol.
Use right materials – When you clean surfaces, use alcohol-based wipes that offer better protection than the gentle baby wipes.
Consider high touch areas – Take care to disinfect the high touch surfaces in your home at regular intervals. This includes areas such as doorknobs, light switches, floors, walls, and countertops.
Use HEPA filters – While using a vacuum cleaner, it is preferable to use a HEPA filter so that even tiny particles are trapped inside and not recirculated.
Doormats – Use a doormat to keep shoes clean, leave them by the door, and use a disinfectant to treat them.
Clean the home regularly and deep clean at least once a week. It is better to schedule a professional deep clean at least once in two months to make sure your rugs, carpets, and upholstery are clean.
Get Help from Professional Cleaners
While you might be tempted to go for natural home remedies for various problems such as spot-treat stains, remember that substances like vinegar are not effective in killing coronavirus. So, it is always best to get professional help to make sure your carpet is clean and as safe as possible. Professional cleaning services use disinfectants to kill a wide range of microorganisms including bacteria, viruses, fungi, and mould.
Professional cleaner use the following methods for deep cleaning:
Wet sprays – These are used to completely coat the surface in a sanitizing or disinfecting solution. This is left to dry to ensure better effectiveness.
Steam Cleaning – Steam cleaning is used to remove any dirt or debris trapped in the fibres. It also removes any surface and sub-surface stains. This also eliminates the chances of odours from the residue. Steam cleaning leaves your home clean and safe for everyone.
Professional carpet cleaners use non-toxic, environment friendly carpet cleaning solutions, and specialised tools to make sure your home is safe and healthy to live in.
Contact us today to get your home deep cleaned and disinfected.