Cleaning to Kill Germs & Viruses in the COVID-19 Era

Even the best housekeepers learned to step up their game during the COVID-19 outbreak. What we all considered “clean” before got an extra spray, an extra wipe, and more scrutiny than ever before. COVID-19 and some other viruses can live on metal surfaces like doorknobs and silverware for up to five days! It survives on wood surfaces like tabletops and headboards for up to four days, and on glass and ceramics like windows and plates for up to five days! Fortunately, the virus gradually degrades and is easily killed with antiseptics and common disinfectant cleaners – but you have to know where viruses hide if you’re going to attack and kill them.

Roto-Rooter Plumbing & Water Cleanup learned to take learned to take extra precautions too. That included cleaning touch points with disinfectant sprays, wearing disposable gloves and other personal protective gear (PPE) as needed. Our highest priority became protecting our customers and employees. We also created a helpful infographic to help educate the public about eradicating viruses and germs that may be hiding in plain sight inside your home.

Our infographic is called Virus & Germ Prevention in the House. The information may be shocking to some people. For instance, do you know that a kitchen faucet handle can harbor 44 times more bacteria than your toilet seat? How about the fact that stove knobs are one of the top 10 common places for germs to hide in our homes? Additionally, the infographic has outstanding visual instructions for effective handwashing. You might think you’re washing your hands effectively, but you probably aren’t doing it as well as you could be. All the information was supplied by National Sanitation Foundation International and Centers for Disease Control.

We invite you to download this useful infographic or share links with your friends and family. If we all take steps to clean potentially contagious surfaces in our homes and wash our hands often and effectively for at least 20 seconds, we can feel confident that we’re doing our part to slow and stop the spread of viruses and germs.