Pesky Germs can hide anywhere in your home. The Carpets, Rugs, hard surface countertops, doorknobs, and even upholstery are capable of housing germs, bacteria, and allergens. If there are things that get used a lot in your home, you should clean those things daily. During the flu season, consider having your carpets and tile floors cleaned by a professional company such as Pacific Steam Carpet Cleaning. We use Hot water between 200-240 degrees which may help kill and sanitize your home surfaces. Temperatures between 167-212° F, according to the CDC, are required to kill the flu virus.
What Kills Influenza Virus?
Influenza virus is destroyed by heat (167-212°F [75-100°C]). In addition, several chemical germicides, including chlorine, hydrogen peroxide, detergents (soap), iodophors (iodine-based antiseptics), and alcohols are effective against human influenza viruses if used in proper concentration for a sufficient length of time.
Cleaning and Disinfecting Helps Prevent Spread of Sickness
We recommend you vacuum the carpet in your home 2-3 times each week and once a day for high-traffic areas. Vacuuming will help to remove some of the germs, dust, and allergens on the surface of the carpet. However, there are germs and soil deeper in the carpet fibers that require professional carpet steam cleaning services for removal.
Too often our carpeting, bedding, and other soft fabrics go unnoticed when cleaning and sanitizing to limit the spread or clean up after influenza (flu) or other cold and stomach bugs come into our lives. Much of the time hard surfaces like countertops, hard surface flooring, and hard surfaces in bathrooms and kitchens are the first to see cleaning and disinfecting. But, this is not the time to lose sight of the importance of cleaning our carpets, rugs, mattresses, and fine fabric upholstery. Do not let your carpets and upholstery be hiding spots for pesky problematic bacteria and germs that can find their way to others in the home.
Follow these tips to remove germs, pathogens, and allergens from your home’s soft surfaces:
- The best thing you can do is Vacuum using a strong sealed HEPA vacuum to remove debris, dust, and airborne particles that can cause problems in the home. Professional Carpet Cleaning is a great way to be proactive in removing lingering pathogens on your surfaces.
- Schedule your upholstery cleaning by Pacific Steam Professionals. This can help remove any lingering germs and pathogens from surfaces that someone with the Flu or Cold may have slept on or has rested on.
Cleaning to Prevent the Spread of Cold & Flu Viruses in Your Home