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Floor - March 20, 2020

How to sanitize upholstery and home surfaces without damaging them in a coronavirus clean – oregonlive.com

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, people are at home and focused more than ever on ways to disinfect household objects, some that may have never been cleaned before, like that colorful leather sofa.

The novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 may remain viable for hours to days on surfaces, according to public health experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

They recommend cleaning and wiping down frequently touched surfaces with a disinfectant daily during cold and flu season to reduce the risk of spreading infection.

It isn’t possible to remove bacteria from everything you touch, but soap and water, household cleaners and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved household disinfectants are effective on hard surfaces such as counters, tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets and sinks, says the CDC.

Products with EPA-approved, antimicrobial claims can be effective against hard-to-kill viruses, says the CDC. These include Clorox cleaner and bleach products and Lysol disinfectants.

Depending on the surface materials, you can use solutions with at least 70% isopropyl alcohol or diluted household bleach to kill bacteria. Mix four teaspoons of bleach into a quart of water, says the CDC, then rinse with water to avoid discoloration or damage.

Or spray with undiluted household hydrogen peroxide, which the CDC says works on rhinovirus infections, the cause of the common cold and harder to destroy than coronaviruses.

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