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    Selling Your House? Here’s How to Disinfect It Properly

    Disinfecting Doorknob

    It’s not easy keeping your home clean and tidy when it’s on the market — and particularly in the middle of a pandemic. Now more than ever, you must be on your game when it comes to keeping your home clean to protect family members and guests from the spread of COVID-19.

    Studies suggest that the virus may thrive for hours or days on surfaces made from various materials. Although transmission from one person to another is much more likely, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends thoroughly disinfecting your home to mitigate risks.

    Whether you’re looking to do essential disinfection or a deep clean, we will outline what you need to know to maintain a clean, virus-free home for you and prospective buyers.

    Cleaning vs. disinfecting

    Cleaning a surface is not the same as disinfecting. According to the CDC, cleaning refers to “removing germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces.” Although cleaning surfaces to remove dust and particles is a must, always take the extra step of disinfecting.

    This means using disinfectant products that are known to be effective against the virus. The EPA has a list of these disinfectants here.

    The CDC recommends that high-touch surfaces be cleaned and disinfected at least once a day. This is necessary even if you’re mainly staying at home.

    Focus on germ hotspots

    Disinfect frequently used surfaces that are common breeding grounds for germs, such as:

    • Doorknobs
    • Keyboards
    • Phones
    • Tables
    • Light switches
    • Desks
    • Countertops
    • Faucets
    • Toilets
    • Sinks

    It is important not to wipe cleaning solutions off as soon as these are applied to a surface. Many disinfectants have to remain wet on a surface for 10 minutes to be effective. Wipe in an S shape to prevent recontamination while disinfecting.

    Sanitize your home

    The way you disinfect depends on the material of the surface. When working with strong chemicals such as bleach, make sure to spot test on a small, inconspicuous corner first.

    • Soft surfaces. For carpeted floors, rugs, and curtains, clean with soap and water. If possible, wash the items using the most appropriate hot water setting and dry items completely. Vacuum as usual.
    • Electronics. For tablets, touchscreens, keyboards, and remote controls, use a disinfecting wipe or alcohol solution.
    • Laundry. For clothes, towels, and sheets, use the warmest water setting and dry items completely. Clean and disinfect hampers as well.

    Stock handwashing stations

    Lower your risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19 by thoroughly washing your hands for 20 seconds. Help visitors stay safe by keeping handwashing stations accessible and stocked. Include a hand sanitizer and lotion.

    Adding these measures to your daily routine can help reduce the risk of infection for you and everyone in your home. Cleaning and disinfecting your home is a win-win situation for all: you keep your home in its best condition while keeping your household and potential buyers safe.

    Searching for more tips for selling your home in Brooklyn? Get in touch with Brooklyn real estate agent and long-time resident Tina Epstein for advice and the latest listings. Call 917.364.1070 or email tina(dotted)epstein(at)compass(dotted)com today to find out more about Ditmas Park, Kensington, and Midwood real estate.