A Checklist for Sanitizing Key Touch Points to Minimize Child Illness
Despite the diligent efforts of parents, it can be difficult to control and remove the viruses and germs that are infectious to kids. Germs and viruses are not just found in visible dirt, they can be found hiding anywhere our hands have touched after being contaminated. Worse yet: the flu virus can survive on a hard surface for up to 48 hours.
Fresh Tech Maids, a Chicago maid service, understands the importance of doing all we can to eliminate germs from kids’ high-touch points. See below for our check list to prevent your child from getting sick when pesky germs are brought in from stores, school, work and any anywhere else they may be lurking. As parents and kids are so inter-dependent in a home, the check list is not just directly related to kids, but also adults.
Proper hand washing for everyone in the home. It is not about the soap, but the way how to wash your hand. Lather your hand with soap for at least 10 seconds (or sing “Happy Birthday” two times!) Proper hand washing for everyone in the home. It is not about the soap, but the way how to wash your hand. Lather your hand with soap for at least 10 seconds (or sing “Happy Birthday” two times!).
Refresh and “clean” the indoor air for oxygen rich healthy breathing! Bundle up, turn off the heat for a while, and open windows (at least one window in each side of the room, if any) for at least 5 to 10 min.
Sterilize sponges, the biggest spreader of germs in a home.
Dishes, the hottest germ carriers, deserve to be treated with the hottest sanitize cycle from the dishwasher.
Clean up the most commonly infected areas: handles, switches, and knobs, especially in the kitchen and bathroom.
Clean up toys, pay special attention to chewing toys.
Sanitize high chair trays.
Thoroughly and safely clean commonly used electronics such as remotes and stereo buttons.
Cell phones, tablets, and iPads: the most frequently touched areas must be cleaned most frequently!
Laptops and keyboards – remove the hidden germs and viruses.
Thermometer and home security panels.
This list can truly help in maintaining a germ-free, healthy place for your family, including the child. Most of these can simply be implemented using items already in your home and putting a bit of thought into where germs may thrive. By sanitizing your home base, your family will be in a great position to prevent kids from getting sick. Start today!