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Understanding and protecting your home or business from Covid-19

bio-one-1024pxDeborah Lytle, executive director of Congregation Anshei Israel, and David Scott, co-owner of Bio-One of Tucson, at Anshei Israel. Bio-One provided training in COVID-19 cleaning methods to Anshei Israel’s facilities team. (Courtesy Bio-One of Tucson)

Presently, it is more important than ever to ensure that your home or business is safe from COVID-19. If we all do our part in social distancing, staying clean, and disinfecting our buildings, the sooner things can get back to normal.

This can be a difficult prospect, given that COVID-19 can be spread by people who don’t show symptoms. Furthermore, the virus can dwell on certain hard surfaces for a few hours up to a few days. You can call Bio-One of Tucson for professional COVID-19 cleaning services if your home or building has verifiably been exposed. Many members of our community are also taking precautionary measures to keep themselves and their loved ones safe.

For that reason, it is important to know how long COVID-19 lasts on basic surfaces. This is what the current information provided by the CDC suggests:

Copper Surfaces – 4 Hours: The virus purportedly survives for about four hours or so on copper. Keep copper surfaces clean if they’re in a situation where they’re frequently being used.

Cardboard – 24 Hours: For many homes and businesses, cardboard boxes are a regular part of the day (especially for those that frequently use Amazon and other delivery services). So, be wary. The virus can survive for 24 hours on any box. You’ll want to make sure you know where every box has been, and where it came from. Take extra caution, because it’s impossible to know if their previous handler was exposed or how long ago the possible exposure occurred.

Plastic and Stainless Steel – 3 Days: This statistic is dangerous because the average American home and/or business is loaded with plastic and stainless steel. The former is used for just about everything, and the latter is a very popular choice in the kitchen. Be extra diligent about disinfecting these items, because they could harbor the virus from a visitor who came in contact as far back as three days ago. Since plastic and stainless steel objects are usually the types of items that are handled frequently, be on your guard and keep disinfectant handy.

Wood – 4 Days: Wood may be fairly prominent in your residential or commercial building. Refrigerator handles, cupboards, doors — all of these things are often made with wood, and they’re all items that are frequently touched. Because COVID-19 can last up to four days on wood, don’t neglect your cleaning and disinfecting duties.

Glass – 5 Days: Glass is the most vulnerable surface to prolonged COVID-19 exposure. The virus can purportedly last up to five days on glass. Keep your windows clean, wash your dishes, and disinfect your smartphone on a regular basis. And of course, advise visitors not to handle glass items unless it’s absolutely necessary.

Professional COVID-19 cleaning and disinfecting services

We understand it can be daunting to keep all of these surfaces clean on a regular basis — it is undoubtedly more of a workload than you’re used to. Has your home, business, or commercial building recently been exposed to COVID-19? Even with diligent cleaning on your part, there is no way to ensure that you have completely eliminated the virus molecules. Bio-One of Tucson can come in and fog your home or business with the approved CDC mandated chemicals that kill the coronavirus on contact. We are uniquely equipped to clean biological messes and we have been continually providing COVID-19 cleanup services to the Tucson community. To find out more about the disinfecting services that government entities, city departments, and other homeowners of Tucson have been using to disinfect from COVID-19, call Bio-One of Tucson at (520) 771-5960.