Flu Virus & Cleaning
With the year 2018 underway here in California we have also seen the flu virus get underway in populus areas such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, and my home town of Sacramento. California, it appears is breaking records for flu out breaks and some hospitals are overwhelmed with patients who need their help. This is a good time to discuss how you can lessen your chances of catching the flu. I am no doctor nor am a naturopathec healer so I will not be discussing how to boost your immune system or the pros & cons of the flu vaccine, but I would like to provide to practical cleaning steps that may prevent you and your family from catching the flu this season.
Step 1). It can not be understated that it is important that you wash your hands before touching food this applies to cooking and eating. Washing your hands removes unwanted bacteria from the surface of your hands. Keep your hands under running water for (1) minute and use paper towels to dry off.
Step 2). Always wash your hands AFTER going to the bathroom to relieve yourself. Do I really need to expound on this one?
Step 3). Open your house prodically and let fresh air in. According to many research studies the air in your home is (5) times more polluted than outdoor air. Air out your home even on cold days. Use some common sense.
Step 4). Vacumm your carpets and upholstery using a HEPA filtration vacuum. These types of filters are hospital grade and will trap mold, pollens, and other allergens in the bag. Even though allergens do not give you the flu you do not want to add to your misery if you already have it.
Step 5). Spray your home down with Lysol spray. Lysol can kill 99% of virus and bacteria. If you do not have access or can not use Lysol for some reason get fresh air into your home on a daily basis. Use common sense. Crack a window and let your house BREATH.
Step 6). Get your carpets & upholstery cleaned ASAP. Make sure that your cleaner uses "Hot Water Extraction" or what most people call steam cleaning. A quality cleaner can remove not only dirt and oils from your carpets but bacteria and viruses as well. Bacteria CAN NOT survive temperatures above 140 degrees fahrenheit and most cleaners that I know, including myself, uses water temperatures above 200.
I hope this information has been helpful to you and I hope you and your family don't get the flu. If you have questions you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a call at (916) 525-2456.
Michael Hull - Owner