Carolyn Forte, the Director of Home Appliances and Cleaning Products Lab at Good Housekeeping, explains that most people think cleaning is a matter of "spray and wipe and the germs are killed," but she tells Dr. Ian Smith for these products to be effective it takes time and the cleaner needs to sit on surfaces for the directed amount of time to properly work.
Carolyn's tips for safe and effective cleaning include:
Use the only registered product: She tells Dr. Ian Smith products that are registered with the EPA (you can find the EPA registration number usually on the back label) means the claims of the cleaner are tested and verified.
Disinfecting cleaners vs. sanitizing cleaners: She says both types of cleaners will kill germs and help stop the spread of germs, but she notes disinfecting kills 99.999 percent of germs and sanitizing kills 99.9 percent of germs, which might not sound like much, but Carolyn says this does matter. She notes sanitizing occurs quicker and to properly disinfect the product will need to remain on the surface for longer.
Do not try to disinfect a dirty surface: To properly clean something, do not start with a dirty surface. She suggests washing away any grime, food, or dirt with soap and water before disinfecting.
Wet the entire surface: To properly clean a surface, she says to make sure the entire area is covered in cleaner.
Are you using the right products to fight the virus? Get the EPA's list of disinfectants that are strong enough to defeat "harder to kill" viruses like COVID,
And as always, following all the cleaner's directions and safety guidelines when using.