High-touch surfaces and objects are those that people touch often, and are more likely to be contaminated by the COVID-19 virus. COVID-19 can be spread by touching contaminated surfaces or objects, and then your mouth, nose or eyes with unwashed hands.
It’s not certain to what extent contaminated surfaces or objects contribute to the spread of COVID-19. Studies show that the virus can stay active on surfaces and objects from a few hours to days, depending on the type of surface and environment. The virus can remain active for longer:
in temperatures under 20° C
in relative humidity levels under 40% and above 60%
on smooth surfaces like plastic and steel compared to porous surfaces like wood and cardboard
Cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces and objects can remove and deactivate the virus buymyhouse7.com/. This helps to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 .
Cleaning surfaces and objects with soap (or detergent) and water doesn’t necessarily kill germs. However, it reduces the amount of germs by physically removing them.
Put used disposable cleaning items, such as mop heads and cloths, in a lined waste container before throwing them out. Wash reusable cleaning items with soap or detergent and hot water (60° C to 90° C).
If using gloves, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after you remove them. If soap and water aren’t available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
Learn more about:
List of hand sanitizers approved by Health Canada
Reduce the spread of COVID-19: Wash your hands infographic
You can deactivate the COVID-19 virus by using appropriate disinfectants according to their product label directions. Ideally, you should always clean surfaces first with soap or detergent, and then disinfect them.
Check the label for a drug identification number (DIN) confirming that Health Canada has approved the product for sale in Canada. If an approved disinfectant isn’t available, use a diluted bleach solution.
Read and follow manufacturer’s instructions for safe use of cleaning and disinfecting products. Depending on the product, you may need to:
wear protective equipment like gloves, safety glasses or goggles
use it in a well-ventilated area
allow enough contact time for the disinfectant to deactivate the virus
properly store and dispose of the product