How to flu-proof your Philadelphia home

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Keep the flu virus away

The flu rate in Philadelphia is ranking low this year on the national flu index, let’s keep it that way.  Washing your hands, experts say,  is the best thing you can do to help  keep the flu virus away, but there are several other things you can do to protect yourself from the flu virus you should include into your routine.

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8 ways to avoid the flu this year

Your Homeworks House cleaning team is here to help and remind you to practice a few simple steps that will help keep your family healthy and prevent the flu from spreading.

Sanitize “Touchy” Surfaces
Flu viruses can live for two to eight hours on hard surfaces. Disinfect doorknobs, light switches, and remote controls frequently, using sanitizing wipes.

Wipe Your Feet 
Keep a clean doormat outside every entrance of your home, and take off your shoes when you enter the house. Wash the soles of your shoes regularly with hot, soapy water.

Wipe Off Your Phone 
If someone with the flu has touched, sneezed, or coughed on your phone, the next person to pick up the device could become infected. Clean your phones frequently, with antiviral wipes or sprays. Make it a habit to wipe off the phone every time you answer or hang up.

Detox Desktops, Countertops and Tabletops 

Everyday surfaces like countertops, desks, and tabletops are commonly contaminated with bacteria and viruses. To prevent germs from getting transferred to your hands, wipe down household surfaces often and be particularly conscientious about disinfecting any surfaces where food is prepped or served.

Decontaminate the Kitchen 
Stove tops, cutting boards, sinks, faucets, dishcloths, and sponges are all breeding grounds for germs. Wipe down kitchen surfaces daily, and run cutting boards and sponges through a sanitizing cycle on the dishwasher to eliminate contamination.

Wash All Cleaning Gear 
Dust rags, mops and other cleaning tools may just be spreading germs around your house instead of eliminating them. Wash all cleaning gear in hot, soapy water after use; a drop or two of bleach will do for disinfecting. Also, try switching to disposable cleaning cloths during the height of flu season.

Wash Linens 
Wash bed linens, towels, and rugs frequently in hot water to keep bacteria away.

Humidify Your Home 
The moisture that a humidifier adds to the air can help prevent the spread of cold and flu viruses.

Hiring  a regular cleaning service is a great help for you to manage all of these details.   Its one less thing that you’ll need to remember and the experts know what to look for.   So if your located in Philadelphia, Call Homeworks House cleaning today. 

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