Spring is in the air! And, spring cleaning is upon us. This year, however, brings unprecedented circumstances. As many states, like Wisconsin, are practicing social distancing through Safer at Home orders, many people are spending the majority of their time at home. With extra time on your hands, why not tackle some household cleaning and disinfecting to keep your home and family safe and healthy. We’ll walk you through the steps on how to disinfect your garage amid coronavirus – and how to maintain it.
Before we begin, it’s important to understand the difference between cleaning your garage and disinfecting your garage. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the following guidelines are directed toward the general public regarding household environments.
“Cleaning refers to the removal of germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces. It does not kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection.
Disinfecting refers to using chemicals, for example, EPA-registered disinfectants, to kill germs on surfaces. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, but by killing germs on a surface after cleaning, it can further lower the risk of spreading infection.”
How to Disinfect your Garage
The CDC recommends daily cleaning of any hard surface that is frequently touched using an EPA-registered, regular household cleaner, and water. This means, items such as your garage door handle, garage door remote opener or keypad, light switches and inside door handles. For dirty surfaces, like garage floors and countertops, use a soap/detergent and water to remove the dirt and debris before applying a disinfectant.
When cleaning remote controls (or any item containing batteries), remove the batteries before wiping the device down. Never use spray disinfectant on battery-operated electronics. For small or grooved surfaces, apply the detergent to a cotton swab and then wipe.
Soft and porous surfaces like garage window curtains, entry rugs, and welcome mats should be washed according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. However, during this pandemic, it is suggested that you use the warmest water setting to completely launder the item and dry it thoroughly, followed by the application of a porous viral disinfectant.
About Joe Wilde Company
All Joe Wilde Company services are still up and running after the “Safer at Home” order, including our 24-hour emergency service. To protect our customers and team members we have closed our showroom to the public. We are now offering curbside service for our parts department.
All personnel is required to follow CDC best practices on social distancing, proper handwashing, and sanitation. This also applies to all on-site sales visits. We are also monitoring closely any signs or symptoms among team members, and those showing signs must self-quarantine per CDC guidelines.
Thank you for trusting Joe Wilde Company during these unique market and environmental conditions. We’re confident that we will successfully get through this time together. If you have any garage door installation or repair questions, or to schedule service, contact Joe Wilde Company online or by phone at 262-782-0500.