We already know that disinfecting surfaces we touch in our homes should be done on the regular to keep from spreading germs. What you may not know, however, is that you probably should be disinfecting your floors, too.
Your floors see a lot of grimy germs throughout any given day. Without realizing it, you drag dirt, germs, debris, and a host of nasty things into your home on the bottom of your shoes. Mere sweeping or quick mopping isn’t enough to remove the things that could make you sick. Disinfecting your floors like you disinfect your countertops is the only way to ensure every surface in your home is as germ-free as possible. Here’s what you need to know about disinfecting your floors.
Not Everyone Needs To Disinfect Their Floors
While it’s always a good idea to disinfect your floors from time to time, only households with small children, pets, or people with weakened immune systems need to do it on a regular basis.
The best way to go about disinfecting your floors is to begin where you enter the house. Entryways are notoriously germy as that’s where everyone comes in with shoes on. If you have everyone remove their shoes when they enter, the entryway will be the only floor you need to disinfect.
How To Disinfect Your Floors Properly
First, implement a “no shoes” rule in the house. Have anyone that enters take their shoes off right by the door. This way, you’ll only need to disinfect the floor in the entryway as apposed to every floor in your home if people walk through it with their shoes on.
When you’re ready to disinfect the floor, follow the tips below.
Use Steam to Disinfect
The best way to kill germs and bacteria on floors is with high heat. Steam cleaners work on almost every type of flooring, including carpeting. It’s a good idea to invest in a steam cleaner if your household falls into any of the “at risk” households mentioned above.
When you purchase a steam cleaner, make sure it reaches temperatures of at least 167ºF, which is the temperature the CDC recommends for killing most bacteria and viruses.
If you don’t have a steam cleaner, mopping is also an effective method to remove most household germs. Regular floor cleaners typically contain surfactants that loosen bacteria so it can be mopped away. After mopping with a household floor cleaner, be sure to follow up with a spray disinfectant that contains rubbing alcohol or bleach to fully disinfect the floor.
Disinfecting your floors is always a good idea, but if you have small children, pets, or someone with a weakened immune system living in the home, it’s a good idea to disinfect your floors regularly.