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Cleaning with Antibacterial Wipes? Here are Three Things Not to Do

If you are like most Americans, you have likely spent more time cleaning and sanitizing your household in the past several weeks than ever before. With the coronavirus pandemic still in effect, many of us are turning to antibacteriawipes to disinfect frequently touched surfaces, light switches, and doorknobs. However, there are a few things not to do when using these popular cleaning products to kill germs and bacteria. Here are three common offenses.  

Applying one wipe to several areas of your apartment. 

Many antibacterial wipes come loaded with a strong cleaning solution designed to wipe away dirt and kill any bacteria left behind. Since these wipes are often saturated in the solution, you might be tempted to use one wipe in several areas of your home – like the bathroom, followed by the kitchen. But, using the same wipe for multiple surfaces can spread bacteria around. Plus, experts say that one antibacterial wipe most likely doesn’t contain enough cleaning power to handle most of your interior. Play it safe and use only wipe per room. 

Not allowing the solution to dry.  

When cleaning, most of us apply our solution of choice and quickly wipe it away. For products like window cleaners, this method can be effective. However, when it comes to antibacterial wipes, their efficacy lies in how long you leave the product on affected surfaces. Though most of us quickly rub in the antibacterial agent contained in these wipes, this is not the correct way to use this product. Instead, you must allow any surface you’re disinfecting to remain wet for three to four minutes. That way, the formula has enough time to kill germs. 

Using wipes after their expiration date.  

Have you ever noticed an expiration date on a container of antibacterial wipes? Trick question – in fact, many labels don’t bare expiration dates. However, that doesn’t mean that your wipes will stand the test of time. Antibacterial wipes have a shelf life of approximately two years. After this point, they aren’t as effective in killing germs. If you’re unsure how old your wipes are, check their scent. If the cleaning product smell isn’t nearly as strong as it used to be, you should consider using another product to disinfect your apartment home.  

As the saying goes, knowledge is power – and, at Greenhouse Apartments in Houston, Texas, we couldn’t agree more! We hope that this blog has presented you with the valuable information that you were seeking out. 

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