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Humans have gotten pretty good at cheating death. Over the course of recorded history the life span of a human has been on an upward trajectory. With the advances in science and medicine the life expectancy for humans has gone from the late forties up to the mid-seventies in just the last hundred years. Our ability to detect and combat viruses has greatly improved our overall health. Unfortunately, viruses have the ability to adapt and evolve as well. As we get smarter they get smarter, this is all part of natural selection.

We often hear stories in the news about “Superbugs” such as MRSA that have evolved to become resistant to antibiotics. These types of viruses are becoming more common all the time. The World Health Organization warns that “Without urgent action we are heading for a post-antibiotic era, in which common infections and minor injuries can once again kill”.

One of the best ways to protect ourselves from the transmission of these viruses is to keep our environment clean. A virus cannot survive long without a host, however some can live on surfaces for days, even weeks at a time. This is why it is important to disinfect a home after somebody has been affected by viruses such as MRSA or Hepatitis C. This is especially true if there has been any leaking of bodily fluids or blood from open wounds. Many people receive in home care from medical professionals after having surgery or an acute illness. The risk for transmission is greatly increased in a hospital setting and often times the patient could carry these bugs home with them. While practicing good infection control techniques is essential to prevention it often isn’t enough.

The proper use of antimicrobial solutions can eliminate surface contaminates and kill any microbes or germs that might be hiding there. Using proper cleaning techniques for soft surfaces is also important. The combination of high temperature and the proper cleaning agent makes the Hot Water Extraction method ideal for carpet and upholstery that might be contaminated. The use of personal protective equipment (PPE) is essential when decontaminating an affected area especially if there are any type of bodily fluid or blood present. In some cases it might even be necessary to use a respirator.

While these are all viable options for disinfecting a home, it is also possible to prevent the viruses from living on the surfaces in the first place. Having a home treated with a specialized surface protectant can create a barrier of protection that will kill bacteria and microbes as they are introduced to the surface. This is a great option for someone that has become infected with a virus and shares a home with others that might not be affected. It is also a great option for public buildings such as daycares and doctor offices that have a higher risk of spreading a virus.

While good hand washing practices will go a long way in preventing the spread of disease, it isn’t always enough. Often times it is necessary to have a home or business professionally disinfected. At On The Spot Cleaning & Restoration our cleaning technicians have the proper equipment and training to make a home safe again.