Cold and Flu Season is officially upon us as we chug forward to the end of 2019, and NO ONE likes being sick because, for lack of a better word, it totally sucks.
Fortunately for you, there are plenty of ways you can keep yourself and the fam healthy this Flu Season, and once again, Zerorez® Phoenix is here to offer some expert advice.
As cleaning experts in Phoenix, we certainly know how cleanliness is directly correlated with staying healthy during winter, therefore, we are here to help!
Let’s have a gab about How To Stay Healthy During Flu Season with Zerorez® Phoenix:
1. All Hands to The Pump!
That’s right– hygiene is, to no one’s surprise, the first step on How To Stay Healthy During Flu Season.
During this season, flu and cold germs are lurking around on every surface you come in contact with, making it VITAL to keep your hands clean.
Hence the term, all hands to the pump!! After every place you go out in public, make sure you either carry a travel-sized hand sanitizer with you or else, all hands to the pump!
Experts say that you should scrub all over – the back of hands, between fingers, up the arm, and around nails – for about 20 seconds, then rinse well in warm water, dry with a paper towel, and use the towel to turn off the water faucet.
We know that seems like a lot, but it doesn’t hurt to be a bit “extra” sometimes does it?
Speaking of extra… remember to leave the bathroom by pushing the door open with your foot, turning the handle with that same paper towel, or opening it with your elbow!
You can never be too careful with proper hygiene, my friends.
2. Don’t Get Caught Germy-handed.
Another great hygienic process to make a habit during flu season is having your kiddos wash their hands, arms, and face when coming home from school.
Kiddos get sick often by rubbing their nose or eyes after cold/virus germs have gotten on their hands at school, and as we all know, kids simply don’t wash their hands often enough or well enough at school without us nagging them right?!
It’s a statistical fact that many families get sick often from kids coming home from school:
In one study of middle and high school students, about half washed their hands after using the bathroom — and only 33% of the girls and 8% of the boys used soap.WebMD
*shivers* Bleckkk, that is horrifying…
Teaching the babes about proper hand-washing etiquette at school and its importance is about the best thing we can do when sending them off to school (or show them this article and scare them half to death with grossness).
When in doubt, send some hand sanitizer to school with your littlies for the times they might not have access to a bathroom to wash their hands.
Teaching the kids how to stay clean at school, and having them wash up and change their clothes after they get home from school, will help keep the whole family safe this season!
3. Laundering is Important
Speaking of having your kids strip down from their sicky school clothes…
Laundering often during cold and flu season will definitely save you a sniffle. Clothing can harbor a plethora of those nasty germs!
Think about it… every time you sneeze or cough, you normally do your business right in your sleeve right? When you are out and about running errands around town, others are sneezing, coughing, or breathing in close proximity to you.
Your clothing often rubs up on surfaces, walls, and doors, picking up any germs that may be lurking on those surfaces.
Changing and laundering your clothes regularly can save you some sickness this cold and flu season!
But we’re not just talking about laundering your dirty clothes – we’re also talking about washing your bedsheets, blankets, and towels as well!
This is particularly important if a member of the family is already sick! Cleaning their fabrics frequently can eliminate those menacing germs.
4. Disinfecting The Home
Just as important as proper hygiene and clean fabrics, is a clean disinfected home. Bacteria and germs don’t just creep around in public spaces– they are also in your home… Ack!
What About That Sofa?
Speaking of laundering and keeping your fabrics clean, what makes your sofa any different?
Much like clothing, anything with fabric will be a safe haven for those little germies, including your couches and chairs. Professional sofa cleaning is one thing that slips our minds, especially during the holiday season.
If you can’t remember the last time you had your house professionally cleaned, or know that you have never had your sofa professionally cleaned, there has never been a better time.
Germs, bacteria, dirt, and grime alike, all build up in your upholstery! Just because you don’t see the germs, doesn’t mean they aren’t there.
All of that sickness is tightly packed into those fabric fibers, making for the ultimate house for the cold and flu!
Once you sit down in your favorite chair after a long day to watch a TV show, all of those germs are disturbed and released right into the air…
So if you can’t remember the last time you had your sofa and other furniture professionally cleaned, cold and flu season will grab you by the collar!
Zerorez® Phoenix will make sure there is no more sickness hanging out in your furniture.
With the germs and bacteria cleaned and sucked right out of your sofa, and the promise that there will be no harsh chemicals used in the process, you will be able to relax in a clean, healthy environment even during flu season!
Are your Carpet & Rugs Hiding Germ Fugitives?
In short, yes… yes they very much are!
Your carpet and rug fibers can hold just as much, if not more, bacteria than your sofa and upholstery can! Shall we have a competition to see who is nastier?
Honestly, I think we’d rather not know…
Just trust us when we say, your carpet and rug fibers are accommodating more than just a few viruses and bacteria. Between the daily wear and tear of walking on your floors, to the animals and kids playing, and things falling or being placed on the floors… there is a lot riding on your carpets!
The best practice to keep your family healthy during flu season? Have your carpets and rugs professionally cleaned this flu season– it is so necessary and so worth it. And hey, it’s cheaper than a doctor’s visit eh?
Carpets and rugs conceal so many hidden nasties in those long fibers and because of this, only a professional cleaning can truly eliminate the horror within.
Zerorez® Tucson‘s professional carpet cleaning is able to flush out and eradicate even the deepest germs and bacteria hiding in your carpet and rug fibers.
Only our cleaning method can completely clean the fibers of your carpet as well as the backing of your carpet, without flooding it or leaving excessive amounts of water (water that has germs and dirt floating around in it) behind!
Our process allows a full-coverage clean from floor to the tips of your carpet and rug fibers, without using cleaners or chemicals, making it the safest and healthiest way to clean your carpets and rugs this flu season.
Zerorezifying® Your Surfaces
Did you know the flu virus can live on any surface for up to 24 hours?
A fact no one REALLY wants to know, but absolutely SHOULD know.
If the flu season has already taken hold of one of your family members (or even if it hasn’t), making sure your household surfaces are cleaned and disinfected is pretty darn important!
Pick yourself up a bottle of Zerorez® Phoenix’s Powered Water® for all your flu season cleaning needs! Why this, and not your typical household cleaner? Because you are trying to reach optimum health this season aren’t you?
Using cleaners and chemicals that float around in the air after spraying can definitely cause some OTHER health problems… in your lungs!
So you’ll definitely want to snag yourself some of our chemical-free Powered Water® to use on some key spots around the house such as:
- remote controls
- computer keyboards
- doorknobs & light switches
- sinks & faucet handles
- tubs and toilet (including the entire seat and the toilet handle)!
Another piece of expert advice? Don’t use sponges to clean. The natural porous nature of a sponge can harbor a ton of germs all on its own. Opt for some rags you can wash or paper towels you can toss in the trash.
Cleaning your household surfaces regularly will help prevent that nasty virus from storming the “beaches” of your home!
The Right Way To Clean® Your Tile & Grout
Professionally cleaning your tile floors during the season helps to rid your home of any nasty virus bug that’s is stuck ALL up in your floors.
Your tile flooring can get just as unhealthy and germy as your carpets and rugs. Just because there is no fabric to harbor the bacteria, does not mean it is not there!
The grout is especially famous for being able to hide germ-fugitives. Because of grout’s naturally porous texture, it is able to sneakily lock away germs and bacteria without you even knowing. And it’s worse than you think!
And as we said before, these germs can live on your tile and grout for up to 24 hours as well!
Now you’ve got a few options here my friends. Of course, you can get down on your hands and knees to scrub out the grout with a toothbrush and cause yourself some long-term back problems.
OR would you rather choose the best and easiest way to Stay Healthy During Flu Season?
You can simply have the Zerorez® Phoenix professionals take care of it. This is way easier if you ask me, plus you get the added benefit of knowing your back won’t be hurting for the next week.
Have the professionals at Zerorez® Phoenix come by and give your tile and grout, carpets, rugs, and even your sofa some much needed TLC, so that you can make it through flu season completely unscathed.
It’s cheaper than a visit to the doctor’s office– that’s a promise!
Written by: Leah Roberts