Flu season is upon us, and it’s time for our yearly reminder that the right janitorial supplies can keep your facility clean, safe and healthy. Our experts have answered some of the most common flu-related FAQs here, and if you have a questioned that wasn’t answered, please don’t hesitate to contact us!
How long can the flu virus live on objects, like tables or doorknobs?
The virus can survive on hard surfaces for up to 24 hours. Regular cleaning can reduce these germs and the spread of the virus.
When is the best time to get vaccinated?
Get the flu vaccine as soon as you can. It takes about two weeks for the body to develop flu-fighting antibodies after a vaccination.
What will this flu season be like?
It’s really impossible to tell because the timing, severity and length of flu season varies so much from year to year.
When does flu activity tend to peak?
Flu season usually begins in October and high activity can occur until about May, but it usually peaks in December, January or February.
What janitorial supplies in Louisville can kill the flu virus?
Many common household cleaning products can kill the flu virus, including chlorine, detergents (soap), hydrogen peroxide, alcohols and iodophors, which are antiseptics with an iodine base.
If the flu invades your home or business, prevent it from spreading further by cleaning these areas:
Bedding, blankets and clothes.
Strip down the bedding at home, toss “sick” clothes in the wash and run it on the hottest temperature possible. Don’t forget to wash pillows too!
Whether at home or in the office, bathrooms are hotbeds for germs. Disinfect the toilet handle, toilet, faucets, sink and doorknob. Focus on reaching little cracks and crannies in these fixtures where germs can hide. Consider leaving a package of disinfectant wipes on the counter for quick wipe-downs throughout the day.
Hard Frequently-Touched Surfaces
Look around your home or business for hard-surface areas that regularly come in contact with skin. Disinfect doorknobs, railings, light switches, phones, desks and any other surface that may carry germs, even electronic devices.