The Importance Of Cleaning Laundry And Garments After COVID-19
If you are wondering about safe laundry handling post COVID-19 the importance of cleaning garments, this post will explain everything you need to know on the subject. In addition, we will discuss some of the importance steps you should be taking to properly clean clothes and how you can keep yourself safe in the process.
Handling dirty laundry and infected garments can be difficult for many different reasons. In the past, we never really thought about how to safely handle a sick person’s clothing. However, all that changed when the coronavirus pandemic hit our area of New Jersey this past spring.
Safe Handling Of Clothing Is Crucial
Handling dirty laundry and other garments that a sick person was in contact with is extremely dangerous. What we know so far is that COVID-19 can last on different surfaces for a good amount of time. Many people have questions about whether the coronavirus is in their clothing and hair. And we are going to try to answer all of your questions as best as we can.
While the length of time COVID-19 lasts on clothing is still not completely known, we do know that you should protect yourself to your best ability. In addition, not all of your clothing is made of absorbant fabrics that the virus is said to last the least amount of time. Areas of clothing such as zippers, buttons, and plastic can carry and transfer the virus for a longer amount of time. For this reason, it’s extremely important to handle clothing carefully.
COVID-19 Is Transferred Through Respiratory Droplets
By now, most people know that COVID-19 is transferred through respiratory droplets. If a sick person is wiping his or her runny nose on the sleeve of a shirt or coughing and getting saliva on clothing, this would present a very bad situation. You must ask yourself, wouldn’t it then be possible to get coronavirus from the fabric of a sick person’s clothing? The answer is yes – of course.
This simple fact presents a real concern to people who are caring for a person with coronavirus. It also accentuates the fact that it’s vital to do all that you can to stay safe.
Below are some common guidelines for staying safe while doing your laundry and the laundry of a sick person.
Handling Laundry Post Coronavirus
Here are some important tips for handling laundry post coronavirus to prevent transmission and reinfection. You should remember, when you are out in public and someone coughs, you are at risk for getting infected. You can read more about the way germs spread through the air in this article here. You can also read this article on how long coronavirus can live on clothing for more information on the subject.
However, this should all be kept in mind when handling laundry. A garment of clothing you may not think has been infected may in fact be covered with germs.
Here are some suggestions to follow:
- Wear gloves while handling laundry
- Wash items on the highest setting appropriate without damaging items (be sure to check the label for guidance)
- You can actually clean the dirty laundry of a sick person and a healthy person together. However, wear gloves and wash your hands thoroughly after finishing handling the garments
- Keep a separate (lined if possible) hamper in the room of the sick person. Sanitize the hamper thoroughly when doing the laundry.
- Take off gloves immediately after doing the laundry and wash your hands immediately
- Use laundry services whenever possible to avoid handling dirty clothing and in order to have a professional do the job.
Using Laundry Services
Using laundry services is a great way to avoid most contact with dirty garments. The best way to find a professional commercial laundry service is to go online and type in laundry services near me and see what results populate.
You will want to find a laundry pickup and delivery service that has some awareness on how to handle COVID-19. This should be obvious by talking to them reading their reviews, and looking on their website.
You can contact your desired laundry service and ask the following questions to make sure they are up to par:
Questions To Ask A Laundry Service:
- What precautions are you taking for dealing with COVID-19?
- Are you using products recommended by CDC?
- What is the pickup and delivery process you offer?
- Will I need to be physically in contact with you or can services be ordered online?
More Information On Handling A Sick Person’s Laundry
You will want to be very aware of your actions as you are handling a sick person’s laundry. Be sure not to touch your mouth or eyes and wash hands frequently.
You will want to wash hands every time you are in contact with the sick person and also after you’ve handled any of their items. It’s also important to wash hands after blowing your nose or sneezing.
You should try to keep the sick person confined to a separate room with a separate bathroom to use as well. If a person in your household has COVID-19 but is able to function well, you should ask them to clean up after themselves and wipe surfaces down. In addition, they should do their own laundry if possible. However, we know that in most cases the person will probably be bed ridden.
The point is that you will want to keep your distance and put off any interaction unless absolutely necessary. This is the safest way to handle cleaning up after and doing the laundry of a sick person. Other than hiring laundry services, which is the ideal way to handle it if possible.
The coronavirus has completely rocked our world. Life will never be the same. However, there are things you can do and precautions you can take to make daily life a little safer and more manageable.
We hope you’ve learned a lot about the importance of cleaning laundry after COVID-19 and wish you all the best.