How to Sanitize Clothing during Coronavirus Pandemic

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Throughout America, citizens have been asked to practice social distancing, work from home, and to follow the advice from the CDC and World Health Organization to slow down the spread of COVID19. An important part of virus suppression is sanitization. According to the CDC it is still not completely known how long the COVID19 virus can stay on a surface, but the estimate is that it could be a few hours to a full day. This estimate is based on similar viruses. Regardless, it cannot be understated how important it is to clean and disinfect. As laundry providers in the northeast area, we want to take this time to directly address the tenants that use our machines and present this guide to disinfecting clothing.

When Should You Disinfect Your Clothing

The CDC is recommending that citizens disinfect surfaces and items around their homes or businesses consistently. To that point, you may want to do your laundry more often during this pandemic. Cloth material is especially dangerous as it can trap moisture which could increase how long a virus or bacteria could live on its surface. Here are a few special times you should consider disinfecting clothing.

  • When you buy new clothing
  • If you have any clothing that was worn while in public crowded spaces or in public transportation
  • If you or someone you know has experienced any symptoms
  • If you have used your sleeve to cough into

Part of the reason we are being more aware of washing our hands is that our hands come in contact with many different surfaces throughout the day, similarly, our clothing also carries disease.

How To Disinfect Clothing

You can disinfect your clothing by simply doing your laundry. However, there are a few things to pay close attention to. The CDC has recommended that citizens clean clothing in warm water, and that their clothing is completely dried. It is also recommended that you clean any hamper linings that you may use. Do not overload your machine, not only is this dangerous for the machine and could cause a breakdown, but it also means that your clothing will not be washed thoroughly. Make sure you use the right type and the right amount of detergent for your load.

For More Laundry Tips, Read Our Blog

At Automatic Laundry, we are often posting important guides on how people can better wash their clothing. Check out our guide for advice on washing and drying your clothes. As we continue quarantining areas of the country, make sure to properly disinfect your clothing to best protect you and your neighbors.

 

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