What is the COVID-19 lifespan on carpet? As news spreads about Coronavirus and people are advised to stay home and stay safe, many questions are cropping up. One popular question is how long coronavirus can survive on carpet. In this article, we’ll address this inquiry. We will also offer tips for keeping your carpet clean and safe for your family.
COVID-19: The Infectious Lifespan of Viruses
In general, dry, cold environments extend the lifespan of viruses. Viruses such as COVID-19 can also remain infectious for about twice as long on non-porous surfaces. Because carpets and upholstery are considered porous surfaces (like clothing, wood and similar materials), they’re less hospitable to COVID-19.
Although it’s not certain how long the COVID-19 virus can remain active on surfaces, studies suggest that the coronavirus can survive on a surface for anywhere from 2 hours to a few days.
Tips for Keeping Your Carpet Clean
When there’s a virus or other illness going around, the best way to keep your carpets clean is to practice good hygiene for the whole home:
- Wear disposable gloves when cleaning and disinfecting surfaces. Discard gloves immediately after treating any surface in your home.
- Use products with the EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens claims that are expected to be effective against COVID-19 and will thoroughly cleanse porous surfaces.
- Wash your hands often. Wet your hands with clean running water before slathering them with soap. For 20 seconds each, scrub between your fingers, under your nails and on the backs of your hands. Rinse and dry. If you can’t get to a sink, use a hand sanitizer that contains 60% alcohol at minimum.
- Utilize alcohol-based wipes instead of baby wipes to clean surfaces.
- Disinfect frequently touched surfaces in your home, like doorknobs, light switches, floors, walls and countertops.
- Use a HEPA filter in your vacuum so that small particles are trapped inside instead of being recirculated.
- Keep shoes clean by using a doormat, then leave them by the door and treat them with disinfectant.
- Schedule a professional carpet cleaning service for your rugs, carpets and upholstery. While natural home fixes may spot-treat stains, substances like vinegar won’t kill coronavirus, so it’s best to call for a professional carpet cleaning make your carpet as safe as possible.
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