How to effectively sanitize a home office


RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Many people are learning that working from home can be a big adjustment. New work habits need to be developed. People also need to worry about keeping their home office clean.

There is a right way and a wrong way to sanitize a home office. One expert said the most effective way to keep it clean is by using bleach.

“What you want to do is add one-third a cup of bleach to a gallon of water, and you can use that as a cleaning solution,” said Mark England of Avantaclean of Cary and Apex.

England added that when making a bleach solution, put it in a bowl of some kind and use a cleaning rag or towel to apply it to a surface that needs disinfecting. Precautions needed when working with bleach include:

  • Wear gloves and eye protection
  • Never mix bleach with any other solvents because they can react badly
  • Let the bleach solution air dry

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“You want the bleach solution to stay on. That way it will kill any virus that that might be there,” England said. “You want to clean in one direction because you don’t want to cross-contaminate. When you clean in a circular motion, you can cross contaminate the surfaces.”

England also recommended cleaning a home office at least twice a day: once in the morning and again after leaving the home and coming back. Anyone with younger people living in the house should sanitize more often.

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