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How to Sanitize Frequently Touched Surfaces

Karen Carter

There’s never been a more important time to sanitize frequently touched surfaces than right now.  Properly sanitizing includes more than a quick Clorox wipe down or a Lysol spritz.  To properly sanitize it’s important to remove the oils from frequently touched surfaces.

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You may be surprised to learn that your fingers contain a lot of natural oil.  A small amount of oil is left behind each time you touch something.  Over time, trace amounts of oil build up on frequently touched surfaces, like door handles.  Oil is a natural attractant and therefore begins to hold on to dust, dander, microscopic germs and even viruses.

Lysol is Not Enough

Simply spraying a handle with Lysol will certainly help eliminate surface germs, but it won’t remove the oil that attracts the germs in the first place.  It’s important to sanitize frequently touched surfaces on a regular basis because it will keep your home and family healthier.

Use Soap & Water to Sanitize Frequently Touched Surfaces

To truly sanitize frequently touched surfaces, you’ll want to wash the surface with soap and water, in turn removing the oils that hold on to the germs you’re trying to eliminate.  

Sanitize Frequently Touched Surfaces

Start with some mild dish soap, like Dawn, a small bowl of warm water and clean, cotton towels.  That’s all you need!  Dawn is a mild cleanser, gentle enough for regular use.  It’s the soap bubbles that will do all the work for you because they lift the oil away from the surface, removing the germs and viruses with it.

Use the cotton towel and soapy water to gently wash frequently touched surfaces like drawer pulls, door knobs and appliance handles.

It’s not practical to wash all the frequently used drawer pulls and door handles in your home on a daily basis, but it is something you may want to consider adding to your weekly or monthly cleaning routine.  Surfaces such as tile backsplash and counter tops can also benefit from regular tile cleaning and grout cleaning, too.  Removing excess oils from frequently touched surfaces will certainly help reduce germs that can build up on these surfaces.  

For the in-between times when you need a fast clean up or wipe down, Lysol and Clorox wipes are fantastic.

What About Sanitizing Floors And Carpeting

One of the big questions we often get here at Carter’s Carpet Restoration is whether floors and carpeting can be sanitized.  You can read more on the subject in this interesting article here.  While we can’t completely disinfect your carpeting so that it’s 100% free of bacteria, it certainly can be sanitized and you should do so regularly.

PRO TIP: Read these tips for cleaning tile floors to begin the process of keeping your home or business clean!  It really is worth it in the long run!

Allergens build up in the carpet fibers and fester. Cleaning flooring and carpeting regularly is important to improve air quality and overall sterility of the environment.


If you have any questions about sanitizing frequently touched surfaces, feel free to reach out to Carter’s Carpet Restoration today!

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