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Preventing Coronavirus In Your Rental Property

At this time, the novel coronavirus is still spreading in some communities in the U.S.

Targeted hygiene practices can go a long way to help keep families safe. Following product use and safety information is critical in this regard. It is especially important now to make sure cleaning and hygiene precautions are not just being done, but being done correctly, to ensure effectiveness.


Proper handwashing is particularly important because it is such a critical step in preventing the spread of germs:

  • Wet hands with clean, running water before applying soap.

  • Lather both hands, including the backs of your hands, between your fingers and under your nails.

  • Scrub hands for at least 20 seconds before rinsing and drying.

Hand Sanitizer

The CDC notes that this can be a useful alternative if soap and water are not readily available, as long as it contains at least 60 percent alcohol.

  • Use one or two squirts or pumps of the product.

  • Rub hands together briskly, including the front and back, between fingers, around and under nails until hands are dry.


Before disinfecting, it’s important to clean up any dirt or grime on the surface to get the most protection from your disinfectant. Follow the guidelines for the disinfectant you choose to eliminate the most germs.

There are a number of disinfectant and cleaning products that can be effective against the novel coronavirus on hard, nonporous surfaces, in accordance with the EPA Viral Emerging Pathogen Policy.

In the kitchen:

  • Clean and disinfect countertops, sink hardware, cabinet pulls, appliance handles and cutting boards.

  • Use dishcloths you can wash on the hot cycle. Replace towels and dishcloths each day.

  • Clean spills so they don’t attract more dirt and bacteria.

  • Empty wastebaskets and take out any garbage daily. Spray trash cans with disinfectant each time.

In the bathroom:

  • Clean and disinfect the bathroom faucet and handles.

  • Empty wastebaskets and disinfect them daily.

  • Spray the toilet and flush handle with disinfectant or sanitizing wipes.

  • Do not use bath towels or wash clothes more than once to prevent the growth of germs and bacteria.

In the kitchen:

  • Wash kitchen sink strainers in the dishwasher.

  • Remove and hand wash oven and range knobs.

  • Clean and disinfect the kitchen sinks.

In the bathroom:

  • Wash your toothbrush holder and toothbrushes and disinfect them. If they are dishwasher safe, just run them through with your dishes.

  • Clean and disinfect your bathtub and shower, including the shower doors and handles. If you have a shower curtain that is machine washable, throw it in the washer.

If you need help or don’t have the time to follow a disinfecting routine, please consider hiring a professional cleaning service.

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