As news continues to spread about COVID-19 and people are advised to stay at home and stay safe, many questions are cropping up and for good reason. One popular question homeowners have been asking is how long coronavirus can survive on carpet. In this article, we will tackle the things you need to know about COVID-19 and flooring surfaces, as well as offer tips for keeping your carpets and homes in Singapore safe.
The Lifespan of Coronavirus
The coronavirus and similar viruses can be distributed through sneezing, coughing, talking and physical contact. The infectious lifespan of these illnesses, including the coronavirus, depends on humidity, temperature and the porosity of the flooring or surface hosting the virus.
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 than porous surfaces. Because carpets and upholstery are considered porous surfaces — just like clothing, wood and similar materials — they are less hospitable to COVID-19 than non-porous ones.
Although it’s not certain how long the virus that causes COVID-19 can remain active on flooring and surfaces, studies suggest that the coronavirus can survive on a surface for anywhere from two hours to a few days.
Luxury vinyl flooring or laminate flooring? Which is far susceptible to bacterial and viral growth?
Unlike other alternatives to wood flooring, luxury vinyl flooring in Singapore has the aesthetic of wood at a better price point and is far superior to laminate flooring in terms of containing the spread of germs. Although the Coronavirus is said to last at least two days on wooden surfaces, as far as flooring goes, laminates and other cheap floorings in Singapore are not ideal for avoiding bacterial growth due to the engineering and the lifespan of the flooring.
If you are looking for a better flooring product during this pandemic, we highly recommend luxury vinyl flooring, which is a hard plastic waterproof flooring that will not break down and will not easily be contaminated. The material of vinyl flooring itself has an antimicrobial built in the finishing process. You can also put any kind of cleaning solution on it, such as bleach, steam, and disinfectants, over and over without damaging the material and keeping your family safe.
Tips for keeping your carpet clean
When there is a virus or other illness going around, the best way to keep your carpets clean is to practice good hygiene for the whole home:
1. Wear disposable gloves when cleaning and disinfecting flooring surfaces. Discard gloves immediately after treating any surface in your home.
2. Use products with the EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens claim that are expected to be effective against COVID-19 and will thoroughly cleanse porous flooring and surfaces.
3. Disinfect frequently touched surfaces in your home, like doorknobs, light switches, floorings, walls and countertops.
4. Use a HEPA filter in your vacuum so that small particles are trapped inside instead of being recirculated.
5. Keep shoes clean by using a doormat, then leave them by the door and treat them with disinfectant.
6. Schedule a professional 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 clean to make sure your carpet is as safe as possible.
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