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Disinfecting and Sanitizing Properties for Sale: Why It Is Important

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April 27, 2020

Sanitizing and disinfecting are important and should always be done regularly, both in our homes and in public spaces. This has always been the case, but the current health pandemic we're facing hits home how important it is that we think about sanitizing and disinfecting as an essential part of the way we live. While we're not saying a better disinfection and sanitization routine could have prevented COVID-19, we are saying that a more diligent approach to disinfecting and sanitizing could help prevent the spread of germs and bacteria on such a huge scale.

Properties Listed for Sale Should Be Thoroughly Sanitized and Disinfected
While most of us are aware that sanitizing and disinfecting is important, how serious do we take it? Are there areas where we could improve our approach overall? What about rental properties or properties for sale? Everybody knows these properties must be cleaned before showing them to the public, but what about sanitizing and disinfecting? Shouldn't we be taking the cleaning process a step further to make sure that properties listed for sale have been thoroughly sanitized and disinfected, not just before being shown to the public, but regularly to keep it free of germs and bacteria the entire time it's being shown? The answer is, of course, yes. Properties for sale see a lot of traffic. This means people are coming in and touching things, coughing and sneezing, and going back out into the public. They are bringing in germs and bacteria and taking them out again. Multiply this by the number of visits a property might get and you can see how this is a hotbed of germs and bacteria.

Disinfecting and Sanitizing Is Necessary to Help Protect Realtors and Visitors

Properly Disinfect and Sanitize Homes for Sale

A lot of realtors understand the importance of keeping properties clean when they list them for sale, but cleaning isn't enough. Wiping, sweeping, mopping, and dusting is a great way to keep a property looking good, and it's a necessary part of keeping a property looking good for the public. Cleaning, however, has nothing to do with keeping a property safe from the germs and bacteria that are brought into the home and taken out of the home each time people enter the home to view it. Even if a home for sale gets sanitized as soon as it's listed, that's usually the extent of it. Few real estate companies are taking into consideration the number of people visiting the home each day, making it necessary to keep the property regularly sanitized. Furthermore, the new homeowners must consider sanitizing the property before they move in.

Places to disinfect and sanitize include:
  • Counters
  • Walls
  • Toilet seats
  • Light switches
  • Faucet handles
  • Vents
  • Other touchpoints
We mentioned counters above. Most people understand that surfaces need to be disinfected but think about all of the objects that are frequently touched by the public when a home is listed for sale. People will go through the home and touch just about any object in the home. They'll put their hands on the walls, turn faucets, and some will even use the bathroom. Most realtors are not going to disinfect and sanitize a home after every viewing or even once a week. Chances are good that if the house looks clean, they aren't going to think about sanitizing and disinfecting.

A Professional Disinfecting and Sanitizing Provides Long-Lasting Results
Many homeowners who move into a brand-new home don't think about disinfecting and sanitizing. Think about that. The house may look clean, and because no one has been living in it, new homeowners assume that the home is free of germs and bacteria. Most people moving into a new home aren't thinking about all of the people that have been through the home or what germs and bacteria might exist. They're excited about having a new home and getting moved in. It's important to take the time to do a thorough cleaning as well as a complete disinfecting and sanitizing process. This ensures your home is free of germs and bacteria and that you can move your family in without fear of residual germs and bacteria.

Avoid Harsh Store-Bought Products

Many store-bought sanitizers and disinfectants work because they contain harsh chemicals that can be harmful to people and the environment. Trading one vice for another, so to speak, doesn't make sense. Selected Sir Grout locations now offer a better, more effective way to sanitize and disinfect without putting your family at risk. We've partnered with Germinator Mobile Sanitizing to bring commercial and residential customers with a disinfecting and sanitizing service that ensures a healthier environment for your family or your customers.

Our Goal Is a Disinfecting and Sanitizing Service That Ensures a Healthier Environment
The first part of the two-step process provided by Sir Grout of Greater Boston includes disinfection of common touchpoints using products that meet the EPA's criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes the disease COVID-19. Some of the treated touchpoints include showers, tubs, toilet seats/handles, bathroom stalls, bathroom sinks, kitchen sinks, light switches, appliances, faucets, doorknobs, handrails, counters, furniture armrests, keyboards, tabletops, TV remotes, key fobs, and cell phones. The second part of the process involves the application of Germinator's long-lasting SHIELD solution to create a surface that inhibits the growth of bacteria, algae, fungi (mold & mildew) and yeast for up to 90 days.

One thing we've learned from the current health crisis is that it's always best to be prepared for any kind of circumstance. While sanitizing and disinfecting alone would not have prevented COVID-19 from becoming an issue, being more mindful of proper and effective disinfecting and sanitizing routines could have helped prevent the spread of the virus more effectively. If you want to learn more about Sir Grout of Greater Boston's disinfecting and sanitizing services or any of our hard surface restoration services, give us a call at (781) 899-0388. We'll be more than happy to schedule an appointment for a consultation.

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