If you’re worried about person-to-person transmission of COVID-19 coronavirus, one of the best ways to protect yourself after going out in public is by washing dirty clothing properly. Coronavirus has been shown to survive on shoes, and may also be able to survive on clothing.
In this guide from The Shirt Butler, we’ll discuss a few steps you can take to safely clean your clothes during COVID-19 coronavirus. Read on for more information, and see how you can stay safe.
1. Avoid Public Laundry Facilities
While you don’t have to worry about COVID-19 coronavirus surviving in industrial washing machines – the hot water and detergent used will quickly kill it – doing laundry at home is the best option for maintaining social distancing.
Physical distancing between yourself and other potentially-infected individuals and maintaining 2 metres of space has been shown as one of the best ways to prevent the spread of the virus.
At public laundry facilities, you may be close to a lot of other people. You’ll also touch buttons, knobs, dials, countertops, and other surfaces that may be potentially-infected. Even if the facility is doing a good job of cleaning these surfaces, you’re still at a higher risk of infection.
We recommend that you do laundry at home, or ask a close friend or family member if you may be able to do laundry at their home if you do not have your own laundry facilities. Staying at home will help keep you safe!
2. Change Out Of Potentially-Contaminated Clothing Immediately
If you’ve been around someone who is coughing or sneezing, or you were unable to maintain at least 2 metres of distance between others in public, you should remove your clothes as soon as you return home, then wash your hands with soap and water.
We recommend designating a particular hamper or laundry basket as a “dirty” basket, and only touching it after you’ve washed your hands, and while wearing gloves. You can also use disposable bags like trash bags to hold potentially-contaminated clothing until it’s time to do laundry.
3. Don’t Handle Dirty Laundry Too Much & Wear Gloves While Touching Dirty Clothes
“Hugging” dirty laundry to your body to carry it should be avoided, and you should also avoid shaking it, as this could potentially spread the virus, which is transmitted via airborne particles.
In addition, after cleaning and disinfecting your hands with soap and hot water, make sure you don’t touch your dirty clothes without wearing gloves. This will help minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19 through your clothing. Dispose of these gloves as soon as you are finished handling your laundry.
4. Turn Up The Heat While Doing Laundry
COVID-19 coronavirus, like other viruses, can’t handle prolonged exposure to high temperatures. So we recommend cranking up the heat on your washing machine and dryer as high as you can for your clothing. In addition, use the longest possible wash and dry cycle – the longer the clothes are exposed to high heat, the more likely it is that they will be completely decontaminated.
5. Leave Your Clean Clothes In Place For A Few Days After Laundering Them
If you want to be extra-cautious, just dump your laundered clothes into a clean laundry basket or hamper, and set them aside for a few days before handling and folding them. The virus cannot survive on clothing for very long – so if you don’t handle your clothing for a few days after washing it, you can be certain that your clean laundry is truly safe and virus-free.
Can’t Do Laundry At Home? The Shirt Butler Can Help!
At The Shirt Butler, we offer pick-up laundry service in Sydney and the surrounding areas – and we use the latest cleaning agents and disinfecting products to ensure that your clothing is laundered safely and properly. If you don’t have an at-home washer and dryer, we can take care of your laundry for you – and keep you safe!
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