10 Facts You Should Know About Coronavirus and Your Carpet
First, take a deep breath and relax. Feel free to close your eyes and think a happy thought. Take your time. If you manage to work in a quick power nap, we won’t tell anyone. Cue Jeopardy theme now . . . ready? OK, on to business.
The Coronavirus Pandemic
The entire world seems to have been taken over by fears of the coronavirus pandemic. Everywhere we look, terrified people are standing in long lines to stock up on food and supplies like manic preppers teetering on the brink of the looming zombie apocalypse. Stores are quickly running out of canned goods, bottled water, toilet paper, face masks, rubbing alcohol, disinfectants and medical supplies as soon as they are able to restock their shelves.
The fear mongers are all over the place, wreaking havoc on our common sense, so we are going to take a small step back so we can clearly identify our opponent’s strengths and weaknesses and prepare a plan for moving forward in an effort to protect our families, pets and homes.
Why are we so freaked out by the coronavirus? Good question. Do you recall that old saying that goes, “better the devil you know than the devil you don’t know”? It’s a true truism. If you haven’t had the time to learn some of the finer points of what we’re up against, we’re about to help you out with that. You may be very pleasantly surprised!
Ladies and gentlemen, without further ado, we would now like to present to you, in all his microscopic enormity, Mr. Coronavirus! (applause)
Would You Like To Know More?
- The coronavirus is, you guessed it, a virus!
- More specifically, coronavirus is one that attacks the respiratory system, which could potentially be really bad for folks who suffer from asthma or who have compromised immune systems.
- Viruses are pieces of genetic code (DNA or RNA) enveloped in a protective protein coating. In case it comes up while playing Trivial Pursuit someday, coronavirus is comprised of RNA (ribonucleic acid).
- Since viruses are not alive, they are either considered “infectious” (instead of “alive”) or “identifiable” (instead of “dead”). If a virus is considered “infectious” then it still has the ability to move into your body, multiply, and make you sick. An “identifiable” virus is rendered harmless but traces of the genetic code can still be found, proving it was there and potentially infectious but is not anymore.
- Viruses are pathogens (which simply means they are capable of making you sick) but they are also nonliving organisms which means they are unable to multiply unless they are inside a living host.
- All viruses are categorized into two general categories; Type A and Type B. Coronavirus is a Type A virus.
- Type A viruses are generally classified noninfectious after about 9 hours on nonporous surfaces, such as stainless steel and plastic.
- On porous surfaces like carpeting, clothing, toys and wood, Type A viruses are no longer infectious after about 4 hours.
- Type A viruses on your skin are naturally neutralized in 15-20 minutes.
- Viruses are easily destroyed by high temperatures, dry conditions, alkaline environments, and good old-fashioned sunshine (it’s the ultraviolet rays that get them).
Preventing Coronavirus in Your Home
Now that we know what we are dealing with, coronavirus is surprisingly easy to dominate and conquer.
- Open those windows and let the fresh air and sunshine in!
- Scrub, scrub, scrub. Studies show that regular washing and bathing with simple soap and hot water is equally as effective at destroying coronavirus as washing with antibacterial soaps and bleaches, but without the harsh chemicals and toxic side effects.
- Give the interior surfaces of your home a good spring cleaning. Without expensive equipment your carpet is a little more challenging to scrub thoroughly, but we can take care of that for you. PUIRI’s powerful, custom-built HWE (hot water extraction) truckmounted powerplant runs stronger and hotter than any other machine around, instantly eliminating any viruses that may be lurking in your carpet. We also offer carpet stretching, carpet patching and carpet repair services. When you hire PUIRI to clean your home, you never have to worry about cross contamination from somewhere else. We decontaminate our hoses and equipment after every clean, eliminating transmission between homes.
- You might want to consider PUIRI’s odor removal service to clean your indoor air, especially if you have pets, or an ozone treatment to purify your home’s indoor air. These specialized services can help get those stagnant nooks and crannies cleaned out.
- With the nicer weather upon us, the exterior of your house would benefit from several of PUIRI’s other services, such as:
- Concrete Care
- Pressure Washing
- Gutter Cleaning
- Window Cleaning
You are now free to live your life without fear of the coronavirus. Go forth and share your newfound peace with your friends.
Here’s a handy list to confirm our information for yourself.
National Center for Biotechnology Information >>> Epidemiology characteristics of human coronaviruses in patients with respiratory infection symptoms and phylogenetic analysis of HCoV-OC43 during 2010-2015 in Guangzhou
The Mayo Clinic >>> Cold and flu viruses: How long can they live outside the body?