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How to Sanitize My Furnished Rental Property | Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

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Published Date: 2020-03-30
Coronavirus Preventive Measures

As someone who works with a furnished rental, you’ve probably already been thinking about how to keep your property safe, clean, and sanitized for current and potential tenants. While different parts of the country are dealing with varying levels of coronavirus activity, the best thing you can do is be proactive for the safety and health of everyone involved. 

Not sure what the best sanitization methods are at this time? We’ve compiled a list that will help you ensure your apartment, townhouse, or home is as clean and disinfected as possible during the coming weeks.

When cleaning surfaces, it’s recommended that you wear disposable gloves, which should be discarded after each use. Reusable gloves can be substituted but should only be used for cleaning and disinfection for coronavirus and not used for any other purposes. As soon as the gloves come off your hands, you’ll want to clean them too.

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For disinfection, the most effective products to use are alcohol solutions containing at least 70% alcohol, diluted household bleach solutions, and household disinfectants registered by the EPA. You can also make your own solution using five tablespoons of bleach with a gallon of water or four teaspoons of bleach with a quart of water.

Soft surfaces, such as rugs, drapes, and carpets, should be cleaned with products made for them. After cleaning, they should be laundered and dried before use. When washing these items, it’s best to use the warmest water setting they can handle as heat can kill off the virus. Some EPA-approved products can also be used for these items.

For items that will be put into the laundry, you should again use disposable gloves that can be tossed in the trash afterward to keep your furnished rental safe. If you do not use gloves, it’s essential to wash your hands after laundry. Use the manufacturer’s recommendations but choose the highest water temperature allowed. Laundry from someone with coronavirus can be cleaned with items from those who are not affected.

Since hand hygiene is a significant concern right now, consider leaving more soap, hand sanitizer, and other products in your furnished rental during this time. This will make it easier for tenants to adhere to keeping their hands clean at all times. This should be done after sneezing or couching, after using the bathroom, after contacting animals, before cooking food, and before caring for someone else.

Use the guidelines above to sanitize your rental home and ensure the safety and good health of anyone who comes into the house or apartment. You’ll be doing your part to prevent the spread of the virus and offering peace of mind to your tenants. Let your tenants know you are taking extra precautions during this time. This will help you rent your properties.

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