The coronavirus has turned the world upside down. With the unseen threats of the virus hiding around every corner, something as simple as getting into an elevator has turned into a dangerous undertaking.
As a small metal box, it could be a perfect hangout for coronavirus germs. The virus is thought to last between 3 to 7 days on stainless steel surfaces. It’s not yet well understood how viable the virus can be (i.e. it may not be potent enough to infect you even if you come into direct contact) but it’s still a risk. Plus, there’s always the possibility that someone left the virus inside the elevator a few minutes before you entered.
To that end, keeping elevators clean is more important than ever, especially in high-traffic places or where the population is more vulnerable or more likely to have been exposed. Here are a few things you should keep in mind when cleaning your elevator.
Take Care Not to Damage the Wiring
Liquid cleaning products can seep in behind the buttons in the elevator and cause damage in the wiring. This could potentially be a serious problem, so take care when cleaning these surfaces.
Spray the cleaner onto the panel at a downward angle from about one foot away. Even better, spritz your cleaning cloth and wipe down the surfaces without directly spraying the cleaner onto the buttons.
If you do spray the cleaner, be sure to thoroughly wipe down the surface with a dry cloth afterward to soak up all the liquid.
Choose Your Cleaner Wisely
Aside from the fact that liquid cleaners can cause electrical problems, harsh chemicals can also damage the plastic and glass components in the elevator. However, you want to choose a cleaner that is strong enough to thoroughly remove the virus or degrade it enough to be harmless.
Your best bet is to use ethyl alcohol or isopropilic alcohol of at least 70%. Remember to always wipe it down well to remove any speck of cleaner.
How Often Should You Clean?
The frequency of cleaning will depend on where the elevator is located and how many people use it. Home elevators don’t typically see much traffic, especially from a wide variety of people, so daily cleaning may not be a necessity.
However, if members of your household are in danger of exposure, you will want to stick to a regular schedule.
Residential elevators, such as those in apartment buildings, tend to see a little more traffic and should be cleaned at least twice a day. Busy commercial centers and hospitals should clean their elevators even more frequently.
Staying Safe From the Coronavirus
While elevators may harbour some germs, that doesn’t mean we should give up on them altogether. They are very useful for everyone and a necessity for those with mobility issues.
But take heart! By keeping these considerations in mind, you can help keep your elevator from passing the coronavirus to anyone else. Take care of your elevator and it will take care of you.