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Gloves will help protect your hands against reactions and from the transfer of viruses and bacteria.

Ways to Disinfect Your Storm Shelter with DIY Solutions

Pull out those gloves, sponges, water buckets, and spray bottles because we are going to talk about something very important, especially in light of 2020: cleaning your storm shelter.

While we’ve talked about the importance of keeping your storm shelter clean in the past, we’re focusing on disinfecting, moreover DIY disinfecting today. You might be wondering if it’s really necessary to disinfect your storm shelter, and the answer to that is: it depends.

Should I really disinfect my storm shelter?

Your storm shelter might just do well with a cleaning, which should be a regular part of maintenance and upkeep, but disinfecting it once in a while might help you and your family feel safer.

Especially in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, it’s recommended that you clean and disinfect various surfaces of your home on the regular, including metal surfaces where the virus may survive for several days.

It also helps keep your shelter safe and germ-free between uses, preventing bacteria and dirt from settling inside as you walk around in muddy shoes, or bring in rainwater, dirt, bugs, and mud.

What do you need to make a DIY disinfectant?

Be sure you have gloves on to prevent any type of irritation or reaction from the process, although most ingredients are pretty safe and likely to be available at home already.

  1. Bleach or rubbing alcohol
  2. Spray bottle
  3. Clean water
  4. Sponge or washcloth

You can learn about the exact measurements on CDC’s guide here, keeping in mind the need for accuracy in order to ensure effectiveness. Typically, the effects will last for up to 24-hours.

Make your disinfectant solution using alcohol or bleach, mixing it with water and putting them in spray bottles.

The process of cleaning and disinfecting

Your storm shelter should be clear of major obstructions and the surfaces easily accessible. It’s vital that you clear things away and cleans the surfaces, get rid of any dirt, dust, cobwebs, trapped moisture, footprints, spills, and anything that could be there before you start disinfecting.

Once your surface is clear, spray on the DIY solution and leave it in place for at least one full minute before wiping it down with your sponge or washcloth to ensure even distribution.

After you’re done, mop the floor using another bleach solution, cleaning handles, levers, and knobs as you go.

It’s quite straightforward and easy, but it can help keep your family safe from bacteria and viruses lurking on surfaces.

If you’re looking to have storm shelter installed for your home, you can reach out to us for more information about our slope top and cement shelters, as well as steel safe rooms in OK.

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