The novel coronavirus can live up to four days on wooden surfaces and five days on metal surfaces. The experts and we also recommend frequent cleaning of touched surfaces with disinfectants to reduce the risk of spreading infection. Most household disinfectants are effective on hard surfaces such as counters, tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, taps and sinks. Also, proper usage of masks and hand sanitizers ensures personal protection. Here are some simple ways to know what more you can do to keep your home furniture virus-free.

1) Vacuum-clean upholstered surfaces

Upholstery fabric is usually washable and can be done using detergent. But before applying on the entire upholstery it should be tested on a small spot before use.

2) Use a spray to disinfect surfaces

You can also make a homemade disinfectant comprising a two is to one ratio of rubbing alcohol and water. You can also mix bleaching powder to one liter of water to make an effective disinfectant spray.

How to disinfect properly?

*Hold the bottle six inches away from the furniture and spray the piece with a light mist. For metallic surfaces like door handles, locks and keys, alcohol can be used to wipe. Do not wipe off the disinfectant solution from the surface, let it dry on its own.

*Spray the solution on the furniture and wipe the area with a damp cloth to sanitize the surface. If it gets too wet or too dirty, squeeze out the cloth. Allow the sofa to air-dry and then clean cushions.

*If there is a wash label, remove the cushion covers and put them in the washing machine. If you do not have removable cushion covers, use the cleaning spray to clean them. Allow them to dry completely before placing them back on the couch.

*Wipe down tabletops, end tables, wooden arms and other hard surfaces of your furniture with a cloth soaked in the homemade disinfectant to sanitize them. The surface should stay wet for at least a minute to fully disinfect the piece.

*Wear disposable or washable gloves and open windows to improve ventilation when using cleaning and disinfecting products.

*When your work is done, clean your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds.

*Sunshine is the best way as the ultraviolet rays kill a lot of other bacteria and germs. Keep your movable furniture in the sun for a few hours. Make sure you don’t keep any wooden furniture in the sun for long hours to avoid any fading or discoloration.