Staying At A Cottage This Summer? Here Is Your Checklist!
- On June 10, 2021
Staying at a Cottage or a Short-Term Rental this Summer? What you need to know to ensure it is safe – Disinfect everything!
As summer approaches, many of us are looking forward to a less restrictive season. Cottages and vacation rentals are in high demand as people look for an opportunity to enjoy the weather in a home away from home, but how can you ensure your safety during a visit to a cottage or other short-term rental during this time?
Even with extensive health protocols in place, experts recommend precaution when visiting spaces like hotels and cottages. Any travel poses risk in regards to the transmission of Covid-19, and precautionary measures should be taken to try and stay as safe as possible. Before going on vacation, here are some key factors to consider to ensure the safety of you and your family while on vacation.
Prior to booking, you will need to research the community you are visiting to see what activities and amenities are available at the time. While planning activities, it is best to choose ones in which you can limit exposure to others outside of your household, control physical distancing, and preferably be outdoors.
Before arriving, it is also recommended to ask the rental host how long the premises have been empty prior to your arrival. The novel coronavirus will not last in an environment for more than three days.
While there, remember to wear a mask when around others from outside of your household and to limit the number of people going into town and stores. During the time of your stay, it is important to know and practice the public health measures in place at your location.
When you arrive, you will want to follow this cleaning checklist in order to ensure that you and your family are safe from any harmful germs that may be present from previous visitors and/or the host.
- Ventilate rooms when you first arrive. Prior to any cleaning, open the windows and doors to allow fresh air to circulate for at least half an hour. You may want to leave all windows and doors open during the cleaning process to allow for ample ventilation. Wearing a disposable mask will also help protect you from inhalation of any chemicals found in cleaning products.
- Wash your hands properly before and after each cleaning. Scrub your hands with soap and water for at least 30 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer with an alcohol concentration between 60-95% as they are the most effective at killing germs compared to a lower alcohol concentration or non-alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Roxton’s personal-size hand sanitizer is 80% alcohol-based and comes in a bottle spray which is perfect for on-the-go sanitizing for your hands or surfaces.
- Clean, then disinfect. Cleaning with soap and water will remove germs and impurities from surfaces or objects. However, disinfecting uses chemicals to destroy bacteria on surfaces or objects. Doing both is the best and most effective way to reduce the spread of germs.
- Use the right disinfectant. The CDC recommends using EPA-registered disinfectants according to label directions. SteriWipes Virucidal Disinfectant Wipes are capable of killing SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes Covid-19) given that treated surfaces must remain wet for one minute.
- Focus on high touch point surfaces. Frequently touched surfaces such as door handles, light switches, remote controls, and faucet handles are the areas that you will want to focus disinfection on.
- Wear proper personal protective equipment. Wear gloves for all tasks in the cleaning process. Depending on the cleaning or disinfecting products being used, additional PPE may be required. Always read and follow the label directions when handling disinfectant products.