Removing Staph from Surfaces

by Bonnie Roberts
(last updated March 19, 2018)

The bacteria Staphylococcus aureus has been in the news lately. That's because some strains have become resistant to antibiotics, causing it to spread rampantly in public areas. If this strain of bacteria enters the bloodstream, it can cause serious illness or even death. The killer bacteria strains are uncommon, though. The ordinary bacteria can cause minor Staph infections in the skin that can be treated with antibiotics.

Proper cleaning is a good way to prevent Staph infections and stop them from spreading. When cleaning surfaces, pay special attention to areas that are handled often, such as doorknobs, light switches, tables, chairs, counters, banisters, railings, etc. Specific kinds of equipment, such as shopping carts in grocery stores and exercise equipment in health clubs, are not to be forgotten. Use an antibacterial cleaner on these kinds of surfaces. The following methods are recommended for bacteria removal.

  • Antibacterial wipes: Probably the most convenient product out there. Clorox and Lysol sell these wipes in plastic canister dispensers. Just run the wipe over the surface to disinfect it. Let the area dry for about 10 minutes.
  • Antibacterial spray cleaners: This product is available under many different brand names. Spray the product on the surface to be disinfected and wipe it off with a clean towel or paper towel.
  • Bleach: Make a mixture of 1 part non-chlorine bleach and 9 parts water. Put it in a spray bottle. Spray it on the surface to be disinfected and promptly wipe with towels or paper towels.

The more a surface is handled, the more often it will need to be cleaned in this manner, especially if it's in a public place with a wide variety of people. A daily once-over should be enough to prevent the spread of bacteria.

There are other things you should do to prevent bacterial infections, such as:

  • Wash hands often, especially after touching your mouth and nose. Patiently count to 30 while washing your hands with soap and water to make sure you've cleaned them well enough. Use hand sanitizers when soap and water aren't available.
  • Treat open wounds with care, as they can easily become infected and spread infection to others. Keep wounds covered at all times. Carefully dispose of dressings.
  • Don't share personal items with others. Clothing and towels that will be used by others should be washed in hot water and bleach.

If you follow these guidelines, you'll help keep yourself and others healthy and germ-free.

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