With Thanksgiving right around the corner, there is nothing more important than having the family around the table to enjoy a delicious meal, except of course, making sure everyone is healthy. As fall is coming to an end and winter is moving its way into our lives, the viruses that cause the common cold and flu spread their way into our lives trying to prevent us from having those special family moments, especially this year with COVID-19. As professional carpet cleaners in Fort Collins who care about your health, we wanted to share some of our tips to help you be healthy and create your special family memories this holiday season:
Keeping Your Family Safe and Healthy
As with every year, we know that the viruses causing the cold and flu season to thrive can be spread in many ways. They can live on not only your hands, but be spread through the air and contact. Try to avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, especially if you haven’t washed your hands in a minute. And without needing to expand on it further, we urge you to please wash your hands regularly whenever you might have touched something or someone who is infected.
An easy way to protect yourself and your family is to eat a nutrient rich and healthy diet, which will encourage your immune system to strengthen itself. This will ultimately help protect you from all sorts of sickness, not just a cold or flu. A healthy diet will help your body to fight infections and keep those nasty viruses away. Now a healthy diet is awesome, but don’t forget to keep yourself hydrated! Water does more than just keep your thirst at bay. It helps flush out any toxins that might have entered your body. Always plan ahead because once you feel thirsty, it’s a sign that you are already dehydrated.
Keeping Your Home Clean
We briefly mentioned previously that viruses can cling to items that are high-contact areas. Which is why we strongly recommend sanitizing the common areas. This is the time to be washing more, rather than less. Wash both your clothes and linens frequently, as well as any blankets. This should be done using hot water and setting your dryer to tumble dry on hot as well.
Carpets and rugs are a common place for germs and allergens to be trapped and are often missed as places that should be cleaned regularly. Without cleaning them, they will start releasing those particles back into the air to continue the cold and flu cycle. An average of 89% of airborne bacteria can easily be removed with a hot carbonating extraction process to help you keep your home healthy.
Preventing the Spread of Germs
If you or a family member does get sick, the best way to keep others from getting sick and spreading the virus, is to not expose them if possible. If you feel sick, please stay at home! If you feel that tickle in your throat ready to become a cough, or the itching of a sneeze come on, move away from those around you and use a tissue, if possible.
Remember from Halloween movies where a vampire pulls his cloak in front of his face as he warns that he “wants to suck your blood”? Be like that vampire (without the sucking of your blood part, of course), to keep any germs sufficiently covered in your elbow to prevent them spreading in the air.
We’ve mentioned it often because of how important it is, so please don’t forget to disinfect often. Anything that has been touched frequently should be wiped down with a disinfectant. This can range from the obvious toys and door knobs to kitchen surfaces. Couches and pillows are even included in the list of things that should be cleaned regularly.
Seeing a Doctor
Every cold and flu season starts with the “hero” who thinks he isn’t that sick, but should definitely be staying home from the office. Before you know it, half of the office is at home recovering from the flu that spread like wildfire. Please don’t be that hero that causes everyone to catch what you have, nobody will be calling you a hero. A doctor will be able to help you start to get better and prevent you from spreading the sickness to others. If you have any of these symptoms, definitely go see a doctor:
- You have a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher
- Your symptoms last more than 10 days
- Your symptoms are severe or unusual
- You have a child younger than 3 months old who has a fever
As your local service for carpet cleaning in Fort Collins, we want you to stay healthy and enjoy this holiday season together building memories. With the holidays right around the corner, please keep safe and use smart thinking when making decisions. Everyone deserves the chance to celebrate in their own special way, while being as healthy as possible. With the range of services we offer, we would love to help make sure your holiday season is a safe and healthy one!