Staphylococcus aureus is an extremely dangerous yet common type of bacteria. They are gram-positive, which means that they have thick cell walls. Shaped like spheres, they can cause anything from frustrating and irritating skin conditions to pneumonia, heart value issues and even bone infections.

In other words, they’re common, they can be difficult to kill and they can wreak havoc on your health and happiness.

Typically, this type of bacteria spreads through direct contact. This means that spending time with someone who is infected with Staphylococcus aureus could put you in danger of an infection as well. Any common surfaces you share — countertops they’ve touched, phones they’ve swiped, or even floors they’ve walked across — could also have trace amounts of this bacteria on them. This means that the next time you touch that surface, you could pick up the bacteria as well. Infected people tend to disperse droplets containing Staphylococcus aureus when they cough or sneeze.

Where does Staphylococcus aureus typically live?

This bacterium tends to hide in the nose of healthy adults or perched on their skin. Remember, this microbe is microscopic; there’s no visible-with-the-naked-eye way to tell if it’s present.

Since it can live on human skin, anything that a person directly contacts or touches is in jeopardy of a Staphylococcus aureus spread. Typical contaminated objects include telephones, doorknobs, remote controls, elevator buttons and gym equipment.

What can Staphylococcus aureus do?  

Staphylococcus aureus is most often associated with painful skin infections and conditions — think abscesses, blisters, rashes, swelling and redness. Fortunately, this makes the diagnosis of the issue an easy affair. Often, there are topical solutions you can use to comfort yourself or others while the infection clears away.

However, if Staphylococcus aureus bacteria make it through the skin into the bloodstream, they can easily spread the infection to your heart, lungs or bones. These constitute much more dangerous situations, ones that can even be life-threatening.

It’s time to make sure that your own safe, cozy home is as safe as it appears. Let’s take steps to rid your home of even trace amounts of this harmful bacteria.

How can I keep my home safe from Staphylococcus aureus?

If you remember one thing from this article, let it be this: You need to have a truly effective disinfecting system in place — cleaning makes your surfaces shiny, but disinfecting makes them safe! The fact is many “cleaners” and cleaning systems don’t actually remove pathogens like Staphylococcus aureus from our environments.

Instead, they simply move the microbes from one surface to another.

To be confident in the cleanliness of your space, you need to clean AND kill germs. Fortunately, this doesn’t have to be work-intensive. You just need smart products that will work hard for you and the safety of your home.

It doesn’t have to be overwhelming, either. To put up your strongest front against germs like Staphylococcus aureus, we recommend a multi-action disinfectant, one with an antimicrobial agent that will keep killing germs and viruses even after you’ve finished your cleaning routine for the best protection possible.

(This might seem like overkill, but trust us — it’s not. In fact, it’s just the right amount of ‘kill’: Disinfection provides a ‘mechanical’ kill, and the antimicrobial provides a ‘chemical’ kill. These two steps work in concert to provide a truly germ-free surface. Staphylococcus aureus doesn’t stand a chance.)

When you’re done, wash your hands with a gentle, moisturizing, antibacterial soap so you don’t transfer any trace microbes to the rest of your home.

The MicroGold® Suite of Products is Your Home’s Defense Against Staphylococcus aureus

We’ve got just the thing to help you protect you and your loved ones from Staphylococcus aureus — a multi-action disinfectant antimicrobial and a moisturizing, antibacterial hand soap to extend the efficacy of your shields against this microbe. By using products that are scientifically formulated to do their job and do it well, you can worry less about invisible pathogens in your home.