We all know that 2020 brought with it the COVID-19 pandemic — a fast-spreading viral disease that robbed many people of time spent with loved ones, the ability to safely venture outside of their homes and even the ability to get their jobs done easily, not to mention their health and safety.

We’re overwhelmed, and rightly so. However, we might not have noticed the second pandemic which has followed right on the heels of the first: A worldwide explosion of personal stress levels rocketing through each of our respective roofs.

Think about it: No matter how the pandemic has affected your life, your awareness of your atmosphere, the cleanliness of your surroundings and your safe proximity to others has definitely gone way up. Both now and in the future, we need ways to make ourselves feel confident and comfortable in our own spaces.

It might not seem important, but it is.

You see, keeping your place clean will do more than just keep you safe — it’ll keep you happy, rested and stress-free. As happiness researcher Gretchen Rubin says: “Outer order, inner calm.” Invest in clean surfaces around you, and you’ll be able to rest easy — perhaps for the first time in a year. (Doesn’t that sound great)?

Let’s delve into the nitty-gritty of just how to get that peace of mind.

A Reliable Antimicrobial:

Your Go-To Safe-Space Solution

According to the WHO, COVID-19 spreads with the transmission of a virus (one of the families of Coronaviridae viruses). This virus spreads primarily from one person to another — from one respiratory system to another. Basically, an infected person breathes out viral material, and that viral material can go anywhere (on a surface, into the air that another person breathes and so on).

That’s why we social distance. But, what are you supposed to do when some of that dangerous viral material lands on a surface that you frequently touch?

That’s where antimicrobial solutions come in. An antimicrobial spray contains compounds that specifically target unwanted microbes in your environment. Fortunately for us, a virus is a class of microbe. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced it is expediting testing and review on the long-lasting properties of antimicrobials, which can remain effective for several days, even weeks, against viruses. The agency has released draft guidelines that will allow companies like MicroGold® to demonstrate how antimicrobial products, like MicroGold® Multi-Action Disinfectant Antimicrobial Spray, have “long-lasting” or “residual” effectiveness on surfaces against viruses like SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

What does this mean?

Proper cleaning techniques can reduce the viral load (including amounts of COVID-19-causing-viruses) in your immediate area.

That, ultimately, means —as long as we find and correctly use the right antimicrobial — we can finally rest easy in our own home and work spaces.

Your Pandemic Protection Kit

First, you want to be sure that you’re buying a solution that will do the right job. If you’re looking for an antimicrobial, look for a combination disifenctant and antimicrobial — not a stand-alone disinfectant or an antibacterial.

(A disinfectant is a larger class of cleaners that doesn’t provide long-lasting protection as a true antimicrobial. It only protects from bacteria and viruses as long as the surface remains wet. Once the solution has dried off or been wiped off that surface, once touched again it’s immediately recontaminated. An antibacterial, meanwhile, will only protect you from bacteria. This may be helpful in general, but not for viral diseases like COVID-19.)

Next, follow these two tips to ensure that you’re cleaning your home like a professional:

Spray the surface, not the cloth. Many antimicrobial agents work their magic on the first substance or surface they touch — meaning that if you spray your cleaning agent on the cloth, all you’re going to end up with is a really clean cloth. Which is nice, but probably not quite the result you’re going for.

Allow the solution to sit on the surface as directed to work its magic.

Simple, right? Fortunately, it really can be that easy. Find the right disinfecting and antimicrobial cleaning agent, and you’ll have peace of mind in no time at all — during a pandemic or long after it’s over.

How MicroGold® is Ready to Protect You and Your Home

Give MicroGold® Multi-Action Disinfectant Antimicrobial Spray three minutes on a hard, non-porous surface, and it’ll kill the virus that causes COVID-19. It’ll also rid your home of other microbes and provide complete disinfection in one easy step.