There are always risks that come with carrying items when you go outside of your home, especially during this COVID-19 outbreak. Sure, you may be wearing a mask and try to maintain social distancing outdoor, but it's possible that your clothes and other items get contaminated. Know that this contamination is also possible for the leather products you have with you.
Because of this, you might be wondering how you can clean the leather surface of your item, which may potentially host the coronavirus. In this article, we will share what you need to know about the virus and tips on disinfecting your leather surfaces.
What to know about coronavirus
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease brought by this new strain (novel), which is a family of SARS and MERS. The disease is characterised by mild to moderate symptoms, such as fever, dry cough, tiredness, sore throat, and difficulty in breathing. However, it can be detrimental to older people and those with any underlying medical conditions.
The novel coronavirus can be transmitted via droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Experts say that it can live for up to 3 hours in the air and it can also come in contact with materials and live long on smooth surfaces. In fact, it can live for 4 hours on copper, 24 hours on cardboard, and 72 hours on steel or plastic. However, it doesn't live long on porous surfaces, such as leather, wood, money, cardboard, and fabric.
How to disinfect leather surfaces
Given that coronavirus can come in contact with leather surfaces––though it doesn’t live long–– it's best to know how to clean them. Here's how to disinfect your leather surfaces by shortening the lifespan or killing the coronavirus:
Step 1: Expose your leather goods to the sun and fresh air
Step 2: Wipe down the leather with a cloth lightly dampened with hot water and a dab of dish soap.
Step 3: Blow-dry the leather surface.
Step 4: Get Hepa-filters for your heating and cooling system to suck virus particles out of the air.
Step 5: Wipe down the leather surface with a soft cloth dampened with sunflower or rapeseed oil to hydrate the surface and keep it in good condition.
Take note that these cleaning tips are specifically designed for leather surfaces. The ultimate goal is to prevent contamination, kill the coronavirus, and curb the further spread of this virus.
At this point, you now realise that it's not enough to only protect yourself by wearing a mask when you go outdoors, maintaining social distancing, and washing your hands when you get home. To be on the safe side, it is important that you wash yourself up, clean your clothes and other items, and disinfect your leather surfaces. Make sure to follow the valuable cleaning tips outlined above so that you can keep yourself and your home clean and safe!
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** Note: The cleaning and leather care tips provided here are general suggestions. It's crucial to consider the specific type of leather and the individual item. For personalised guidance and to address specific concerns, always consult with a professional or refer to manufacturer recommendations. The information offered here is for informational purposes only and may not be suitable for all situations.
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