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Bacteria vs Viruses: How to Clean and Disinfect Your Home with Wet & Forget Indoor

By Wet & Forget
Disinfect and clean countertops with Wet & Forget Indoor

It’s very important to keep up with cleaning and disinfecting surfaces throughout your home. Disinfecting with Wet & Forget Indoor makes your cleaning process simple.  Wet & Forget Indoor kills SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, on hard non-porous, non-food surfaces. But, what’s the difference between bacteria and viruses, and will Wet & Forget Indoor still kill both? Read on to learn more.

What’s the difference between bacteria and viruses?

Bacteria and viruses are both germs, but they are very different. Both viruses and bacteria can cause infections or illness.

What is bacteria?

According to Mayo Clinic, bacteria are microscopic, single-celled organisms that live in soil, water – even inside humans. A teaspoonful of garden soil may contain tens of millions of bacteria. Furthermore, bacteria can thrive in almost any environment and on almost any indoor surface – from keyboards to countertops. 

However, one of the most crucial differences between bacteria and viruses is that antibiotic drugs can kill bacteria, not viruses.

What kinds of illnesses can bacteria cause?

Most bacteria are harmless to healthy people; however, some types of bacteria can cause health issues like:

  • Food poisoning
  • Strep throat
  • Tuberculosis
  • Urinary tract infections
What are viruses?

Viruses are microscopic infectious agents that require a living host such as an animal, human, or plant to thrive. They can invade your body, make their way inside cells, and force them to produce a virus.

Moreover, viruses are contagious and can spread from person to person, often through coughs and sneezes. The most common type of virus is the common cold.

This occurs when virus-laden droplets that land on household surfaces may be infectious for several hours. Hence why it is important to clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces daily, if possible. 

What kinds of illnesses can viruses cause?

When a virus finds its way inside your body, it may cause:

  • Chickenpox
  • Common colds
  • COVID-19
  • Flu
  • Shingles

Keep in mind, viruses do not respond to antibiotic drugs. Some illnesses such as pneumonia, meningitis, and diarrhea can be caused by either bacteria or viruses.

Where do bacteria and viruses live in my home?

While bacteria thrive on almost any household surface, viruses remain active the longest on stainless steel, plastics, glass, cardboard, metal, aluminum, fabrics, and ceramics. Viruses and bacteria love to cling onto surfaces such as:

  • Doorknobs
  • Drawer handles
  • Countertops
  • Sinks
  • Faucets
  • Furniture
  • Backpacks
  • Refrigerator doors

Wet & Forget Indoor has a new label.

How can I get rid of harmful viruses and bacteria around my home?

Wet & Forget Indoor cleans and disinfects commonly touched hard non-porous, non-food surfaces. Wet & Forget Indoor kills 99.9% of bacteria & viruses* and kills the virus¹ ² that causes Covid-19.

¹SARS-Related Coronavirus 2 ²On hard, non-porous, non-food surfaces.

Wet & Forget Indoor Disinfection and Virucidal Instructions:

  1. Apply Wet & Forget® Indoor Mold + Mildew Disinfectant Cleaner undiluted to hard, non-porous surfaces. 
  2. Thoroughly wet surfaces with a cloth, mop, sponge, sprayer, or by immersion. Spray product 6 to 8 inches from the surface.
  3. Allow treated surfaces to remain visibly wet for at least 10 minutes.
  4. Then wipe surfaces dry with a cloth, sponge, mop, or allow to air dry.
  5. Rinse all surfaces that come in contact with food such as countertops, appliances, tables, and stovetops with potable water before reuse. (Do not use Wet & Forget Indoor on kitchen utensils, glassware, or dishes.)
  6. A pre-cleaning is required for visibly soiled areas.

In addition, Wet & Forget Indoor Mold + Mildew Disinfectant Cleaner kills: Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Salmonella enterica, Serratia marcescens, *Human Coronavirus,*lnfluenza Virus Type A/ Hong Kong, *SARS Associated Coronavirus cause of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, *SARS-Related Coronavirus 2 SARS-CoV-2 cause of COVID-19, *Vaccinia (Pox Virus), *Norwalk Virus (Norovirus), *Rotavirus.

So, clean and disinfect with Wet & Forget Indoor to eliminate both bacteria and viruses from your home.