It’s Cold and Flu Season – Disinfect with Wet & Forget Indoor
The cold and flu season extends from fall to spring, usually beginning in late August, and ending in March. Wet & Forget Indoor Kills 99.9% of common cold and influenza viruses* when applied to indoor surfaces. Here we’ll cover how cold and flu viruses spread and how to rid your home of nasty, nose-clogging viruses.
How are colds and flu viruses spread?
Cold and flu viruses travel from person to person in two ways – through the air by moisture droplets expelled when an infected person sneezes or coughs. Or by touching an object that has a live virus on the surface and then touching your nose, mouth, or eyes.
Cold temperatures encourage families to stay inside to keep warm. With people living in close proximity, respiratory viruses can easily spread from person to person during cold and flu season. When school starts in the fall, cold and flu viruses easily spread from child to child.
The common cold and the flu are easily spread from person to person through uncovered coughs and sneezes. You can also catch a cold or the flu by touching surfaces such as doorknobs, drawer and appliance handles, bathroom surfaces, kitchen countertops, and children’s toys. Also by shaking hands with a cold or flu sufferer.
Why is it easier to catch a cold or the flu in winter?
According to Pritish Tosh, an infectious-disease physician, and researcher at the Mayo Clinic, it is not clear why cold temperatures bring on the cold and flu. Although years of studies have identified a few clues, medical scientists are still working on the answer.
It’s long been believed that staying out in the cold too long and being chilled can cause illness. In reality, it is the contracted cold or flu virus that makes us sick – not the weather. Here are a few reasons why it is easier to get during cold and flu season –
Family members spend more time indoors in close proximity, so respiratory viruses spread more easily from person to person.
Weather conditions also seem to play a role in the spread of viruses. Researchers at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York have found that dry, cold conditions encourage exhaled viruses to stay suspended in the air longer. In cold, dry weather, infected moisture droplets are more lightweight, so they stay in the air, longer. In warm conditions, moisture droplets are heavier, falling to the ground more easily. This makes them less likely to be inhaled.
Winter weather can also lead to a constricted airway, which can make it harder to breathe. For people with weak immune systems, this can increase the risk of infection.
Interestingly, it’s not sub-zero weather that contributes to health problems. Moderately cold temperatures seem to make us more susceptible to respiratory viruses due to its effect on respiratory and cardiovascular systems.
I have congestion and a stuffy nose. Do I have a cold or could I have a mold allergy?
A cold usually lasts 7 to 10 days while mold allergy symptoms (allergic rhinitis) tend to persist. If you experience cold symptoms that won’t subside, a visit to the doctor may be in order. A physician can identify allergic reactions to mold with a skin prick test.
I suspect I have a mold problem. Where do mold spores typically grow?
- In and around bathtubs, sinks, showers, and toilets
- Under carpet padding
- Spores that blow about in everyday dust particles
- Under refrigerators
- On basement walls
- In crawl spaces (older homes)
- Any indoor space where moisture lingers and humidity levels stay consistently high (more than 50%).
How do I apply Wet & Forget Indoor Disinfectant Cleaner to kill cold and flu viruses?
It’s essential to clean and disinfect your indoor surfaces to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses in cold and flu season. Viruses such as influenza can stay active and linger for up to 24 hours on hard surfaces. Wet & Forget Indoor cleans, deodorizes, and disinfects your home killing 99.9 % of viruses and bacteria* on hard and soft surfaces.
Apply Wet & Forget Indoor’s easy spray and wipe formula on surfaces where cold and flu viruses may be hiding including:
- Doors and Handles
- Bath Fixtures
- Trash Cans
- High Chairs
- Children’s Toys
Application Instructions –
To kill cold and flu viruses on hard, nonporous surfaces hold the bottle 6 to 8 inches away from the surface and spray until the surface is covered and wet. For maximum disinfection, allow the product to sit on the surface for 10 minutes. Then wipe dry with a clean sponge or cloth or allow the surface to air dry.
To sanitize soft surfaces like plush toys, fabrics and upholstery, hold the bottle 6 to 8 inches from the surface and spray until the fabric is wet and allow to air dry.
Wet & Forget Indoor’s remote trigger sprayer makes targeting tough-to-reach areas simple and easy. The trigger can be turned to any angle – even upside-down – to spray any surface. Plus, the trigger sprays up to 10 feet so you can easily reach up-high surfaces without a stepladder.
How do I attach the sprayer nozzle? (Step-by-step)
- Remove the spray head from the side of the bottle. (The sprayer hose is coiled inside the sprayer.)
- Pull out the hose. Gently stretch the hose to extend to full length. (approximately 36 inches)
- Remove the sticker securing the flip cap. Open the flip cap.
- Insert the hose tip into the bottle, pressing down firmly
- Hold the bottle upright when moving about to prevent the product from coming up through the cap breather hole.
Wet & Forget Indoor Disinfectant Cleaner eliminates these illness-producing pathogens: Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Salmonella enterica, Serratia marcescens, *Human Coronavirus, *Influenza Virus Type A / Hong Kong, *Vaccinia (Pox Virus), *Norwalk Virus (Norovirus), *Rotavirus.
It is important to do everything you can to prevent the spread of viruses during cold and flu season. So you – and your family – will stay healthy throughout the cold months of the year.