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GERM GEEK BASICS

What exactly are germs?

Germ Geeks goal is to destroy all germs! We specialize in the cleaning and sanitization of commercial and residential spaces. We cover all types of biohazard losses including COVID-19 and other viral infections. We are IICRC certified and follow all CDC recommended procedures. We always use only EPA approved chemicals and wear full personal protective equipment. We pride ourselves in providing our customers with the satisfaction and peace of mind that comes with a clean and sanitary space.

How do germs make us sick?

Germs can make us ill by entering and spreading through the body. Once germs invade our bodies, they snuggle in for a long stay. They gobble up nutrients and energy and can produce toxins, which can cause symptoms of common infections, like fevers, sniffles, rashes, coughing, vomiting, and diarrhea. We can also feel ill due to our body’s immune response to infection. Viruses will infect our own cells and ‘hijack’ our cells to make further copies of themselves. Our cells then become occupied with making new virus, and so cannot perform their own function, which makes us feel ill.

Where are germs and what are the “hot spots”?

Disease-causing germs can be almost anywhere. What’s the germiest spot in your house? There are lots of studies that have assessed and counted the type and number of germs present on a range of household surfaces. In a study by NSF International where Scientists swabbed 30 surfaces in homes to gauge levels of germs, they found the most germy surfaces to be dishcloths, the kitchen sink area, toothbrush holders, pet bowls, faucet handles, pet toys, kitchen counters, stove knobs and cutting boards. Other studies have highlighted door handles, sinks, remote control devices, computer keyboards, mobile phones, and refrigerator handles.

What is the difference between cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting?

Not all surface cleaners are equal and not all are capable of killing germs. Certain germs such as Coronavirus are difficult to kill and require a strong disinfecting formula to do the job. Please read the label on your household cleaner carefully to determine its benefits and be sure to follow the directions for use.

CLEANING merely removes germs on a surface. Germs are not killed but the process of wiping a surface clean may remove enough germs to reduce the risk of infection.

SANITIZING eliminates enough germs on a surface to a level considered safe.

DISINFECTING kills germs on a surface.

Using a disinfectant is generally better than a simple cleaner since it will not only remove germs but kill them as well, preventing their transfer and re-contamination of other surfaces.

Germ Knowledge

Bacteria can survive for months on everyday surfaces
True or False?

true – Bacteria can survive for months on everyday surfaces

The toilet seat is the germiest spot in your home
True or False?

false – The toilet seat is the germiest spot in your home

The only way to catch a cold is from germs that float in the air.
True or False?

false – The only way to catch a cold is from germs that float in the air.

Germs move fast.
True or False?

true – Germs move fast.

You're more likely to get food poisoning at a restaurant than in your own home.
True or False?

false – You're more likely to get food poisoning at a restaurant than in your own home.

You’ll catch a cold outside in frigid weather
True or False?

false – You’ll catch a cold outside in frigid weather

Using more disinfectant, more frequently is the best solution to combat germs.
True or False?

false – Using more disinfectant, more frequently is the best solution to combat germs.

Bacteria are amazingly resilient.
True or False?

true – Bacteria are amazingly resilient.

Germs grow incredibly fast.
True or False?

true – Germs grow incredibly fast.

By just washing my hands, I can protect myself from germs.
True or False?

false – By just washing my hands, I can protect myself from germs.

Germs are amazingly adaptive
True or False?

true – Germs are amazingly adaptive

Antibiotics are effective against viruses.
True or False?

false – Antibiotics are effective against viruses.

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