Mice are small creatures that can cause a lot of damage. They get into your food, they chew on electrical wires, and they leave their feces everywhere. If mice have been in your home or business, then you need to clean them out as soon as possible. There’s no denying that mice will make a mess anywhere they go – especially if it is a place where you sit down! In this post we’re going to show you how to clean safely a couch after mice!
Mice in Human Houses
Mice can seek shelter in almost any area of a home, but most mice tend to gravitate towards the kitchen and living room areas. If mice have found their way into your couch, you will need to clean it along with all other items like cushions and furniture items.
Why Mice Droppings and Urina are Dangerous?
Mice are known to carry over 35 diseases that affect humans and animals, mice droppings, mice urine and mice nests are all associated with diseases.
- Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome: a serious lung disease if humans come in contact with mice droppings or mice nest
- Salmonella: harmful to children and the elderly as well as those who have compromised immune systems
- Encephalitis: caused by tiny mites that feed on human blood found in mice nest.
So it is important to clean up any mice droppings or mice nests as soon as possible!
Firstly: Get Rid of the Mice before Cleaning the Couch
If mice have found inside your home, you are going to call mice desinfaction services. Once the mice have been removed from the area, you can clean up any items they may have touched. Allow fresh air to enter after sealing the area. Then you’re ready to disinfect.
Disinfect the Area
- Put on protective clothing, such as a face mask and latex or rubber protective gloves.
- Dilute chlorine bleach in water using one part of bleach for every ten parts of water, then pour it onto the couch. Blot with paper towels to remove excess liquid.
- Allow solution to sit for 30 minutes or more before rinsing away using warm water. This will kill any germs left behind after mice caused damage to your furniture items.
- Remove the mouse droppings by picking them up with a damp towel. Then scrub the sofa with the same bleach solution.
- Couches with removable covers should be cleaned using hot water and laundry detergent, as well as being dry-cleaned. You should also wash couchins, head bolsters, throws, whatever you and your family have used on this couch.
- Make sure you wipe down all plastic parts of your sofa with chlorine solution. If the sofa has wooden or other natural materials surfaces, consult the manufacturer’s website how they can be processed so as not to lose the color of staining, etc.
- Finally, wash and throw away the gloves you’ve used before washing your hands with soap and water.
Recommendation on Washing and Drying
The virus’s lipid envelope is broken down by laundry detergent, rendering it noninfectious. Additionally, the clothes dryer’s heat will ensure that the virus is non-infectious. However, using a clothes dryer alone as a sole therapy is not suggested because not all dryers are capable of maintaining the required temperature.
- Use Commercial disinfectant
Use commercial disinfectant or commercial-grade steam cleaner or shampoo to claen rugs and upholstered furniture.
- Wear Gloves
Wear rubber, latex, vinyl, or nitrile gloves and wipe the items with a cloth moistened with disinfectant.
- Use Ultraviolet rays
Once excreted into the environment by the rodent, hantaviruses can survive in the environment and remain infectious for a period of 2-3 days. Ultraviolet rays in sunlight inactivate hantaviruses.
Never Vacuum the Mic Droppings and Nestings!
Never sweep or vacuumi mouse droppings since this might spread hantavirus infection. The virus is primarily spread by rodents, and a deadly respiratory illness can result from it. By vacuuming mouse dropping, including their urine and nest, you run the danger of dispersing the virus particles, which may become airborne.
We hope you’ve learned a few things about mice and how to clean after them! There’s no denying that if they make their way into your home, it can be quite the ordeal. It is important for you as well as those who use the space to not only know what to do but also how to do it safely. With these tips in mind, we’re confident that any future encounter with rodents will go much smoother than before. If you have questions or would like more information on our services, please contact us today!