During this coronavirus pandemic, it is more important than ever that we keep our homes clean in order to keep ourselves and our families as safe and healthy as possible.
You may be thinking, “My household are all following the current government advice, and we are only going out when it’s essential. Why do we have to clean the house daily?”
The answer is simple. From a trip to the shops, or while doing your daily exercise, it is possible for the virus to attach itself to your clothes, skin, hair etc. When you return home and touch surfaces, you could then contaminate these surfaces with the virus. Studies show that the virus can live on surfaces for up to 72 hours, so it really is important to wash your hands as soon as you re-enter the home and carry out daily deep cleans.
So, what can we do to keep the virus at bay? Here are some useful tips:
Clean then disinfect
This effective two-step method can be used to remove food residue, dirt, soap scum and traces of the virus in kitchens, bathrooms and surfaces in general.
To clean, use either a cleaning cloth dipped in detergent solution and wrung out, or spray the surface with distilled white vinegar and wipe down with a clean cloth.
To disinfect surfaces, use an alcohol-based disinfectant or rubbing alcohol with a strength of at least 70%. If you can’t access either of these, try using any household bleach containing sodium hypochlorite diluted with cold water.
Leave shoes at the door!
As well as tracking in mud, shoes can also introduce germs into the home. Perhaps you could start leaving shoes by the front door and clean hard floors regularly to prevent any bacteria or viruses from finding their way into your home.
Focus on ‘high touch’ surfaces
We know all the cleaning hotspots: the toilet, bathroom surfaces, kitchen surfaces etc. However, other frequently touched surfaces within the family home need to be thoroughly cleaned as well. These include light switches, TV remotes, game consoles, door handles, the kettle, light switches computer keyboards and stair bannisters/railings.
You can use diluted bleach or another form of disinfectant to wipe down handles and doorknobs, then dry with a clean cloth. If you’re using bleach, then it’s important to make sure that you rinse the area you have cleaned after applying the bleach.
Never spray anything directly onto a light switch, or any other electrical equipment. Instead, spray the disinfectant onto a microfibre cloth and then wipe the area thoroughly.
Don’t overlook the power of steam!
Steam is fantastic at killing germs while lifting dirt at the same time. Steam cleaners can be used on waterproof, sealed surfaces but not on wooden floorboards.
So, now is the perfect time to unearth your steam cleaner! Fill with some diluted disinfectant or bleach, and away you go! With the right attachments, you can also steam clean your oven and hobs.
Clean the cleaning cloths
This may sound bizarre, surely the cleaning cloth is already clean if it’s covered in disinfectant. Well, if you use one cloth to clean a multitude of surfaces then it will essentially become a breeding ground for germs.
If you use a microfibre cloth, the general advice is that rinsing it regularly under warm, running water with soap is enough to eliminate almost all the bacteria and viruses which may have accumulated on the cloth. However, we advise you use different cloths in different rooms. Remember, microfibre cloths still need machine washing at the highest possible temperature as soon as you’ve finished cleaning.
Check the ‘contact time’ of your disinfectant
The effectiveness of your disinfectant depends on the length of time it is left to work, also known as ‘contact time’.
The longer the contact time, the longer the disinfectant can effectively tackle traces of viruses and bacteria. It’s recommended that you use a product which claims to kill 99.9% of bacteria and viruses, and ensure you leave it on a hard surface for ideally three minutes.
For absolute piece of mind, it may be best to get a professional in to help on a regular basis. So, if you would like us to thoroughly deep clean your home, please get in touch!