Whilst hygiene should always be paramount, since the outbreak of Coronavirus back in March and people self isolating within their homes, cleaning and taking care of our homes has never been so popular.
Whilst we have all been made aware that washing our hands, disposing of tissues to minimise the spread of the virus and other illnesses, it is thought that the bacteria from Coronavirus is able to survive on hard surfaces for up to 72 hours.
Now, more than ever is the time to be giving our homes a deep clean to try and keep bacteria and viruses at bay making your home safe for you and your family.
Cleaning and disinfecting
When it comes to cleaning and disinfecting, some people can get confused and doing so can lead to serious harm to our health. Our advice to prevent the spread of disease is to clean and then disinfect surfaces.
Germs can hide underneath dirt on surfaces where they are not affected by the disinfectant. Dirt and materials can also reduce the germ killing ability of some disinfectants.
We suggest working in the following way, using the below steps;
- Firstly, use a cleaning solution to remove visible dirt from surfaces.
- Rinse the surface with fresh clean water to remove any chemical residue.
- Use an eco friendly disinfectant to wipe over the surfaces. Ensure the dilution is correct by following the solutions instructions.
- Rinse the surface again with fresh clean water.
By following the above steps, you will eliminate the chances of bacteria spreading.
The rooms that harbour the most germs are bathrooms and kitchens. You should focus on cupboards, handles and any appliances that get touched regularly such as the fridge, dishwater, over, kettle and toaster.
Other items within a household that we find need a good cleaning are remote controls, keyboards and computers, phones, light switches and pull cords and staircases.
Antibacterial wipes are a good way to kill bacteria but you can also use it in spray form. Spray liberally on to the surfaces and wipe clean with a soft microfibre cloth to eliminate any unwanted germs.
Clean your tools
The most common item within the household that gets forgotten to be cleaned is the cloths and sponges themselves.
It is estimated that on average around 19.6 billion bacteria live in kitchen sponges, however, there is an easy way to get rid of these germs harbouring within your cleaning devices.
Either give the sponge or cloth a scrub with clean, hot and soapy water or better still, pop it in your dishwasher or washing machine on a hot wash. You can also put in the microwave on high for a couple of minutes to kill off the bacteria. Microfibre cloths are easy to clean as they are less porous than sponges, making it harder for bacteria to live on the fabric. They are easy to wash and don’t take too long to dry.
Flooring is a common ground for bacteria but there are many things you can do keep your flooring germ free.
Start by taking off your shoes as you come in. You can buy nice looking storage to place shoes by the front door these days. Shoes carry dirt into our homes and are a hazard for introducing germs as well as wearing down your flooring.
You should sweep laminate or wooden flooring to get rid of loose dirt and then mop over the area with a warm disinfectant to keep germs and bacteria at bay. If you have carpet, it might be worth investing in a carpet cleaner and do this on a regular basis or you can hire them if you want to keep costs low. Carpet cleaners pick up much more dirt than a regular hoover and also leave your carpet smelling nice and fresh.
If you’re looking to have a hand around the house to keep it safe and secure, our Northampton cleaners are available in line with current Government guidelines. Speak to our team today.