By now, we should all be aware of the coronavirus – the pandemic that has affected countries and people globally. It’s been a fast spreading virus that has unfortunately affected people all around the world. The signs of the virus include fever, coughing, shortness of breath and respiratory symptoms. In order to reduce the transmission of the virus, it has been advised by the government to take social distancing measures and avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms. This includes self-isolating for 14 days if someone in the same household as you is showing symptoms.
In these particular times, it’s absolutely vital you keep your personal hygiene and your living space hygiene impeccable. Especially if you’re living with people aged 70+ or with underlying health issues as they can be particularly vulnerable.
In order to keep the germs and bacteria away from your home, deep cleaning, disinfecting and good hygiene maintenance will help you minimise the risk of contracting COVID-19. It’s especially important to disinfect and deep clean your home if someone within the household has been ill. In this blog, we take you through some top tips on cleaning and disinfecting your home to prevent illness and infection.
Our Top Home Cleaning & Disinfecting Tips
Clean Commonly Touched Surfaces
Our hands are the biggest carriers of germs and therefore commonly touched surfaces in a household like the door and fridge handles, taps, light switches and tv remotes are breeding grounds for bacteria. These can all be massive hotspots for bacteria and the most common areas for cross contamination to occur. Depending on how many people you live with, these areas are touched hundreds of times a day and may not be cleaned as thoroughly as you think. Viruses can live on hard surfaces for up to 72 hours; this includes plastic and stainless steel whilst live on materials such as cardboard for 24 hours.
Having said this, it’s important to make sure you aim to clean most commonly touched areas in your household as often as possible (ideally daily) so that you can reduce the spread of bacteria and illness, potentially saving lives. Detergent or soap and water is efficient in cleaning dirty surfaces however if you’re disinfecting a surface area, prepare a bleach solution by mixing, 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water or 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water.
Separate Dirty & Clean Clothes
Keep your clothing items separate so that you reduce the risk of germs spreading from one to the other. If you are living with more vulnerable family members then something as simple as managing your laundry correctly can make a big difference. Your clothes can pick up a series of bacteria throughout the day from sitting down, moving about, touch dirty surfaces. Therefore, cleaning your hands thoroughly after dealing with dirty laundry is vital.
Clean Bed Linen
On average, most experts recommend weekly bed linen washings or perhaps a wash every 2 weeks. With the current situation, we suggest you wash your bed sheets as frequently as you can especially with the germs flying around. If someone has been sick, not only do their bed sheets need to be cleaned but their whole bedroom needs to be disinfected in order to kill any bacteria, preventing further spread.
Dust Ceilings & High-Level Surfaces
Even after you’ve finished cleaning there is always dust left around the house and especially on high level surfaces. These can be the trickiest places to reach however it’s vital you aim to clean them as much as possible. To reduce the amount of dust gathering in unknown areas, aim to stay as clutter free as less dust will accumulate. Also, clean the higher dusty areas before the lower areas as they the dust will just end up on the floor again and remember to keep pets groomed and fresh!
Usual feather dusters are normally the go-to for dust removal purposes however they simple aggravate the dust and cause it to settle elsewhere. More effective alternatives would include Ostrich feather dusters as they trap even the smallest pieces of dust and can be used on any type of surface. High tech vacuums can also be useful as they usually come with attachments that can reach higher surfaces and reduce the risk of dust settling for long periods of time.
Clean Furniture More Regularly
Your household furniture will be used more often for eating and working coming months due to remote working, less people going out and less contact with others. Therefore, your furniture needs extra care in order to keep your house germ free. There are many items of furniture we can forget to clean for months however now is the time to effectively clean every nook and cranny such as sofa and pillow covers. For softer surface areas, aim to launder items at a high temperature and let the items dry fully.
Prioritise Kitchen Table Cleaning
Think about all the food that’s eaten around the kitchen table and how well you actually disinfect the area after use. More often than not it’s a quick table wipe and that’s that. If you want to keep your household hygiene level up during this susceptible time, you’re going to have to use effective products and methods to get rid of bacteria on your surfaces, especially where people gather to eat on a regular basis. This includes regular table linen cleaning as well to keep the germs at bay.
Aim to use disposable gloves when cleaning and disinfecting surfaces to avoid hand contact.
Butlerz Dry-Cleaning Services
To maintain hygiene levels and safety in your household during this time, Butlerz can help. If you live in Surrey, Hampshire or West Sussex, you can be in safe hands with our wide range of dry cleaning services. You may be feeling a little more stressed than usual; so allow us to take a load off you and help you during this period.
We also offer a range of specialist cleaning services such as carpet cleaning and curtain cleaning to ensure your household is hygienic as possible and not harbouring unwanted germs.
You can rest assured that during this time your health and safety is of the upmost importance to us. Between pick-ups and drop offs, we will ensure are using hand sanitiser or gloves when handling your items and maintain our already high levels of hygiene by ensuring dirty and clean items are separated.
Contact Butlerz for Hygienic and Safe Dry Cleaning Services
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