• Keir Hughes

Coronavirus and Cleaning Your Home

We aren't experts in science but we know how to clean stuff!

You may see some exterior cleaning companies trying to push their services on you, we are NOT. There is little chance that anyone is going to contract coronavirus from walking up their driveway or not having a clean roof! Please don't let such companies scaremonger you in to spending money you do NOT need to.

This article is just a few tips to help reduce the spread of germs around your home, not only during the coronavirus outbreak but just in general.

We keep hearing a lot about hand hygiene and that's great but we use our hands a lot. So what about those area's we are touching continuously. Door handles, remote controls, video games controllers, light switch's, draw handles, mobile phones, tablets and laptops to name just a few. If they aren't clean then generally, our hands aren't either! Below we discuss these high contact area's and how to clean them.

*Always follow manufacturer guidelines when using any products and the item you are cleaning.

What is best for cleaning our house?

The good news from investigations of the coronavirus spread, says Juan Leon, an environmental health scientist at Emory University, is that past studies show common household disinfectants, including soap or a diluted bleach solution, can deactivate coronaviruses on indoor surfaces. “Coronaviruses are enveloped viruses with a protective fat layer,” Leon says. Disinfectants tear apart that fat layer, Leon says, which makes coronaviruses “fairly wimpy” compared to noroviruses and other common viruses that have a more robust protein shell. See full article here.

Bleach it is a relatively cheap and highly effective disinfectant. It kills some of the most dangerous bacteria, including staphylococcus, streptococcus, E. coli and salmonella — as well as many viruses, including the flu and the common cold.

We like to use bleach but you can use whatever suitable product you have under your sink.

Wipe down these area's with a diluted bleach solution, wearing gloves and using a cloth:

  • Door handles.

  • Draw handles.

  • Light Switches.

  • Any hard surfaces (tables, work tops, kitchen appliances etc).

  • Taps (we touch taps with dirty hands and then use clean hands to turn them off!).

  • Toilets.

  • Sinks.

  • And any other high contact surfaces you can think of!

  • Mobile phones

  • Tablets

  • Video game controllers

  • Remote controllers

  • Laptops

These can be cleaned using alcohol gel hand cleaner, applied using some tissue and wiped dry. Or even antibacterial cleaner, applying a small amount to a dry cloth so as not to wet the phone and wipe dry. *always follow manufacturers guidelines.

With other surfaces such as floors and walls, these aren't high contact area's for our hands but the can still become contaminated and are easily transferred.

  • Mop any hard floors with a diluted bleach solution.

  • Wipe down any walls with a diluted bleach solution (we recommend doing a small test patch in an inconspicuous area to make sure it does not cause any adverse affects).

  • Spray carpets with a light covering of an appropriate anti bacterial cleaner (always follow manufacturers guidelines).

A few other things to thinks about are:

  • Catch it. Bin it. Kill it. Cover mouth and nose when with tissue when sneezing or coughing. Dispose of the tissue appropriately and wash your hands.

  • Coats/jackets. Whilst out and about we come into contact with many surfaces, especially our cuffs. Take them off when returning home and remember to wash such items regularly.

  • Take off you shoes when returning home and don't walk them through the house, further spreading any contamination.

  • Think about the things you have touched whilst out - use hand sanitiser.

  • Your car. If you drive it is also good practice to clean your steering wheel, gear stick, handbrake, door handles, stereo and any other hard surfaces in your vehicle that you regularly touch.

  • Wash you hands as soon as you return home.

Whether we are fighting a pandemic or just normal everyday life, the above steps with help you live in a clean healthy home. It doesn't need to be done 10 times a day or even everyday. But each time you do it, you are minimising the spread of germs and dirt around your home.

With the times of uncertainty, the more vulnerable members of our society will need our help. Keep an eye on the elderly neighbour or disabled members of your community and those less fortunate than yourself. Do ask if they need anything, whether that be an item or just some company. Don't hoard every item from the shop, we have always had enough toilet roll to wipe our bum, we still do. But whilst you may have a cupboard full of pasta, there isn't any left on the shelf for said neighbour to buy. Think about your local food bank who struggle at the best of times and donate whatever you can. Most importantly think of EACH OTHER!

Thanks for reading, it's always appreciated. Stay clean, stay happy, stay safe!


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