With health at the top of our minds with the Coronavirus pandemic, many of us are thinking about how we can keep our homes as clean and germ-free as possible. Here are just a few sanitising cleaning tips…
Clean Before You Sanitise
Don’t just sanitise – clean first, then sanitise. We can be tempted to run through our house with disinfectant wipes or spray in hand and using them on all surfaces. But it’s better to first clean the area with a soapy sponge and/or cloth and then apply any disinfectant, leaving it on for at least 30 seconds before wiping it off.
How Often Should You Clean?
It is recommended that surfaces that are being touched frequently, like light switches, door handles (your outside door handle especially), cupboard doors, basins, sinks, etc. are sanitised daily. In normal times you would want to clean and sanitise every few days, but these are anything but normal times, so clean at least every second day.
Appliances such as the kettles, toasters and coffee machines, should be cleaned after each use. Again, consider using a sanitiser or warm soapy water. Remember to unplug any small appliance before cleaning it.
In terms of what to clean, anything that you are putting your hands on, should be cleaned daily. A good rule of thumb is to thoroughly wash your hands when you get home before you touch anything. This is when you are likely to be spreading unwanted germs.
Clean and sanitise kitchen counter-tops daily. The reality is that these are used daily, so you should consider cleaning and sanitising them daily.
Put Your Sponges In The Dishwasher
The very things you use to clean other things is often teeming with germs itself. The Global Hygiene Council in the UK found that an average of 19.6 billion bacteria live in kitchen sponges.
Just pop the sponge into the dishwasher or washing machine, or give it a scrub with hot soapy water by hand.
You could also put it in the microwave on high for a minute or two – and while you’re at it, put any other sponges or cloths you regularly use such as bathroom sponges.
Another tip is to use microfibre cloths because these are easily laundered and dry very quickly.
Once lockdown has been lifted, and for peace of mind, why not give the professionals at QClean a call to come through and give your house a thorough sanitising and hygienic clean. Send your enquiry through via our website and we will get back to you with a quote.