Its worth noting that cleaning and disinfecting are two different things. In today’s environment its a good idea to do a little bit of both. You remove contaminants when cleaning, and you will kill pathogens through disinfecting.
With the Coronavirus in the UK posing a major health risk, its a good idea to pay attention to cleaning and disinfecting some of the high tough surfaces around the home on a regular basis.
With that being said, here we list some of common high touch surfaces to pay attention to, especially when you have visitors coming in and out your home:
- Door Knobs
- Kitchen Tops
- Light Switches
- Remote Controls (TV & Computer)
- Mouse Mat and Computer Mouse
- Toilet Seats / Handles
- Bathroom Tops / Taps
- Dining Chairs
- Phones / Tablets / Keyboards
How to Clean then Disinfect
Hard Surfaces (Non-Porous)
– Wear disposable gloves when cleaning and disinfecting (gloves should be single use only)
– If reusable gloves are used they should be only used for this purpose
– All surfaces should be cleaned first with soapy water or an adequate detergent
– Next use a disinfectant solution or spray to disinfect said surface (please follow the manufacturers instructions for use and use skin and eye protection).
Soft Surfaces (Porous)
– Using an appropriate cleaning solution for each surface (i.e carpet, rugs etc.), clean thoroughly
– After cleaning, launder the items (follow the manufacturers instructions and using the warmest water setting)
– Steam Cleaning is a suitable method for cleaning and disinfecting carpets and other furnishing effectively where possible.
– Remove any visible contaminants on phones, tablets, mouse mats, keyboards, computer mouse etc
– Following the manufacturers instructions then disinfect the items
– If manufacturers instructions are not available, an alcohol based wipe will generally suffice for this.
Cleaning Tips to Prevent the Spread of Germs
Cleaning Cloths and Sponges
If possible disposable items should be used. If you are reusing cloths then wash at a warm temperature (60 degrees) following each use.
Washing Up Brushes
These can be regularly cleaned in the dishwasher or with a suitable detergent after each use.
If possible its a good idea to use one mop/bucket for washing and one for rinsing – and throughly clean after each use
Toilets / W.C’s
Its a good idea to clean every few days with a toilet cleaner and brush. Limescale should also be removed on a regular basis using a suitable descaling product.
Toys with a non porous surface can be cleaned with by washing with a suitable detergent and a cleaning cloth. Soft toys can generally be cleaned in the washing machine.
Always remember to was your hands after handling any dirty laundry. Also, don’t leave laundry sitting in the washing machine, as this allows any remaining germs to multiply.
Where possible foot operating bins are a better choice to lower the risk of spreading germs. After handling any waste wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.