You've stocked up on masks, hand sanitiser, pasta and toilet paper. Locked indoors for most of the day, you're well prepared to avoid the dreaded Coronavirus… or are you? Without trying to cause alarm - given it is relatively unlikely you will pick up the disease - the spread should prompt us to become far more cognisant of protective hygiene practices in and around our homes.
One of the more alarming concerns around the spread of Coronavirus is the length of time it can stay alive (and infectious) on exposed surfaces. Hard, shiny surfaces are particularly conducive to Coronavirus, supporting the infectious lifeform for up to 72 hours. As such, it's essential to implement effective cleaning practices throughout your home to keep your safe-haven, safe. Irrespective of the globes' pandemic status', proper cleaning routines are critical to maintaining a clean and healthy house for you, your family and your pets.
Let's take a look at the best ways to keep your home's defences up from viral threats as well as how to use this time indoors to build an effective cleaning routine that you can continue to implement into the future.
Virus Hotspots - How Long and Where?
Novel Coronavirus, as well as other more common forms of infectious diseases, can stay alive for up to three days. It all depends on the type of surface and temperature of the room.
"Coronavirus can survive up to 24 hours on cardboard and 48 hours on plastic"
Warmer rooms are more susceptible to fostering unwanted viral guests, while cooler rooms are less favourable for pathogens. Surfaces that hold and promote moisture buildups, such as wooden door handles, floorboards, bathrooms and kitchens carry the most significant risk of harbouring dangerous diseases.
Coronavirus can also survive up to 24 hours on cardboard and 48 hours on plastic. Most goods coming from outside your home are housed in either of these two materials - so take extra care with anything you bring inside, it's not just people themselves that spread disease.
Fortify Your Entries. Build a Disinfectant Moat.
The best way to keep your home spick and span is to prevent the entry of dirt, dust and harmful germs is not to let them in to begin with. According to immunologists, disinfecting foreign objects as soon as they enter your house is the way to go. Take your shoes off outside, take a wipe and run it over any bags or cardboard packaging you're bringing in. In addition to these simple precautions, consider adding the following to your homecoming routine:
- Remove clothes carrying dirt. Germs live and breath in clothing, particularly well-worn, sweaty garments. Ditch the clothes on arrival and put them straight in the laundry basket. Always wash them in warm or hot water to maximise the germ-killing power of your washing machine.
- Sanitise your hands on entry. Whenever you enter your front door, clean your hands with an effective lotion. Use alcohol wipes to clean your phone.
- Use mats and carpets to trap particles. Rugs and carpets are more effective at containing dust and allergens than hard floors. The particles become 'trapped' within the mat until it's time to vacuum. Consider placing floor mats throughout commonly used areas.
Vacuum. Laundry. Clean. Repeat.
Now is the perfect time to sort your home's much-needed cleaning routine. It's great to change your behaviour to combat the spread of Coronavirus, but it's the lasting habits that form that will protect you and your family for years to come. While preventing nasty germs and dirt from entering your home is a great start; keeping your house fresh and clean at all times is the goal.
Vacuuming more than once a month is essential to keep your home clean, tidy and healthy. Removing dirt and debris from your floors and furniture is a sure-fire way to keep your house looking and feeling fresh. Not only that, but you'll also be minimising allergens, dust and mites in the air - safeguarding your family's well being. Make use of a combination of vacuum types in your cleaning arsenal for the best results. Consider using a handheld, stick vacuum for less regular deep-cleans and awkward, hard-to-reach places, such as nooks and crannies, under shallow furniture or the backseat of your car.
Wear your clothes no more than two times before washing them. Sweat and dirt build ups are a breeding ground for bacteria.
Mop your hard floors to prevent the accumulation of harmful bacteria.
Wipe down and disinfect areas that carry food, such as kitchen tops and high touch-contact regions, like door handles.
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