Due to the new strain of the COVID-19 virus, many of us are facing tighter restrictions and spending more time at home. With this in mind, we look at how keeping your home clean can help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
From targeting frequently touched surfaces to wiping in an "S" shape, here's how to protect those around you, by cleaning your home more effectively.
There is evidence which shows that dry surface contamination can contribute to the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 (virus which causes COVID-19) and other related viruses. What's more, there is evidence that the SARS-CoV-2 virus can survive on surfaces for hours or even weeks. That's why, it is so important to regularly clean and disinfect surfaces throughout your home to help prevent contamination and viruses spreading.
There are several areas within the home that can become contaminated with potential pathogens. These include: food contact surfaces, toilets, frequently touched surfaces, and waste/linen. Whilst your home is not a hospital, following a targeted approach to cleaning and disinfection can help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Look around your home and you will notice a number of surfaces that are touched more often than others. For example, light switches, doors, appliances, cupboard handles, even the TV remote control. These frequently touched surfaces are where you should focus your cleaning. To kill some lockdown boredom, why not try and count how many times people touch different surfaces - you will be be amazed!
When it comes to preventing viruses like COVID-19 from spreading, you want to clean and disinfect your surfaces. You need to clean before you disinfect. If you don't clean, the disinfectant gets neutralised by the dirt, before it has a chance to kill the virus. Ideally, you should use a product which does both of these things at the same time.
Our Clinell Universal wipes, clean and disinfect in a single step. They are proven to kill bacteria in 10 seconds in dirty conditions, are effective against most viruses within one minute and can kill the COVID-19 virus in 30 seconds. Additionally, they're the NHS' number 1 disinfectant wipe, trusted by 9 out of 10 NHS hospitals to protect their patients, visitors and staff from infection.
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We recommend following a "five principles of cleaning" method:
To prevent you contaminating part of surface you have just cleaned.
This means that you clean in a methodical manner to ensure that you cover all surfaces.
To reduce the risk of spreading harmful organisms from the dirtiest areas.
All disinfectants need contact time to kill, this can range from 30 seconds to as long as five minutes.
This stops you from moving germs from one area to another.
Why not make it your New Year's resolution to keep your home cleaner? If we each play our part, we can help prevent the new strain of COVID-19 virus from spreading. Evidence shows that enhanced targeted home hygiene and cleaning reduces the spread of pathogens and the risk of disease to your family and visitors alike.
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