Hygiene has become a hot topic even though it should always be. Since the spread of coronavirus and spring right around the corner is a perfect excuse to clean up your bedroom and your mattress! Everyone knows that simple measures such as hand washing, and using and disposing of paper tissues, can help stop the spread of this and other illnesses. But some germs are able to survive on hard surfaces for several weeks – even months. We’re here to help with cleaning knowledge you need to keep bacteria and viruses at bay in your home.
Clean Then Disinfect
Use a familiar two-step method – cleaning first then disinfecting – to tackle surfaces such as bedside table, tabletops, and bedroom surfaces so dirt and residue are removed. To clean, either spray the surface with distilled white vinegar and then wipe down with a clean cloth or simply use a microfibre cloth with warm water, or a cleaning cloth dipped in detergent solution and wrung out fully. To disinfect against viruses as well as bacteria, use a disinfectant which is alcohol-based, or use rubbing alcohol with a strength of at least 70%. Using a household bleach containing sodium hypochlorite diluted in cold water. Both methods should kill viruses quite quickly by breaking down their cell walls.
Keep Your Shoes Outside Of The Bedroom
Shoes don’t just carry dirt into our homes – they also have the potential to introduce germs in the home. It’s best to make your home a ‘shoes-free’ zone and to clean your bedroom’s hard floors regularly. Your carpeted areas need vacuuming or sweeping hard floors to get rid of loose dirt then mop or Swiffer with a warm solution of disinfectant.
Don’t Overlook High Touch Surfaces
It’s easy to remember to clean and disinfect obvious germ hotspots, the typical visible spots. But you can’t other frequently touched surfaces in our homes need attention, too – think door and bed frames, light switches and banisters. Use a solution of bleach or another disinfectant to wipe handles and doorknobs then dry them thoroughly with a clean cloth. If using bleach, ensure to rinse the area you are cleaning after applying the bleach. Buff with a clean, soft cloth or a fine microfibre cloth for a satisfying shine.
Don’t Forget About Your Shared Devices
Technology that’s used by the whole family, such as the home phone in your room, remote controls, tablets or IPads and games console controllers. To clean them, start by removing dust with a soft cloth, then use a microfibre cloth sprayed lightly with water to wipe away grime, followed by a clean cloth spritzed with a disinfectant solution to get rid of germs and viruses. A cotton bud can be handy to clean the small areas between buttons.
Work Hard To Disinfect!
Use a product that claims to kill 99.9% of bacteria and viruses, and ensure you leave it to work on a hard surface for at least one minute but preferably three minutes. Make sure you are keeping your Siesta Sleepworks furniture, bedrooms and yourself protected!