With viruses like COVID-19 spreading like nobody’s business, it may be time to consider giving your home a thorough deep clean. Did you know that bacteria, cold and flu viruses can remain infectious on surfaces for several hours after initial contact depending on the infection and where it lands? What’s more, according to the World Health Organisation, COVID-19 may even persist on surfaces for several days.
With so many fears circulating about new-born diseases, many are becoming inspired to take to deep cleaning their homes to be rid of any potential infection. However, deep cleaning involves more than just tackling surfaces with a damp cloth. In this blog, we share a guide on deep cleaning your home to prevent the spread of germs, bacteria and viruses.
How to Prevent Spreading Germs and Viruses
The most preventative way to prevent the spread of infection, germs, and viruses like the coronavirus is by thoroughly and regularly washing your hands - especially if you come into contact with someone who is infected. Avoid touching your face, mouth and nose with your hands, as this is one of the ways viruses can enter the body.
Ensuring that your home is thoroughly clean can help to reduce the risk of spreading bacteria, germs and viruses. When it comes to deep cleaning your home, a room-by-room approach can often be easiest and help breakdown the task into more manageable chunks. Below we have provided some tips on deep cleaning your home one room at a time.
According to experts at a global public health and safety organisation, the kitchen is actually the dirtiest place in the home, not the bathroom contrary to popular belief. Most food preparation is done in the kitchen, which makes it an essential area to keep sanitised and clean.
There are so many nooks and crannies in the kitchen that can easily harbour germs if left unchecked. For example, if you read our article ‘The 5 dirtiest places in your home and how to tackle them’, then you’ll know that dirty dish sponges take the lead for being the dirtiest place in the home.
How to deep clean your kitchen:
- Surfaces: Use a sanitising cleaner to thoroughly clean countertops and surfaces - remember to use clean cloths! Be sure to clean underneath any appliances such as toasters and kettles.
- Sponges: Place sponges and cleaning cloths in the dishwasher every evening to blast away germs hiding there.
- Fridge and Freezer: Completely empty your fridge and freezer. Defrost your freezer then thoroughly clean all shelves using a top-to-bottom approach - again use a hardy cleaner and clean cloth to banish germs.
- Oven: Use a high quality oven cleaning spray and wipe down all the innards of your oven. Remove any detachables such as shelves and stick them in the dishwasher or sink to soak in hot, soapy water. Wipe down the hob and dispose of any lose crumbs. Don’t forget to use a cleaner to wipe down any oven knobs, handles and switches as this area can get infected with germs too!
If you are worried you’ve missed any essential kitchen cleanings spots, check out our kitchen cleaning checklist to make sure you’ve targeted all the key areas.
Next to the kitchen, the bathroom is probably the next dirtiest place in the home. If your bathroom isn’t cleaned regularly the moist, warm conditions create the perfect environment for mould to grow. As with the kitchen, there are a number of areas where germs can lie in waiting.
How to deep clean your bathroom:
- Sink, Shower and Bath: Pay particular attention to small and hard to reach places such as behind the tap faucet, drains, and shower head. Don’t forget to wipe down any shelves in the shower too!
- Toothbrush Holder: Dirty water often pools at the bottom of toothbrush holders creating an unhygienic holding spot for your toothbrush. Pop your toothbrush holder in the sink or dishwasher regularly to ensure no mould grows there.
- Toilet: Be sure to give your toilet seat and rim a good wipe down. Use a fresh cleaning cloth to tackle the toilet handle and other areas of the bathroom.
- Towels: Make sure to wash your hand towels regularly - especially if the bathroom is used by more than one person. This will help prohibit the spread of germs and viruses.
- Door Handles and Light Switches: Switches and handles are one of the dirtiest spots in the whole house - and the ones in the bathroom are no exception! Give door handles a thorough spray with a cleaning product and wipe them down.
If you are worried you’ve missed any essential bathroom cleanings spots, check out our bathroom cleaning checklist to make sure you’ve targeted all the key areas.
Even if your bedroom is clutter-free you still have to make the effort to keep on top of cleaning here. While bedrooms don’t attract the same types of bacteria and mould as in the kitchen and bathroom they can still harbour germs and dust if you don’t clean them regularly.
How to deep clean your bedroom:
- Bedding: While you may not associate your bedding as an area that can harbour bacteria, it’s important to wash your sheets regularly. As you sleep, you can sweat which creates moistures (especially if you are unwell and have a fever). This moisture can seep into bed sheets - and even your mattress if left to fester.
- Ventilation: As we share in our blog ‘Top tips for keeping your home germ-free’ ventilating your home is extremely important when trying to eradicate germs, bacteria and viruses. Regularly opening windows to aerate your bedroom will help to prevent air from becoming stale and congested with dust.
- Dust: Dust buildup can hamper the quality of the air, trigger allergens, and even lead to a chesty cough. Don’t forget to tackle easily-forgotten-about areas such as the top of mirrors and skirting boards. Be sure to wipe down any visible surfaces as well as your bed frame.
Can Wet & Forget Indoor prevent the spread of germs and viruses?
One question we often get asked by our customers is ‘will Wet & Forget Indoor kill viruses like COVID-19?’ Wet & Forget products have over 40 years of tackling germs and contaminants and, historically, it has been effective against many viruses. Wet & Forget Indoor has a dual deodorising and sanitising action that effectively kills bacteria like Staphylococcus aureus and Salmonella.
What else can I do to prevent the spread of germs and viruses?
Regular hand washing is possibly the biggest preventative measure you can take to avoid spreading and catching germs or viruses like the flu or coronavirus. If you feel that you have caught a condition like coronavirus self-isolate to prevent the disease from spreading to other people.
Giving your house a deep clean on a regular basis will help to prevent your home from harbouring any germs, viruses or contaminations. Try using an expert cleaner like Wet & Forget Indoor throughout the home. Its dual sanitising and deodorising action kills out germs and prevents them from spreading. Check out our blog for more tips and trick on how to make house cleaning quick and easy.