In this cleaning guide you will learn:
- What is Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- How to protect your home and family
- What cleaning products kill coronavirus?
- How to deep clean your home like a pro
Table of contents
According to The World Health Organisation Coronavirus is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.
Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.
The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
We’re still waiting for a vaccine for the virus. There are many ongoing clinical trials across the world evaluating potential treatments. It’s a race to top.
How to protect your family
Always follow government advice and stay at home until told otherwise. You can take extra precautions when going out for essential items. Be sure to wear a face mask and gloves at all times. When you have left the shop or supermarket where you have been, throw the gloves in the nearest bin. You don’t want to contaminate your car after wearing them in the supermarket.
You should also:
- wash your hands with soap and water often – for at least 20 seconds
- wash your hands as soon as you get home
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze
- put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands
- not touch your face if your hands are not clean
We recommend keeping your home clean and disinfected to prevent the spread of coronavirus. If no one in your household is showing symptoms or has been diagnosed, then the chances of the virus living on a surface in your home are less likely.
Regularly clean the surfaces you touch most often, such as door handles and lightswitches. This will greatly reduce the chance of the virus transferring from a surface to your hands.
No one knows how long the virus survives outside the body or on hard surfaces. A recent US study found it could last on stainless steel and plastic surfaces for up to three days and on cardboard for up to a day. There are many factors which can affect the survival rate.
Wiping down high traffic areas will reduce the spread of viruses in areas which come into contact with various people throughout the day.
We recommend using diluted bleach and/or cleaners with at least 70% alcohol and disinfectants.
Make sure you use the same rubber gloves and apron when you are doing the cleaning and wash any clothes straight after. Always disinfect and boil-wash any cleaning cloths used during the cleaning.
Did you know: For disinfectants to work, they need to be in contact with the surface for five minutes to kill bacteria and viruses.
How to deep clean like a pro
Deep cleaning is very different from regular cleaning. It involves cleaning behind appliances and areas which are often just dusted over.
Why not take this opportunity to deep clean your home?
Follow our coronavirus thorough deep cleaning checklist.
- You don’t have to do it all in one go. With children and pets around we recommend doing one room at a time.
- Prepare yourself before the cleaning. Get all the necessary cleaning equipment and chemicals in one bucket and have a black rubbish sack handy to throw and rubbish you come across.
- Why not get the kids involved? Give them a section of the cleaning checklist to carry out. This could be something as easy as dusting the skirting boards
- When cleaning behind or around electrical appliances we suggest turning them off at the mains, where possible
- Don’t forget to clean under your sofa cushions – you’ll be surprised what you might find under there
- Do you have dogs? Take this opportunity to give your dogs a good bath
- Vinegar and lemon are powerful and diverse cleaning products and can be used to remove stubborn limescale and other dirt. Read our vinegar and lemon cleaning guides for more info.
Stay safe and remember we will get through this together.
Recommendations from NHS.co.uk
Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
You should only leave your home for very limited purposes:
- shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
- one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household
- any medical need, including to donate blood, avoid or escape risk of injury or harm, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
- travelling for work purposes, but only where you cannot work from home