We’re living in pretty worrying times.
For most people, this is the first time living through a major health scare such as this, not least a pandemic. Every day we’re told a new piece of news and given new advice on how to stay safe and healthy whilst the world is in an upside down and uncertain place.
The good news is that this isn’t going to last forever, but for the time being, we have to protect ourselves against Covid-19 as thoroughly as possible. The best way to do that is to focus on hygiene and cleanliness. We know that we have to wash our hands regularly, especially if we’ve been outside or if we’ve received a delivery from someone to the home, and we know that if advised in your region, we may need to wear a face mask.
You know the rest of the drill by now surely - avoid touching your face, sneeze or cough into your inner elbow if you don’t have a tissue and if you do, use it and discard of it somewhere safe, straightaway.
It’s not rocket science, but it’s surprising how many people aren’t actually doing this!
If you’re keen to stay healthy, which we hope you are, then you might be interested to learn how to deep clean your home.
There are many benefits to this and many situations in which you may need to do it. For instance, perhaps you have had a relative or friend in the house who has unfortunately been diagnosed with Covid-19. In that case, you will want to give your house a deep clean to rid it of any germs which are sitting on surfaces and therefore putting you at risk. You might simply want to deep clean it because you’re a key worker, someone who has to go out and work closely with the public every day, and you’re therefore at a higher risk of carrying the virus yourself. However, you might simply want to deep clean your home in the midst of all this talk, so that you can be sure your house is as clean, and sterile to germs as possible.
What is Deep Cleaning?
Deep cleaning is a step up from regular cleaning .When you clean in general, you dust, mop, bleach the bathroom and use other cleaning products on the kitchen. Deep cleaning uses stronger products, to ensure that all bacteria is removed from surfaces, therefore leaving your home clean and sparkling, with no doubts that germs are far away.
There are many different opinions on how long Coronavirus can live on surfaces but the truth is that we’re not 100% sure because this is a new virus that we’ve never had to deal with before. However, the latest estimate is that the virus can stay alive on cardboard for around 24 hours and up to 3 days on plastic surfaces and on stainless steel. That’s a long time and can you imagine how many times you’ll touch those surfaces during that time? That’s a lot of risk. Deep cleaning is therefore the answer.
Deep Cleaning 101
Deep cleaning basically includes disinfecting, getting rid of not only grime and dust, but bacteria and any other nasties which are lying in wait. You’ll be using chemical products, such as bleach, and these will kill the germs which are on various surfaces within your house. However, you should always be very careful when using these products as they’re not only powerful, but in some cases also corrosive to skin and also poisonous. Therefore, follow the directions on the individual bottle when using any product.
So, how do you deep clean?
First things first, you need to do a regular clean, to get rid of the regular dust that is lying around. You know how to do that, because you probably do it regularly throughout the week! So, dust your surfaces, give them a wipe down with your regular cleaning fluid, hoover your carpets and your sofa, mop your floors and any skirting boards and be sure to get rid of any cobwebs on your ceilings walls.
The reason you need to do this before deep cleaning is because many disinfectant products aren’t going to work as well if the surface you’re applying them to in the first place is dirty.
You’ll no doubt find that many cleaning products are out of stock in your local supermarket right now, such is everyone’s obsession with getting rid of germs! In that case, you can look online and find products which suit your needs. Again, remember to read the labels and do not use the product for longer than the specified time.
Also, when using these deep cleaning products, it’s a good rule of thumb to spray or apply, leave to set or dry for around 60 seconds and then wipe the surface down. Again, check the bottle but this is a good guideline if you’re not too sure.
Where should you be aiming your efforts?
You can’t deep clean everything, that’s for sure. Your house is going to have some amount of bacteria within it at some point, but for the most part these are harmless. What we’re aiming towards avoiding here is the troublesome Covid-19. That means you need to think about the most commonly touched parts of your home, such as your countertops, door handles, switches for lights and other commonly used parts of your home, TV remote controls, and the majority of your bathroom. Ajax Powder Cleanser Bleach is a great product for the bathroom and the kitchen.
If you have a thick carpet you might be tempted to give that a clean too, to get rid of any dust, microbes or other bacteria harboured between those fluffs. Again, be sure to keep children and pets away from the carpet whilst you’re cleaning it and have your doors and windows open to let plenty of fresh air in. There are many deep cleaning carpet products you can use, such as Nature’s Miracle Cleaning Carpet Shampoo, which is gentle enough to use on your best carpets but tough on bacteria. Of course, cleaning your carpet is particularly useful if you have pets. Whilst there is no evidence to suggest that pets can transmit Covid-19, they can make the carpet smell a little!
It’s a good idea to have a separate towel for every person within your household and a spare for guests. Of course, at the moment you shouldn’t have having guests due to social distancing rules, but let’s put that out there, just in case you have an emergency. Be sure to wash your laundry such as this with a strong detergent, such as Dropps Stain & Odor Laundry Detergent, which is also gentle on the environment.
How Often Should You Deep Clean Your Home?
You might be tempted to deep clean your home as regularly as possible, trying to keep the presence of bacteria at bay. However, it’s not necessary to do this unless someone within the household is sick in some way, or unless you really suspect there is a very strong reason to do so.
The general rule of thumb is to do a regular clean a couple of times every week, and to do a deep clean once a week if nobody in the house is sick and everyone is perfectly fine and healthy. These cleaning products are stronger than regular cleaning products and they’re also quite harsh, so you don’t want to breathing their fumes in too often either. If you’re short for time and have the funds you can also consider hiring a professional house cleaner.
Be sure to store your cleaning products away from children and pets, and to keep the lids on at all times, screwed on tightly.
We’re all working in the dark to some extent when it comes to Covid-19, and it’s completely understandable to want to do everything you can to protect yourself and your family from the harmful effects of the virus. We don’t know everything about this virus and there is still much to learn, but the basics of cleanliness and hygiene are vitally important. This means looking after your hand washing duties on a very regular basis, using hand sanitiser whilst out and about and if you can’t wash your hands in general, and wearing a face mask if necessary.
Your home needs to be a sanctuary, and that means ensuring that none of those dangerous germs making it past your threshold. Deep cleaning will help to remove that risk, provided you do it properly and you ensure that you’re not exposing yourself to harmful fumes in the process. In that case, keep your doors and windows open and don’t leave the product on the surface for longer than the bottle tells you too. Also, get rid of cleaning clothes once you’re done with them.