The Coronavirus pandemic (also known as COVID-19) continues to significantly impact our health, the economy, and social interaction on a global scale. In the UK, the virus outbreak is affecting every corner of our lives from shops to schools, homes to hospitals and businesses from every sector. Decontamination from the disease is a universal issue and in this blog we offer advice on how you can help protect yourselves and prevent the spread, including using our own COVID-19 Cleaning and Decontamination service. As always, make sure you are familiar with current government advice.
How can I protect myself against the virus?
COVID-19 can enter the body and infect someone through the mouth, eyes or nostrils. Help protect yourself and stop the infection spreading by following the hygiene advice below:
- Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze.
- Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards.
- Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
- Access the full government guidance to ensure you are following the correct procedures.
How can I make sure my mobile phone is clean?
Most of us would agree that our mobile phones are glued to our hands throughout the day (and evening!), both at work and at home. But if we’re cleaning our hands more often, shouldn’t we be doing the same with our handhelds? While COVID-19 continues to spread, health officials are encouraging us to keep our tech as clean as possible to reduce the spread of the disease. Amidst the pandemic, Apple and Google have updated their advice to say that 70% isopropyl alcohol wipes are safe to use for disinfecting your phone. While wipes are the ideal option, Which? have outlined other methods while warning against using bleach and abrasive kitchen towels.
How can I clean my home effectively?
With many of us now spending more time at home, it’s important to keep up good home hygiene habits to stay healthy, especially if someone in your household is self-isolating.
- You should first clean hard surfaces with warm, soapy water and then disinfect them.
- For disinfection, diluted household bleach solutions (hydrogen peroxide or sodium hypochlorite), alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol, and certain anti-viral household disinfectants should be effective. If you are buying disinfectant, check the product information to make sure it says it combats viruses including influenza and human coronaviruses e.g. Dettol surface cleanser.
- When cleaning, focus on the high traffic areas that enable pathogens to spread around the home. These include your hands, and frequent touch areas such as: door handles and light switches, appliance handles and dials e.g. kettle handle, fridge door, oven and microwave dials, TV remotes, shared computer equipment such as keyboards, toilet and tap handles and food prep areas and bathroom surfaces.
- Wash reusable cloths and tea towels at 60 degrees or more between uses, and change frequently. You can also put washing up sponges on a hot cycle in the dishwasher.
How can I decontaminate my car?
Reports suggest that COVID-19 can persist on metal and plastic surfaces for as long as three days, and remain in the air for up to three hours, meaning those who are still using their cars are at higher risk of spreading the virus. There are several ways to ensure shared vehicles are clean and safe:
- Ensure a regular deep-clean of the vehicle. Auto Trader have produced a handy video guide highlighting the ideal process and products to use.
- Limit passenger use.
- Allow three hours between use by different people if possible.
- Ask each user to wash hands and wipe down touch points before and after using the vehicle. These include: inside and outside door buttons/handles, steering wheel and indicator stalks, key fob, dashboard and touchscreens, seat belts and gear shifters and handbrakes.
- Consider using disposable gloves.
- Keep a pack of disinfectant wipes and disposable gloves in the vehicle as an easy and effective preventive measure.
How should I wash clothes and kill germs?
If you’re handling clothes of someone who has been experiencing coronavirus symptoms, make sure you don’t touch your face and be sure to wash your hands afterwards. Also, follow the tips below:
- Avoid shaking up any laundry too much, otherwise you could be spreading the virus through the air.
- It is advised that towels and sports kits be washed separately and at a higher temperature and with a bleach-based detergent (such as a biological powder for whites) as they are likely to harbour more germs.
- Also wash baby clothes and reusable nappies separately at 60 degrees to avoid spreading germs to your child.
- For specific advice on how to deal with clothes used in food preparation or healthcare workers’ clothes, access the NHS website.
How can I decontaminate my business premises?
While the physical locations of many businesses are closed in compliance with lockdown measures, there are some which will continue to be partially in use and some providing essential services which remain open as usual.
When looking to clean and decontaminate your professional space please ensure you incorporate the tips outlined in the sections above, however for a more comprehensive service contact Just Clear. Our years of industry experience has enabled us to develop a specialist COVID-19 Cleaning and Decontamination service which operates nationwide. The service is underpinned by our world-class, environmentally friendly disinfectant which has been proven to eliminate all key strains of Coronavirus within minutes of contact. By harnessing electrostatic spray technology, we are able to decontaminate an area quickly and effectively through distributing a 360 coating reaching surfaces which manual wiping wouldn’t even touch.
If you’re looking to decontaminate from Coronavirus you should always contact a professional in the field, like the expert team here at Just Clear. Don’t risk your business or health.