The worldwide pandemic of Coronavirus or COVID-19 is escalating in many countries. It is likely that COVID-19 will become much more widespread in London.
In addition to best practice as recommended by WHO, we want to share some useful information about keeping surfaces clean at home to protect your household from illness. This is a time to maintain high standards of cleaning at home. We asked some professional domestic cleaners in Twickenham and an experienced housekeeper in Kilburn to help us compile some essential cleaning tips to keep yourself protected from COVID-19.
Everyday preventive actions
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. As a reminder, it is recommended to take everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
Avoid close contact with people who are sick
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
Stay home when you are sick. The symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, coughing and shortness of breath
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty
In addition to these everyday actions, it is important to clean the high-touch surfaces frequently with regular household cleaners or diluted bleach (1 part bleach to 9 parts water):
Disinfectant spray and disposable wipes are useful for this task.
Kitchens and bathrooms are the most important rooms to keep clean. In the kitchen make sure that utensils, plates, bowls, pans or any other items are thoroughly cleaned after each use. Do this in a mixture of hot water and soap.
In the bathroom use disinfectant spray or wipes to rub down surfaces like the toilet seat, bathtub and taps to remove bacteria and prevent spreading.
If you have any of the symptoms and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or have recently travelled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19 you should self-isolate and call 111 or use the online service https://111.nhs.uk/service/covid-19 to get advice and possibly tested. More information HERE.
If you have a regular cleaner through TidyChoice please let them know if you are experiencing symptoms and ask them not to attend.
We have asked cleaners to let their customers know immediately if they are experiencing any symptoms of coronavirus and asked them not to go to customers’ properties.