One of the concerns that raises more questions in these times is the cleaning of the different rooms and the time that the new coronavirus can last on the different surfaces of a home. The World Health Organization (WHO), in its preliminary studies, points out that the virus can persist on surfaces from a few hours to several days. According to the study "Persistence of coronaviruses on inanimate surfaces and their inactivation with biocidal agents", carried out by The Journal of Hospital Infection, the virus can remain on ceramics for up to five days.
The WHO recommends the disinfection of the areas that we think may be infected, cleaning them directly with a common disinfectant to kill the virus. Ceramic surfaces can be disinfected with bleach, although commercially available disinfectants against viruses can also be used. Most importantly, never mix bleach, or any other common disinfectant, with ammonia, salfuman, alcohol, vinegar, or any other substance, as this increases their toxicity and can produce dangerous gases. Therefore, it is also recommended to open doors and windows during the cleaning process to avoid inhaling these gases.
In these times of COVID, ceramic is one of the most surfaces that can be easily cleaned, unlike carpets, vinyl or wood.
Floors are often one of the dirtiest aeras of the houses, offices, and various premises. Knowing how to clean ceramic floors is essential to avoid their degradation over time.
- Use cotton cloths.
- For bathroom and kitchen tiles you can use an old toothbrush that you have decided to stop using.
- Use a solution of warm water and bleach. Bleach will effectively disinfect and remove dirt from the floor.
- If you want to have shiny finishing like the first day, use a little bit of glass cleaner. Using a spray and a cotton cloth, rub the entire surface of the floor to make it shine.
Daily bathroom cleaning
One of the areas of special interest in the house is the bathroom, it is the room in the house where bacteria and humidity can be accumulated.
Adequate ventilation should be provided during cleaning and products should be kept tightly closed and in a safe place when not in use.
The surfaces where you should pay the most attention are those that are frequently touched. Cleaning must apply first, otherwise disinfection shall not be effective.
We recommend washing your hands with soap and water for at least 40-60 seconds before starting to clean. Put on some disposable gloves and remove all objects from the bathroom to thoroughly clean every corner.
After removing the objects, sweep or vacuum the area to remove surface dust. With a hygienic cloth or microfiber cloth and a small dose of disinfectant cleaner or bleach, clean the floor and ceramic tile, sink, shower, bathtub, toilet ... Rinse with water all areas where the product has been spilled.
The taps, door handles, shelves and cabinets can be cleaned with water and ammonia or disinfectant gel.
With regards to the towels, it is advisable that each member of the house has their own towel. Household linen should be washed at least 60 degrees.
The bathroom floor can be cleaned with water and soap or water and bleach.
Daily cleaning of the kitchen
Hygiene in the kitchen is always important, and in extraordinary moments such as the coronavirus crisis we are experiencing, it is absolutely essential. The way we store food, the way we cook it or even how we transport it can have serious effect.
General cleaning products such as detergent or soap somehow "break down the fats and also attack possible microorganisms that are present on those surfaces because it breaks down those protective barriers", so we don't need anything extraordinary to maintain safety in our kitchen.
When cleaning the worktop, first remove any dirt, food residues and grease; then use any cleaning product with warm water and rub it in; do not remove it immediately but leave it for one or two minutes to be effective then rinse it with warm water and finally dry the surface. If we leave humidity, those possible microorganisms will have the perfect environment to reproduce again.
We invite you to read one of our posts where we included a series of tips that can be very interesting when cleaning ceramic floor and wall tiles with alternative products.