How to Clean Your Bathroom During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Are you cleaning your bathroom as much as the rest of your home? After all, it is your sanctuary; a place where you can wash away the worries of the day. With that being said, it’s also an area full of germs.
Below is a survey done by safehome.org about the bacteria on different surfaces in three separate bathrooms.
We know it can be tough to keep up with everything that’s going on in the world, so why don’t we discuss what you can control; keeping your bathroom clean.
At Showerline, we follow the rules to social distance when we go shopping for essentials and wear PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) to protect ourselves as much as we can. Do you follow the same principles at home?
Since we’re taking preventative measures in public places, it makes sense to have methods in place in your home. Are you cleaning your bathroom, living room, etc. to ensure you protect yourself against the harmful bacteria brought into your home when you are done buying essentials?
Cleaning seems to be a bit different during this pandemic than it was a few months ago. Now we all need to properly sanitise and disinfect surfaces and door handles as these are areas that come in contact with everyone living under the same roof. How do you effectively clean these surfaces?
We help you through this uncertain time to ensure you thoroughly clean your bathroom to protect you and your loved ones during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Tips on How to Clean Your Bathroom During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Clean all Touch Surfaces
Clean commonly touched areas in the bathroom including:
- Toilet handles
- Door handles
- Shower handle or sliding door areas mostly used to open the door
- Faucets or levers for the shower, bath, and sink
- Window handle
- Sink edges
- Bath edge
- Shower curtain
Sick Family Members Should Use Separate Bathrooms Where Possible
If a loved one or roommate is showing Covid-19 symptoms, they need to make use of a separate bathroom.
If you share the same bathroom, ensure you properly wipe down and disinfect areas the sick person came into contact with to reduce the risk of others touching the same surfaces and becoming infected.
Ensure you wear gloves and a face mask when cleaning the area after the sick person and washing your mask and clothes thereafter.
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Use the Right Cleaning Products
When cleaning the bathroom, ensure you make use of strong cleaning agents, like bleach, to properly kill bacteria.
According to the World Health Organization, bleach is an ideal cleaning agent to properly disinfect areas potentially contaminated with Coronavirus.
Keep in Mind
According to Michigan State University:
- Bleach expires a year after production.
- It loses potency after it’s opened if you don’t store it correctly.
- Homemade bleach cleaning solutions should be remade after 24 hours.
Difference Between Sanitising and Disinfecting
There seems to be a lot of confusion on the differences between sanitising an area versus disinfecting it. It’s crucial to know the difference between the two to properly protect you and your loved ones.
A sanitiser reduces the number of germs on a surface while a disinfectant kills germs.
Why is Soap Better than Sanitiser?
According to Business Insider, soap contains amphiphiles, which are similar to the lipids within the Coronavirus’ envelope; that can break apart the layer of fat surrounding the Coronavirus. The amphiphiles compete with the lipids which help deactivate the virus.
“Handwashing with soap employs mechanical action that loosens bacteria and viruses from the skin, rinsing them into the drain,” Elizabeth Scott, a professor at Simmons University with expertise in home and community hygiene told Business Insider.
Should I Use Bar or Liquid Soap?
Although both are equally effective, only use bar soap at home. You never know if people with skin infections have used the bar of soap in public bathrooms.
Do You Need Covid-19 Virus Protection Perspex Screens for Your Business?
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