Family hygiene in your living areas
Floors and furniture might be a low risk spot for the spread of germs, but they are prime landing spots for dust and allergens that can cause misery amongst sensitive family members. Debris from dust mites, pollen, mold spores, and pet dander – all of these are a nasty threat to your family hygiene, happiness and wellbeing.
Cleaning to reduce dust, germs and allergens and help maintain family hygiene
The following general cleaning guidelines can help you to keep a clean and healthy home and reduce allergens on these surfaces.
- Vacuum carpets and soft furnishings regularly to pick up dust, dust mite debris, and other debris. The general rule of thumb is to not wait until floors or carpets are visibly dirty to clean them. The more often you clean them, the easier the chore will be. Thoroughly dry all soft furnishings and carpets if they become wet as a result of an accident or steam cleaning to prevent the growth of mold.
- Clean hard surface flooring with an appropriate cleaner and water to remove dust, dirt, and visible mold growth. If you use a mop and bucket, disinfect them after each use and store them dry. It’s also important to position the mop head upwards so it doesn’t gather dust from the floor and any dripping can be steered away from the mop head.
- Damp-dust hard surface furniture to minimise dust and dirt and to prevent dust mite debris and other allergens from becoming airborne
- Remove surface clutter to make cleaning more accessible. Place hard-to-clean items in closets, drawers, or display cabinets with glass doors.
- Clean and disinfect tiled walls and other hard surfaces where moisture is likely to collect, in order to prevent the growth of moulds and fungi
- Do not use bleach products on carpets, wooden surfaces, or in confined unventilated spaces
- Disinfect floors, furniture, and other surfaces (like walls) only where there has been a spill of body fluids such as vomit or feces. Use disposable paper towels to remove spills of body fluids, then clean and disinfect the surface.
- Clean and disinfect commonly touched objects and surfaces like television remote controls, light switches and telephones, especially if someone is sick.
- Always remember to wash your hands after cleaning
Always read the label and use only as directed.