Besides washing one’s hands frequently, it makes a lot of sense to keep your home as clean as possible to keep illness at bay for everyone, even if your residence hasn’t been exposed to the 2019 novel coronavirus or Covid-19.
The National Environment Agency has provided guidelines on how to clean your living area.
Here is your guide to keeping your home germ-free:
1. Prepare your cleaning tools
Wear a surgical mask, disposable gloves and a bleach solution or an appropriate disinfectant that’s effective against coronavirus.
Open the windows to ventilate the room, and remember to avoid touching your face and eyes.
2. Clean surfaces
Prepare the disinfectant or bleach solution, then mop the floor of your residence from one end to another.
Soak disposable cloths or rags with the prepared disinfectant or bleach solution and wipe all frequently touched areas (handles, doorknobs, armrests, tables, keyboards, mouse, switches, windows and so on). Clean toilets and wipe toilet surfaces with disinfectant or bleach.
Do not use a spray to apply disinfectant as it may create splashes which can further spread the virus.
Mop the floor of your home from one end to another, but avoid going from uncleaned areas to cleaned areas, so as not to soil the area that has already been cleaned.
3. Wash fabrics
Use a washing machine and detergent to wash fabrics like bedsheets, pillow covers and blankets.
4. Finish up
Repeat mopping the floor of your home from one end to another, but avoid going from uncleaned areas to cleaned areas, so as not to soil the area that has already been cleaned.
With your gloves and mask on, throw all used cloths, as well as other waste, into a double-lined plastic trash bag.
Remove gloves and surgical mask, then wash your hands with soap and water. Separate clean-up waste from other household waste.
5. Practise personal hygiene
Shower and change your clothes, then air and ventilate your home.
Remember to avoid sharing household items such as dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, bedding. Wash used items thoroughly with soap and water.
As the virus can survive on surfaces of different materials for at least two to three days, sanitise potentially contaminated surfaces thoroughly. Do also avoid hosting visitors in your home until your residence is sanitised if it has been exposed to Covid-19.
Story adapted from Gov.sg
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