It is important to put these hygienic tips into practice on a daily basis.
The recent (and future) weeks will most likely be remembered as the most home-orientated in history. The hashtag #ficaemcasa, (meaning stay at home) portrays a simple but very clear message which has been circulating on the Internet during the coronavirus crisis and is now part of the lives of millions of people around the world as a way to combat the spread of the deadly virus. Now, and more than ever, it will be fundamental to make your house a safe and hygienic place, able to house you and your family in the best possible way until the state of alert and emergency times are over. The professional online portal Prontopro.es has shared three key tips for cleaning and disinfecting spaces at home.
The company asked its home and industrial cleaning experts to present a list of tips to help clean family homes by removing any germs and bacteria. This process is known as "sanitising," which means applying two steps simultaneously: cleaning and disinfecting any surface. Let's see how it is done:
Choosing the right products
It is possible to use disposable products such as paper, as well as steam emitting equipment at home, since the thermal shock allows the total elimination of germs. However, experts state that chemical based products are also suitable for disinfecting your home. Choosing the right detergent depends on the type of dirt you are faced with: to get rid of limescale, for example, it is necessary to use products with a hydrochloric acid base; for grease, it is best to use a product such as bleach or some other sort of de-greasing spray. Avoid mixing these two types of products as there is a poisoning risk.
In addition to these conventional methods, almost everyone's granny has a homemade product for cleaning and these are always useful options and have a low environmental impact. These recipes usually include the use of substances such as vinegar, citric acid or bicarbonate of soda for getting rid of dirt. You can also use boiling water above 70°C to make sure all germs are eliminated.
To complete this process of sanitising surfaces, it is also a good idea to use a disinfectant such as alcohol (with a volume of at least 75%) and leave it to act on surfaces for at least one minute. Finally, wipe surfaces down thoroughly with water to avoid the risk of chemical contamination.
In the case of removable and washable fabrics and textiles at home, expert advice states wahing them in the washing machine at a temperature of at least 70°C. This will ensure the elimination of all germs and bacteria. If washing everything at such high temperatures is not an option, then the addition of products to normal detergent can be considered, such as bleach.
For fabrics and upholstery that cannot be machine washed, the use of steam and vacuum cleaners equipped with HEPA filters is the best alternative. This is especially effective if the cleaners have a collection compartment that can filter out even the smallest bacteria particles.
It is advisable to carry out these practices on a daily basis. The latest advice is to follow the main advice suggested by the WHO (World Health Organisation): use ethanol (alcohol) with a concentration of at least a 75% or chlorine products (such as common bleach) if you want to achieve a deep clean at home.