During these unprecedented times, the home has been used more than ever during the Coronavirus pandemic due to everyone staying at home, working and studying, so the kitchen will need to be cleaned at least a couple of times a day.
There have been a number of studies that have shown that the virus can survive for up to three days on a hard surface, so it is most important to make sure the kitchen and home are cleaned regularly each day to stop the spread of COVID-19.
To protect yourself and others, listen to the government’s advice – washing your hands for 20 seconds regularly, avoid touching your face, avoid contact with sick individuals and sanitize your home every day.
Areas to clean…
- Kitchen worksurfaces
- Fronts of appliances
- Dining table
- Handles on all cupboards/drawers, fridge/freezer, doors
- Chopping boards
- Coffee machine
- Light switches
- Remote controllers
- Bar stools and dining chairs
You need to clean before sanitising…
Clean the area/surface with a soapy sponge and/or a cloth first as this removes the dirt and organisms that cling to it. It is important to thoroughly clean before disinfecting the area.
The membrane found on the virus COVID-19 can easily be disrupted by soap and water and many disinfectants!
Disinfecting the area…
Disinfecting the area after cleaning with soap and water is a must. Follow the direction on the bottle on how to use them correctly. The surface will need to be left wet for at least 30 seconds before rinsing or wiping clean. This allows enough time to kill the virus.
Bleach is a great product to use if your surfaces can handle it, just make sure your room has adequate ventilation. Surfaces such as engineered quartz can tolerate diluted bleach solutions, but a laminate or older worktops that have a sealant may become damaged. Always check the expiry on the bleach bottle too.
There has been lots of research into what products will work throughout this pandemic and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, says that diluted bleach, hydrogen peroxide or 70% isopropyl alcohol can effectively kill Coronavirus.
Make your own bleach solution by mixing 3tsps of bleach per quarter of water. But make sure to leave it on for at least 30 seconds to 1 minute before drying it off.
You will need to make sure the kitchen sponges are cleaned regularly as they are known to be teeming with germs. Place them in the dishwasher, washing machine or give them a good scrub yourself with hot soapy water. Microfibre cloths are another great cleaning material to use.
Wear gloves where you can and make sure you wash your hands thoroughly if you don’t.
Keeping your food safe…
- Consider disinfecting nonporous containers as there could be a chance it was handled by someone else. Use disinfectant wipes or solution to clean cans, bottles and jars.
- Transfer different foods to containers – whole grains, dried beans, pasta and cereal.
- If you don’t have time to disinfect containers and packages leave them in a designated corner
- Rinse your produce
- Wash your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds and dry your hands on a clean towel before and after eating food.
We are working from home and are available to answer any questions you may have on our kitchens. Contact us today – we look forward to hearing from you.