Cleaning your bedroom tips amid the coronavirus
The novel coronavirus has affected the whole world and many of us are thinking about deep cleaning out whole house. For many, self-isolating has become a way of life. As has washing your hands regularly and ensuring you social distance yourself when you are out buying essentials. With the bedroom being the place, we spend most of our time, especially if you’re recovering from the virus, Ely Mattress look at ways to clean your bedroom amid the coronavirus pandemic.
How is the Coronavirus transmitted from individual to individual?
The World Health Organisation have said:
“The virus that causes COVID-19 is mainly transmitted through droplets generated when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or speaks. These droplets are too heavy to hang in the air. They quickly fall on floors or surfaces. You can be infected by breathing in the virus if you are within 1 metre of a person who has COVID-19, or by touching a contaminated surface and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth before washing your hands.”
Here, Ely Mattress bring you a guide to tell you how to disinfect your bedroom amid the covid-19 disease outbreak. From how to clean your linen to making sure frequently touched surfaces are wiped properly, here are some measures you need to take.
Cleaning Advice for the coronavirus in general
A two-step process for getting rid of the germs that cause coronavirus is required: first you need to clean the surface and then you need to use a stronger readily available chemical to kill it.
The Healthy Department Guide says: ‘Organic matter can inactivate many disinfectants. Cleaning reduces the soil load, allowing the disinfectant to work.’
How long the virus survives on a surface depends on how it got there. Simply touching a surface won’t transfer much, but droplets from coughing may.
‘Coronaviruses are unlikely to survive for long once droplets produced by coughing or sneezing dry out,’ the department wrote.
When cleaning, ensure that the bedroom is well ventilated so open up your windows so you are not breathing in chemicals.
The two-step process for coronavirus:
Using a soapy sponge or cloth, start to clean the surface before you begin applying disinfectant to the surface. Allow the disinfectant to sit on the surface for at least 30 seconds before using a dry cloth to wipe it clean.
Wear different gloves for different surfaces when cleaning and wash your hands frequently during the cleaning process so that you do not transfer the virus to other surfaces that are clean. Don’t touch your face at all during the cleaning process and wash your hands for 20 seconds minimum at the end of the cleaning process.
Cleaning your bedroom amid the coronavirus
As you come out from self-isolation after going abroad or after recuperating from coronavirus at home, the last thing you want is to pass it on to others that live in your home. If you’ve been recovering, then majority of your time may have been spent in bed.
Cleaning your home thoroughly with disinfectant will kill the virus from surfaces that you’ve touched. But it’s also vital you disinfect your bedroom with it being the place you may have been in for the longest period.
Health guidelines say it’s also vital to regularly clean surfaces before isolation is over, and it’s a good idea even if you’re not in quarantine.
Washing your bedsheets and bedlinen
Differing to general belief, washing your bed linen at anything higher than 40C is a waste of time if you are using a biological washing powder.
Guidelines state that it’s good to keep the temperature just under 40C and tumble dry on high for 28 minutes minimum. This will kill all detrimental micro-organisms and keep your laundry coronavirus-free.
If possible, you should allocate a set of bedsheets to each family member to stay even more safe.
If a person is ill with the coronavirus, it is important to change be pillowcases daily, but the rest of the bedding can be washed after their symptoms ease and they become better. It’s important not to shake the bedding or the mattress protector and put it directly in the washing machine and on a hot a cycle as the material permits, even if it’s feather-filled bedding.
When the sun is shining, hang your bedsheets outside in direct sunlight because the sun’s UK rays are known to kill germs.
Wash your child’s teddies
Ensure you wash all your children’s soft toys that don’t have batteries in them, to ensure that the germs are washed away, which can be easily spread when children share toys.
Washing toys at 60 degrees Celsius in a washing machine is a good shout and putting hard toys (without batteries) in a dishwasher is also a good idea.
For battery operated hard toys, use the two-step method outlined above.
Cleaning the hard surfaces in your bedroom
If any of your bedroom furniture has a fancy stain finish, be careful and test any disinfectant on a small area first.
There are numerous frequently touched surfaces in your bedroom that you will need to use the two-step method on, including:
- Light switches
- Hard bedframes
- Alarm Clock
- Mobile Phone
- Bedside lamp switches
- Bedside Tables
- Door Handles
- Hard Flooring
- Dressing Table
- All other bedroom furniture
Remember to use fresh water for each surface and keep washing your hands in between each surface. Also, make sure to scrub the sponge that you use each surface with hot water before and after using it for another surface. If possible, use a different sponge for different surfaces and then scrub them all to use again later.
Use alcohol-based disinfectants
Alcohol-based products, which pretty much includes all “disinfectant” products, contain a high-percentage alcohol solution (typically 60-80% ethanol) and kill viruses.
If you are using anti-bacterial wipes, then choose some that promise to kill 99.9 percent of germs.
Dettol and Savlon work as great disinfected as well for cleaning purposes.
Vacuum your floor
Germs can fester on flooring and more so if you have carpet laid in your bedroom. Use a vacuum cleaner model that is certified to remove allergens if at all possible.
Since you’ll be using your vacuum cleaner to suck up the dirt, you must make sure you empty it frequently and wash the compartment if you are able to do so outlined in your manual or product guidebook.
If you have a hard floor in your bedroom, use a disinfectant spray and floor cleaner or use a probiotic cleaner to ensure the surface is sparkling clean. Then put the mop head in the washing machine once you have finished using it.
Clean your mattress
For areas like your mattress that can’t be wiped down, you can use a disinfectant spray, like Lysol, to go after unseen germs. Use the spray in a sweeping motion to cover the entire surface, then let it completely dry before using the mattress or laying on the laundered sheets.
We wrote a blog about how often and how to clean your mattress previously.
Clean your windowsills and dressings
Wash your drapes and curtains and wipe down blinds or shutters using disinfectant. Also ensure you clean all the bedroom windowsills and ledges properly with soapy water and then a disinfectant.
Clean your personal belongings that you use in the bedroom
After the illness has passed, wash all of the person’s clothing and personal belongings. This includes their mobile phone, tablet, e-books, glasses, and if it’s a child then include their toys, dummy and bottles on a hot a wash if they’ll stand it.
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