Although many diseases once considered as ‘incurable’ can be cured now, still we are faced with deadly viruses and diseases for which ‘prevention is the only cure’.
In 2020, we are faced with highly infectious and life-threatening COVID-19 aka Corona Virus. It belongs to a family of SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) diseases for which there is no cure so far. We can only take some precautionary measures to protect ourselves and stay safe. One of the most important steps we can take is practicing personal hygiene and keeping our homes, offices tidy and clean.
Keeping Homes and Offices Clean:
In today’s world, it is very likely that we will be exposed to all sorts of viruses or germs, be it at home, office, restaurant or any other public place. So, how do we protect ourselves and our families? The simple solution is – Cleaning and disinfecting our homes and offices. These basic things go a long way in keeping our properties safe and virus-free.
Thorough cleaning reduces the risk of virus infection by removing germs, dirt and impurities from the surfaces. Cleaning is followed by disinfecting, using chemicals to kill germs on the surfaces. Unclean and dirty surfaces cause excessive dust and germs to accumulate, which could cause allergies of one type or another especially in young children and older people.
The spread of COVID-19, Coronavirus has badly affected the world around us and has urgently stressed the need for a proper, thorough and regular cleaning of our homes and offices. Cleaning and disinfecting high –touch surfaces regularly are very important to lower the risk of infection. Frequently touched objects and surfaces like door handles and knobs, light switches, kitchen appliances, sink, toilets, personal gadgets like phones, tablets, keyboards, remote controllers and children’s toys should be cleaned, keeping in mind the cleaning instructions for that product or surface. Always wear gloves (disposable or reusable) while cleaning and disinfecting your home. Washing hands thoroughly is a must and cannot be emphasised enough!
In offices, where hundreds or thousands of people are working- cleaning and maintaining a hygienic work environment is very crucial. A tidy and clean office environment not only protects employees from germs and viruses, but also boosts productivity.
To be on a safe side, employers can also limit the surfaces employees need to touch with their hands. For instance, motion lights and motion sensors can be installed in office premises. Unnecessary door closure can be avoided.
Practicing Personal Hygiene:
Whether you are at home or office, personal hygiene should be strictly followed. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow or tissue when coughing or sneezing. Wash hands frequently with soap and water. Hand sanitiser is a must when you go out. Remembering and following these simple steps will really help in protecting you and loved ones from viruses.
The Kitchen and toilets are two areas in your home where you have to be extra careful. These are potential places for germs to grow if not cleaned properly. You should clean these germ hotspots on a regular basis after use. Do not allow dampness to build in your home as it helps any remaining germs to survive and multiply.
Invest in a Professional Cleaning Service:
Carpet is a luxurious flooring option that adds warmth and comfort to our homes and offices. No matter how hard you try to keep them clean, they will eventually get dirty. Carpets attract and hide some of the worst allergens, bacteria, germs and dust particles. Dirty carpets can adversely affect your family’s health. Carpet cleaning on a regular basis is important to remove stains, dirt, allergens and germs. Since carpet cleaning is not as easy as it seems, you can entrust the job to a reliable cleaning firm.
Cleaning your home or office can be a daunting and exhaustive task. Also, you need to invest a lot of time and energy which may not be always possible. In such situations, you can always count on a professional cleaning company to do the job.
Last but Not Least:
If COVID-19 has taught us anything, it is the importance of keeping ourselves and our homes clean and disinfected. We may not have a vaccine ready for each and every type of virus, but cleanliness is our best line of defence against them. Maintaining a clean environment leads to a healthy mind and body which is the basis for a healthy, peaceful and joyful life.