Do not wait till one of your family members gets exposed to start sanitizing your home. It is essential to maintain a virus free environment at home especially during this time of MCO.
Since most of us still require to go outside to work, get groceries and perform other daily tasks.
Keep in mind that every trip risks the household to exposure of COVID-19. Therefore, it is crucial to maintain a sanitary home especially in areas that we touch with our hands such as door handles, carpets and even the walls are all common places that we regularly have skin contact with.
Keys Points on Home Sanitation
What parents need to keep in mind when sanitizing your home:
- Use reusable or disposable gloves when cleaning and/or disinfecting.
- Clean surfaces first with water and soap, then apply a layer of disinfectant.
- Follow manufacturers’ recommendations when cleaning specific items so as to not damage them.
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Allocate a separate bedroom and bathroom for household members that are sick/infected where possible.
- Apply anti-virus paints like Nippon Paint VirusGuard!
As a parent, we’re almost guaranteed to leave the house to purchase groceries and other essentials. It is therefore advisable to have a pair of re-usable/disposable gloves handy especially when using a shopping cart or even going to the ATM. However the best way to protect yourself and your family when returning home is to first wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds and/or use sanitizer gel with at least 60% alcohol content.
Cleaning, the first step is sanitizing your home. So what are the tools and products that parents need to prepare? Just follow these simple steps below:
- Prepare re-usable or disposable gloves to avoid direct contact when cleaning.
- Follow a 2 step cleaning process, by first cleaning the desired surface with soap and water and then applying a thin layer of disinfectant. The first step helps to remove surface level bacteria and overall dirt whereas the second step helps with deep cleansing on the surface by eliminating the remaining bacteria/viruses.
- Practice a regular cleaning routine for frequently touched surfaces. Some examples include desks, door handles, light switches, refrigerator handles, phones, keyboards, toilets, sinks, etc.
Disinfectants ,as earlier introduced as a step in cleaning, have the capability to kill viruses such as: SARs and COVID-19.
However, do practice caution when using and follow instructions on the label to ensure not only your safety but your family’s as well.
Also ensure that the surface remains wet after a few minutes of spraying the disinfectant.
We recommend the following when sanitizing your home:
- Ensure the room that is being disinfected has good ventilation.
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants to protect the skin and use a ‘face shield’ for eye protection from splashes of harmful chemicals.
- Label solutions and store them appropriately.
- Make sure that they are out of reach from children and pets.
- Refrain from direct contact with disinfectants through touching, smelling or ingestion as it may cause serious injury.
- Avoid using disinfectants on pets unless clearly specified that is ok for pet-use.
Family members that have asthma should not be present during the sanitation process as it will affect them negatively and worsen the symptoms of asthma. Similarly, pregnant women should also avoid performing this type of cleaning and not be present as well.
Disinfecting the household with Bleach
Understandably, most mothers often try to be cost savvy and use what is readily available at home. However, bleach should only be used on appropriate surfaces not as an all solution for disinfecting.
Furthermore, mothers should take note to use only bleach that contains 5.25–8.25 percent sodium hypochlorite. If the percentage does not fall within this range or is not specified, usage should be avoided.
The most important thing to remember for parents; never mix household bleach with ammonia or other cleaners. This can cause a very toxic smoke to be produced which could be inhaled.
4 Ways to sanitizing your home
# 1. Clothes, sheets & plushies for children
Clothes, towels, linens and other fabrics that are used by your children should be washed using the hot water and completely dried either by using a dryer or sun-dried.
Also keep in mind that when washing clothes worn out of the house, parents can immediately dump them into their washing machines to keep them separate from other dirty laundry. This helps to keep laundry worn in and out of the house separate.
#2. Other Fabrics
For other fabrics such as mats, carpets and curtains you can clean the surface with soap and water or with a suitable cleaner to use on this surface.
If you have children who are prone to allergies, avoid direct spraying of disinfectant on the carpet where they often lie down or play. Where possible, they should be dried in the sun first.
If you have been previously washing your fabrics in cold water, here’s a tip for you when washing with hot water. If possible dry them in warm temperatures or the dryers. Lastly, vacuum your fabrics after washing for a perfectly soft texture.
#3. Electronic devices
For electronic devices such as tablets, smartphones, keyboards and remote controls you can still use disinfectant as usual. Although when using disinfectants on smartphones it is recommended to have a screen protector to protect the screen. Also do make sure you spray the disinfectants on a cloth and not directly onto your electronic devices. You may also want to look at the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning your electronic devices in case the cleaning process varies from your other electronic devices.
#4. Paint your walls with Nippon Paint VirusGuard for perfect wall sanitation!
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Safety for the whole family with a single step.
Often overlooked, did you know that viruses or bacteria can also live on the walls of your house? So, it is important that you make sure the walls of the house are always safe to touch by repainting the walls of your home, especially the bedroom! As they say prevention is better than the cure. Take time this MCO to ensure your house is virus free and get a fresh look while you are at it.
Nippon Paint VirusGuard is the first anti-virus paint produced and proven to be effective against Human Coronavirus, H1N1 and HFMD (hand, foot and mouth disease).
By using Silver Ion technology which is the world’s oldest antimicrobial agent, it is able to inhibit the spread of micro-organisms such as viruses, bacteria, fungi and fungus. In fact, it is also safe for children and pets.
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