Out of sight, out of mind? Not exactly. This year, cleaning practices are increasingly focused on removing invisible bacteria and germs to reduce the spread of infection and provide peace of mind. But how can you be sure that your cleaning practices are efficient and keeping people safe?
We spoke to Terri Goldstein, Medical and Health Specialist at Winc and member of the ACIPC (Australasian College of Infection Prevention and Control), to give advice on how to ensure your surface is really clean.
To reduce the risk of water damage to electronic devices, Terri suggests using an alcohol-based disinfectant as it evaporates quickly. “Pair the disinfectant with a microfibre cloth when wiping down devices. It’s a much better option than regular cloths or paper towel, which are often too abrasive for electronic screens,” says Terri.
Soft and porous surfaces
There are several surfaces, including soft and porous surfaces, that cannot be completely rid of germs. “To help keep pillows, material seating and other soft surfaces hygienic, make use of antibacterial sprays,” says Terri.
Areas where food is prepared and consumed are some of the most common places for germs to linger. “It’s important to look for those surfaces with high touch points, ones we sometimes forget about, and ensure they are properly sanitised. This could include fridge doors, power switches, cupboard shelves, drawer handles and bin lids. If you have communal appliances such as microwaves, toasters and kettles, pay close attention to these,” says Terri.
1. Avoid germ-spreading
Avoid cleaning methods that could disperse bacteria and viruses or create droplets such as pressurised water, pressurised air, dry cloths and dusters.1
2. Let it sit
A common mistake is spraying and wiping the surface too quickly before the product has time to kill germs. Always read the instructions and labels on the product to understand how long they should be left on the surface to be effective.
3. Follow cleaning with disinfecting
Learn the difference between cleaning and disinfecting. Terri tells us, “many illnesses caused by bacteria, and viruses are often transmitted via airborne droplets that can stay viable on surfaces for extended periods. Disinfect surfaces with a disinfectant spray to effectively kill germs.”
4. Finish the job right
Always finish the job right by ensuring you leave a clean and dry surface that’s free from moisture or dry waste and ensure you haven’t left a build-up of cleaning products behind.2
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1Safe Work Australia, 2020, ‘Retail, supermarkets and shopping centres > Cleaning’, <https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/covid-19-information-workplaces/industry-information/retail-supermarkets-and-shopping-centres-1#heading–8–tab-toc-does_every_surface_need_to_be_cleaned>
2Workplace Health and Safety Electrical Safety Office Workers’ Compensation Regulator, 2018, ‘Cleaning’, <https://www.worksafe.qld.gov.au/injury-prevention-safety/workplace-hazards/slips-trips-and-falls/cleaning>