Battling to keep the flu virus at bay can seem super challenging, especially if you already have a sick family member at home. If a flu sufferer sneezes, coughs, talks or even touches any surface, their flu microbes are spread all around them.
However, you shouldn’t feel totally powerless to prevent the spread of the flu virus, as if you wash your hands regularly and keep surfaces around you clean; this should help to prevent cross-contamination. Plan yourself a regular cleaning schedule during the flu season or enlist the help of a domestic cleaner to lighten the load.
Door Handles, Light Switches and Banisters
Flu microbes can live in all types of conditions including; hard non-porous surfaces like door handles and banisters. Wipe these areas down daily with a cloth dipped in disinfectant liquid or with disinfectant wipes. A steam cleaner can also be used to run over these areas and kill any flu virus microbes.
Food Preparation Areas
Wiping down your kitchen surfaces after every meal is essential to prevent the spread of germs. If you have a domestic cleaner, ask them to do a deep clean of all the food preparation areas each week. Try to keep the sick family member out of the kitchen and away from areas where food is made.
Crockery and Cutlery
If you have a family member with the flu, be sure to designate them a set of crockery and cutlery just for themselves. Aim to boil or steam clean their dishes at the end of each day. If you have a dishwasher, run it on the highest temperatures and add in a quality disinfectant liquid.
Bed Linens and Towels
Hand towels and body towels should be changed daily, especially if you have a sick person in the house. Damp fabric is the perfect environment for bacteria and microbes to multiply. Launder bed linen and towels at the highest temperature that your washing machine will go to.
Carpet and Upholstery
Dust, dirt, germs and pathogens will live in your carpet fibres and it’s advised to vacuum at least 2-3 times a week. Some germs will live deeper in the carpet fibres and will need professional carpet cleaners to help eradicate these. Aim to get your carpet professionally steam cleaned every 6 months and even more regularly in the flu season.
Talk to the friendly domestic cleaning team at Perth Home Cleaners, if you need help keeping your home clean during the flu season. They can help you with all your home cleaning needs including; upholstery cleaning, tile and grout cleaning, carpet cleaning and general spring cleaning.