The Home Maid Cleaning and Safety Guidance

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Scottish government guidance is that tradespeople and workers can continue to work in people's homes - "Work carried out in people’s homes can continue, as long as physical distancing guidance is followed and provided the tradesperson is well and is not showing coronavirus symptoms and neither they nor any of their household are self isolating.

It is more important then ever to keep your home clean and help prevent the spread of infection through contact surfaces. Where cleaning work is being done, please observe the following precautions to ensure the safety of Clients and Cleaners.

  • The Cleaner should wash their hands on entering and leaving the client’s home

  • Social distancing should be maintained at all times. If the client has to be at home then if possible, they should vacate the room while the cleaning is being done. 

  • Most of our Cleaners have told us they are happy to wear a face mask. Face masks can be provided by the client however most Cleaners do have their own.  

  • Please use cash free payment where possible

  • Please ensure good ventilation in the area where the Cleaner is working, including opening the window

  • If the Client or Cleaner, or anyone in your household, has symptoms or if you are a vulnerable person or isolating – cleaning must not go ahead. 

On top of your regular cleaning routine we also recommend the following:

  • Special attention should be paid to 'high-touch' areas, such as door, cupboard handles, appliance handles, light switches, TV remotes, tables and countertops

  • Surfaces should be cleaned using regular products, then disinfected using a good antibacterial spray

  • Warm water should be used when cleaning surfaces and mopping floors, to maximise the effectiveness of cleaning products

  • Use two mop buckets (one for detergent and one for rinsing) and clean after each use

  • Cleaning cloths and mop covers should be washed at a high temperature (60C+) after every use

  • Don’t forget to clean the outside of cleaning product bottles as they are items that we frequently touch and could transfer coronavirus on to. The simplest way to clean them is by washing them in warm soapy water.

What do you need to clean?

Disinfectant and antibacterial products are recommended however soap and water are actually one of the most effective options for cleaning surfaces. Also make sure you dry surfaces such as worktops and chopping boards thoroughly after cleaning as dampness helps any remaining germs to survive.  

We hope this guide is helpful. For further information on keeping your home clean against conronavirus please check this NHS website.

Thank you. Stay safe!

Best wishes

Joanna