The Home Maid Cleaning and Safety Guidance

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It is more important then ever to keep your home clean to help prevent the spread of infection through contact surfaces.

Where cleaning is being carried out, we recommend the following precautions are observed 

  • The Cleaner should wash their hands on entering and leaving the property 

  • 2 meters social distancing should be maintained at all times.  Where possible, the client should leave the property (or vacate the room) while the cleaning is being done

  • The cleaner and client should both wear a mask. 

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

  • Please use cash free payment wherever possible

  • If you or your cleaner show symptoms or is a vulnerable person then the cleaner should not work 

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

The most important thing you can do yourself to help prevent the spread of the virus around your home is disinfecting frequently touched items. Here are some tips on how to clean the home clean:

  • Regularly clean appliance handles such as kettle toaster, washing machine, fridge door, oven door microwave

  • Keep surfaces clean especially food prep areas and bathroom surfaces

  • Wash chopping boards thoroughly after each use

  • Clean other commonly touched items such as door knobs, tap handles, light switches , remote controls, toilet handle and seat daily

  • Wash and disinfect your kitchen bin

  • Keep your computer keyboard and mouse clean

  • Food packaging – remove as much outer packaging as possible, for example the cardboard box of a bag of cereal, but for anything which needs to stay in its packet, such as tins, give it a wash with soapy water. 

  • Use disposable cloths or paper towels where possible or wash kitchen cloths and sponges after each use

  • Keep children’s toys clean

  • Use two mop buckets (one for detergent and one for rinsing) and clean after each 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 excellent however soap and water is actually one of the most effective options for cleaning surfaces. Make sure you dry surfaces such as worktops and chopping boards thoroughly after cleaning as dampness helps any remaining germs survive.  

You should clean germ hotspots (eg kitchen sink area, taps, waste bin, light switches, door handles), on a regular basis after use, rather than the customary once-a-week clean.

We hope you find this guide helpful. For further information on keeping your home clean against coronavirus please check the NHS  website.

Stay safe. Best wishes

Joanna