The COVID-19 epidemic is once again threatening Sydney and its population. Sydney, along with other nearby regions have been subjected to another lockdown. It can be a frustrating situation for everyone, albeit, a necessary course of action. In addition, we still have to do our part in keeping our homes and loved ones safe from getting exposed to the virus.
A good way to keep yourself active and at the same time keeping your home clean and safe during the state of lockdown is by including and starting home cleaning in your activities. Don’t worry, you don’t have to overexert yourself. Think of it as a daily cardio exercise. The tasks are simple yet effective to maintain a clean and organised house.
Here are 10 ways to maintain a clean house during Sydney’s lockdown.
Schedule Frequent Regular House Cleaning
Having a regular house cleaning schedule has tremendous benefits. You can start by setting house cleaning activities per day. This is an efficient way to allot and save time doing your dailies.
You don’t need to clean the whole house in one day. You can work on 1-2 rooms on one day; then spread out the week doing the other areas of the house. Focus on the most used areas next like the kitchen, the bathrooms, and the living room.
However, if you want a total deep cleaning of your home, you can just hire a cleaning company to do the tasks for you.
Always Keep Your Body Clean Before Cleaning Your Home
Well, this is a no-brainer. We have to always maintain the cleanliness of our bodies, especially our hands before touching anything. Right before starting your home cleaning, make sure to wash your hands and apply alcohol or disinfectant right after.
Practise Preventive Hygienic Measures in Your Home
Practising good hygiene is extremely beneficial during this lockdown. You can keep your home free of harmful viruses, bacteria, and other microorganisms. Good hygiene is also very helpful in preventing the spread of disease-causing agents.
Wash your hands as often as you can. When people come into your home after doing any outdoor activity, see to it that proper hygienic measures are made before touching anything. This is also applicable when cleaning your home.
When cleaning your home, wash your hands before and after a task. We still advise that you use protective equipment like gloves and mask to keep yourself protected. We’re not just talking about the COVID-19 virus here. There are tons of harmful microorganisms, allergens, and chemicals you can inhale or come in contact with while cleaning.
Store Cleaning Supplies in Every Part of the House
A smart way of preventing the spread of viruses and bacteria during your home cleaning is by preparing a set of cleaning supplies for every area of your house. You can put the cleaning supplies in a basket that will only be used in their corresponding area.
Another advantage is you’ll have the cleaning supplies close to you whenever you are scheduled to clean a specific area.
An example of this is you’ll not be using the cleaning supplies that you’ve set for the kitchen when cleaning the bathrooms. This may be a bit of a stretch but it’s not a bad idea.
Clear the Clutter
Clearing the clutter should always be one of the first tasks to prioritise. You can’t thoroughly clean all nooks and corners if there are things that are in your way. As you pick up or move these items, you can start considering if you want to donate, keep, or throw them away.
Remember that too much clutter in the house can be a health hazard. These items are ideal for pest infestations and dirt accumulation. The chances of acquiring diseases and allergens from the clutter will be higher as you’ll be spending a lot of time at home during the lockdown.
Spray Tubs, Shower, and Toilet After Every Use
Moist and wet surfaces are the most common areas where microorganisms love to thrive. The toilet, shower, spray tubs, washing sink, among others should be cleaned with a mixture of detergent soap and baking soda every time you use them.
When cleaning these surfaces, make sure to remove the scum and dirt. You can end the task by wiping the surfaces with a dry cloth to maintain cleanliness. Once a month, schedule a thorough cleaning of these areas which includes scrubbing and applying baking soda, Clorox, and All-purpose cleaner.
Disinfect Tables and Countertops
The tables and countertops are also critical areas that need to be cleaned all the time. These surfaces are in contact with the food you eat all the time. The risk of contamination is high in these areas, thus the need to prioritise their cleaning.
The best method to clean your tables and countertops is to wipe them with a damp, non-abrasive cloth sprayed with a household cleaner. You can follow this up by cleaning thoroughly using clean water. End the task by wiping the surfaces with a clean, dry cloth.
Sweep and Mop
Sweeping and mopping the floor will always be part of your home cleaning routines. Your floor will always demand attention. You would always want the floor to be spotless. The floor then should be among your top priorities when doing home cleaning.
Here’s the general rule: The floors that are in high-traffic areas like the kitchen, entryways, hallways, dining area, and bathroom should be cleaned frequently. Sweeping should be done once a day. Mopping should be scheduled twice or thrice a week.
When mopping, you can use a solution composed of mopping detergent mixed with an all-around cleaner. Use a sponge mop for smooth floors while a string mop can be used on any type of floor.
Use the Vacuum for Dust Removal
The vacuum cleaner is an amazing cleaning tool. Don’t underestimate this piece of equipment if ever you have one. Use the vacuum regularly to remove dust and other particulates from carpets, the corners of the room, and the floor.
Before you start vacuuming, make sure to sweep the floor first and pick up the small objects to prevent them from getting stuck. A great technique when using the vacuum is repeatedly run the vacuum on the same spot before moving to the next one.
Just don’t forget to empty the canister every time it’s nearly full. We recommend emptying the bag whenever it is 75% full.
Practise Social Distancing
Home cleaning may be fun when done with your family or housemates. It will make the job easier and a great idea for socialisation. But be prudent enough to understand that we are still living in a world plagued by the pandemic.
Don’t forget to always practise social distancing and performing regular handwashing when there are other people around. Let’s always remember the safe health practices while we’re under lockdown.