According to a senior microbiologist, vacuuming both sides of your mattress, washing bed linen at 60 degrees Celsius, and dusting the walls with a damp cloth once a week will keep your home air fresh and clean in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.
Gem McLuckie is an advanced research scientist at Dyson, the iconic technology company that manufactures home appliances like vacuum cleaners, hand dryers, hair dryers and air purifiers.
Ms. McLuckie created a weekly household cleaning plan that specifically improves air purity by reducing dust, fungus and dead skin particles known to trigger and exacerbate many respiratory conditions.
COVID-19 is part of a large family of coronaviruses that cause respiratory infections, and since we are spending more time at home than ever, it is important to improve your cleaning regimen to reduce your chances of getting it. nasty insect.
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Experts say vacuuming both sides of your mattress to remove dust, allergens and dead skin flakes will keep your home air fresh and clean in the midst of the pandemic (stock image)
Bed linen must be removed and machine washed at 60 ° C on Monday to remove dust, allergens and any other germ that has accumulated during the previous week.
Sydney virologist Sacha Stelzer-Braid previously told Daily Mail Australia that machine washing or drying at temperatures above 56 ° C killed all traces of COVID-19 on clothing, pillows and Doonas.
56 degrees Celsius is the temperature at which the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) specifically breaks down, according to a recent study from the US National Library of Medicine.
Dr. Stelzer-Braid, who studies the transmission of infectious diseases at the University of New South Wales, said that regular cleaning of the laundry would lead to the disintegration and death of the virus, which means it is unlikely that you catch coronavirus from soft tissue if you just wash the loads normally.
While the laundry is being washed, both sides of the mattress should be vacuumed to remove dust mites, fungi and dead skin particles which can worsen respiratory conditions like asthma and cause infections like bronchitis when inhaled night after night.
A cleaning plan approved by Dyson
Microbiologist Dyson Gem McLuckie Created Weekly Cleaning Plan
· Wash bedding at 60 ° C or 90 ° C to help break down and reduce allergens.
Wash or replace quilts and pillows to reduce the amount of mites and skin flakes in your bed.
· Vacuum both sides of your mattress to remove dust mites and skin flakes.
· Remove dust from the tops of kitchen cabinets, using either a vacuum cleaner with an advanced filtration system, or by dusting with a clean damp cloth or cleaning wipes.
· Clean counters and kitchen cabinets for thorough cleaning. Vacuum to remove dust and debris, then wash with warm water and detergent. Followed by drying all surfaces.
· Empty the fridge and freezer and clean all surfaces with lukewarm water and a detergent or cleaning agent. Vacuum the back and under the fridge and freezer, not to mention the cooler item in the back as this will improve performance.
Vacuum places that are not regularly vacuumed, such as under furniture.
· Vacuum your couch and chairs, which can contain large debris as well as mites, skin flakes, and other allergens such as pollen. Wash all covers and cushions to reduce the level of dust inside.
· Lots of dust can collect in curtains and blinds. Be sure to vacuum them with a soft brush or wash them if possible and convenient.
· Remove dust from walls by dusting with a damp cloth, cleaning wipes or using a vacuum cleaner with advanced filtration. Dust on certain types of walls can contribute to the growth of mold.
· Dust lamps and light fixtures. Dust can collect in lampshades and fixtures which can burn on hot light bulbs producing VOCs and odors, and be moved around the room by the production of hot air around the light bulbs.
· Dust behind radiators – a hidden place often forgotten during normal cleaning. Significant dust collects behind the radiator and can be distributed in the room by the air flow produced by the hot air from the radiator.
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Countertops and kitchen cabinets must be dusted and thoroughly cleaned on Tuesday to remove any viruses or bacteria that have been transferred from food, packaging or air.
What does a microbiologist do?
Microbiologists are scientists who study the microscopic organisms that cause infections, including viruses, bacteria, fungi, and algae.
The tops of the cupboards and the inside of the presses should be vacuumed to remove debris and then wiped with soap and warm water.
Surfaces should be thoroughly dried to prevent mold from growing. Mold can grow on any material in the presence of moisture.
Refrigerators and freezers should be emptied and thoroughly cleaned with soap and lukewarm water or cleaning spray, taking care to focus on common “touch points” such as door handles and the vegetable drawer. plastic at the bottom of the refrigerator.
COVID-19 has been shown to survive on hard surfaces such as glass, plastic and stainless steel for up to 72 hours. Hard and shiny materials are not porous, which means that water, air and steam cannot pass through, but rather rest and collect on the surface.
How soap destroys SARS-CoV-2
Most viruses are made up of three key building blocks: ribonucleic acid (RNA), proteins and lipids.
The fatty substances in soap “loosen” the connections between these three building blocks, break them and “kill” the virus – or make it inactive.
Just washing with water is not strong enough to loosen the connections, which is why soap is such a useful protector.
Hard-to-reach spaces under couches and behind refrigerators, where large volumes of germs and debris accumulate, should be vacuumed on Wednesdays.
It is also recommended that you vacuum your chairs and sofas to remove dust mites and dead skin cells that may have become lodged in the padding.
Upholstery such as cushion covers and throws should be washed above 56 degrees Celsius to kill all traces of viruses and bacteria.
World Economic Forum researchers have found that coronavirus can live for up to 24 hours on soft, porous tissue.
Hard-to-reach spaces under couches and behind refrigerators where large volumes of germs and debris accumulate must be vacuumed once a week (stock image)
Curtains and blinds should be brushed or vacuumed on Thursdays to remove airborne dust and germs that have settled there.
Walls should be dusted with a damp cloth or antibacterial cleaning wipes to remove particles that promote the growth of mold which, as we have seen before, causes and exacerbates respiratory infections.
Walls can also be vacuumed with any device with an advanced filtration system, such as the new Dyson V11 Outsize.
The vacuum cleaner has a built-in digital motor that drives rigid, nylon bristles deep into the carpet to remove rooted dirt and carbon fiber filaments that capture and collect the fine dust that other machines lack on hard surfaces like wooden walls and floors.
Walls should be dusted with a damp cloth or antibacterial cleaning wipes to remove dust particles that promote mold growth, which causes and exacerbates respiratory infections (stock image)
Lights, lampshades and radiators should be carefully dusted on Fridays to improve the purity of the air in the home.
Large amounts of dust that collects behind the radiators and above the fixtures are carried around the house by the hot air generated by electricity.
The back of televisions, which are often missed during standard cleaning, should also be cleaned and dusted.
HOW LONG CAN COVID-19 SURVIVE SURFACES?
In the air: Infectious disease researchers have found that COVID-19 remains infectious in contaminated airborne respiratory droplets for at least three hours, but they have not determined whether humans produce enough of the disease in a single cough or sneeze for infect another person.
On soft and porous surfaces: COVID-19 can survive on porous surfaces such as cardboard, paper, clothing and upholstery such as pillows and Doonas for up to 24 hours. Porous surfaces allow air and water to pass through, making them much less likely to contain infectious volumes of the virus compared to non-porous objects such as door handles, faucets, and phone covers.
On hard and shiny surfaces: COVID-19 has been shown to remain active on hard surfaces such as glass, plastic and stainless steel for up to 72 hours. Hard, shiny materials are not porous, which means that water, air, and vapor cannot pass through and rest and accumulate instead.
World Economic Forum researchers have confirmed that the virus will degrade over time, which reduces the likelihood of infection if longer contaminated droplets land on a surface, but you should still avoid touching the handles, buttons and other objects in public spaces. If this is unavoidable, you should avoid touching your face until you have thoroughly washed your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
Frequently touched household surfaces such as faucets, door handles, computer keyboards and toilets should be cleaned with bleach or alcohol solutions containing at least 70% alcohol.
On the hair: There is no evidence to suggest that the coronavirus can be carried in strands of beard or facial hair.