COVID-19 has fundamentally changed all our daily routines. Video conferencing friends and family, furloughing, and, of course, social distancing and washing our hands have become the new norm. The good news is that these measures are working to control the spread of the disease.
It now appears that lockdown is relaxing, and there’s talk of things moving into a different phase – a ‘new normal’.
However, this is a time to remain vigilant. This means that everyone should continue to take extra precautions to keep their homes clean and sanitary to avoid contracting the coronavirus. So, how can you do your part at home and keep your kitchen clean and sanitary? Read our top tips to continue to keep yourself, and those you care about, safe.
Clean the Kitchen in Two Parts
For that pristine clean, experts recommend that you clean the kitchen in two parts. Start with the areas that you touch the most. You’ll need to clean the countertops, dinner table, refrigerator, oven, and microwave with branded cleaning products that contain bleach.
Branded cleaning products with bleach will kill germs. Branded cleaning products that don’t contain bleach won’t kill all germs, but they will remove sticky spots and stains which can be a breeding ground for germs. Soap and water will also kill germs, so what you use to clean your kitchen is up to you.
Don’t neglect any stainless steel or porous surfaces. Why? Coronavirus can live on these surfaces for 24-72 hours, seeping into holes and cracks. Always clean your hands before and after cleaning the kitchen or wear disposable gloves.
Those Seldom Thought About Surfaces
The easiest way to describe how COVID-19 spreads is to imagine a bottle or water with a spray nozzle. When you press the lever, you release a mist into the air. Tiny droplets of water spread out, landing within a radius of the nozzle. Whenever someone sneezes or coughs, tiny droplets of saliva and mucus are released into the air and eventually land on surfaces. These droplets could hold COVID-19.
To protect your kitchen, it’s important that you clean, disinfect, and sanitise areas where the coronavirus could be. This includes door handles and the oven, refrigerator, and microwave door handle. COVID-19 droplets might be found on table chairs, the taps or even on a kettle. Have a look around your kitchen and think where could droplets land? Then clean the area.
Wash Your Hands Before and After Cleaning
If you’re not wearing gloves, make sure to wash your hands with soap and water before you clean the kitchen. Think about it, if you have COVID-19 droplets on your hands, when you clean the kitchen, you’re potentially spreading droplets across every single surface!
This is especially important to remember when cleaning porous surfaces. Wood and stone have tiny, little holes or cracks which provide the best hiding spot for microbes. Stainless steel and quartz are smooth surfaces, but granite too is a crystalline structure and will have tiny holes that the coronavirus can settle in.
Is it unreasonable to think that COVID-19 droplets could find their way into these natural fissures? It’s unlikely, especially if you’re vigilant with your cleaning, but not impossible. It’s better to err on the side of caution until we’ve beaten the virus!
Once you’ve cleaned the kitchen thoroughly, always remember to wash your hands. Skin is also porous and will absorb droplets. Keeping your hands clean is the best way to protect yourself from coronavirus.
One undeniable effect of the coronavirus is the number of people booking online food deliveries or ‘click and collect’ pick ups. However, with this comes another concern. How can you be sure that they food delivered to your door is sanitary?
Well, according to up-to-date guidance on food safety, the likelihood of catching the coronavirus from food is very slim. COVID-19 is a respiratory illness. It is not transmitted through food packaging.
Leading academics, including Professor Stephen Baker from the Department of Medicine at the University of Cambridge has said that whilst it’s possible for the virus to survive on food as it would do on other surfaces, it quickly dies off. So, by the time you come to consume any food products you’ve bought, COVID-19 would have long since have died.
Additionally, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has said that cooking food at the right temperature for the correct length of time does kill of ALL germs. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has confirmed that the chances of contracting COVID-19 from food packaging are low, even if it has been moved from different locations and experienced changing temperatures and conditions.
However, it should be noted that people have not been actively discouraged from wiping food packaging with antibacterial wipes or disinfectant spray before storing them in the refrigerator. If you feel comfortable doing this and are careful not to get any bleach on your food, there’s no reason why you need to stop.
So, there you have it, comprehensive advice about how to keep your kitchen germ free and avoid the coronavirus. If you’re interested in installing granite countertops in your kitchen and adding some design panache and value to your home, contact GraniteLine today on 01606 841074.