Have you or your kids just had a flu and now you would like to get rid of any remaining flu germs? You could prevent further illness and minimise the risk of others catching the virus by following these simple cleaning steps after the flu.
The most important part when cleaning after the flu is to ventilate your home to get fresh air in and prevent germs lingering in the air.
When you come down with a flu you are most likely going to stay in bed until you feel better. Your bed sheets, pillowcases and duvet covers then become a ‘meeting place’ for germs. If at all possible you should wash bedclothes daily during the illness and change to new ones. Use your usual laundry detergent and wash on high temperature in the washing machine. The same goes for your pyjamas, nightwear and any towels.
Don’t forget to clean any items that you picked up – thermometer, toothbrush, the remote control, computer mouse, your mobile etc. Wipe these items down using a disinfectant wipes or spray. Disinfectant or anti-bacterial spray should also be used on the sofa or armchair to prevent germs for staying in the material.
Cleaning surfaces is also important, including door knobs, light switches, fridge and cupboard doors, worktops, and all surfaces in the bathroom. A great alternative to a shop bought cleaning product is to use a vinegar solution. Vinegar’s acidic properties act well on terms. Clean your floors using a steamer or hire a cleaning company that offers steam cleaning services. They can also steam clean bathroom areas such as shower.
All the cloths, sponges you use when cleaning during or after the flu should be thrown away or washed in a washing machine on high temperature setting.