Bedrooms and Living Areas
The surfaces in these rooms provide places for allergens and bacteria to collect. Reduce allergens and bacteria with a few simple cleaning tips.
Usually, there is little risk of germs spreading from your living room floors and furniture. However, your floors and furniture are prime ‘landing spots’ for dust and allergens, including debris from dust mites, pollen, mould spores and pet dander.
Cleaning to Reduce Dust, Germs and Allergens
The following general cleaning guidelines can help you to keep a clean and healthy home and reduce dust, germs and allergens on these surfaces.
- Vacuum carpets and soft furnishings regularly to prevent dust, dust mites, and other debris building-up. Thoroughly dry soft furnishings and carpets if they become wet (because of an accident or steam cleaning) to help prevent the growth of mould.
- Clean hard surface flooring regularly to remove dust, dirt, and visible mould growth. If you use a mop and bucket, clean and disinfect them after each use and store them dry with the mop head facing upwards.
- Damp-dust hard surfaces to minimise dust and dirt and help prevent dust mite debris and other allergens becoming airborne.
- Remove surface clutter to make cleaning easier. Place hard-to-clean items in closets, drawers, or display cabinets with glass doors.
- Clean and disinfect tiled walls and other hard surfaces where moisture is likely to collect to help stop moulds growing.
- Do not use bleach products on carpets, wooden surfaces, or in confined unventilated spaces.
- Clean and disinfect floors, furniture, and other surfaces (like walls) promptly if there has been a spill of blood or body fluids such as vomit or faeces. Use disposable paper towels to remove the spill, then clean and disinfect the surface. Carpets and furniture may need to be steam cleaned.
- Clean and disinfect hand contact surfaces such as television remote controls, light switches and telephones, especially if someone is sick with a cold or flu.
- Always remember to wash your hands after cleaning.