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How to clean your hard floors to protect against Coronavirus

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No shoes – Leave your shoes at the door.  Any germs & dirt that you have picked up on the soles of your shoes while out & about will transfer to your home & be spread where you walk.  This is important at all times not just at the moment.  Any little pieces of grit on your shoes can also cause microscopic scratches that can harbor dirt, grime, bacteria & viruses.

 

Regularly clean the floor.  Sweep or vacuum first, & then mop with a little disinfectant in warm water (follow the dilution instructions on the disinfectant).  Warm water is better than cold as it will help to lift any grease.  If you can’t get hold of disinfectant then, washing up liquid is a good alternative.  It is a pH neutral (ie neither acidic or alkaline) detergent which is recommended by some flooring manufacturers & it can destroy the coronavirus & other viruses.  This is because there is a fatty layer around the virus which can be dissolved by the detergent & the virus falls apart.

 

“So why does soap work so well on the Sars-CoV-2, the coronavirus and indeed most viruses? The short story: because the virus is a self-assembled nanoparticle in which the weakest link is the lipid (fatty) bilayer. Soap dissolves the fat membrane and the virus falls apart like a house of cards and dies – or rather, we should say it becomes inactive as viruses aren’t really alive.“ (Source)

 

 

This also explains why the World Health Organisation recommends washing your hands with soap.

 

Certain floor types will require special treatment.

 

Natural Stone

In particular if your floor is marble, limestone or travertine then it is important that you don’t use any acidic cleaning solutions on your floor.  Please don’t be tempted to use homemade cleaners containing white vinegar or lemon juice.  Vinegar is a fantastic cleaner, but it is acidic & it’s likely it will damage a marble, limestone or travertine floor.

 

Luxury Vinyl Floors

If you have luxury vinyl flooring then its best to follow the manufacturers recommendations.

 

Karndean recommend the use of a pH neutral detergent, but definitely NOT the use of bleach.  Amtico offer similar advice.

 

 

Natural Wood & Laminate

For floors such as laminate or natural wood it is important not to use too much water as this can damage the floor.

 

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