Coronavirus (Covid 19)
Coronavirus (Covid 19) – How Helpful Home is staying safe
Hygiene, sanitising and cleaning has never been as important as it is right now. With the global pandemic spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19), Helpful Home has changed some of their processes to support the national effort to prevent the spread of this virus.
To prevent the spread of Covid 19 we are sharing some tips for our customers to keep their own homes clean and safe.
Take your shoes off before entering the home
Go to where you can take all your clothes off and put them in the washer
Spray shoes and area that you took your clothes off in alcohol, dilute bleach or disinfectant
Also spray glasses, phones, keys, shopping – anything that you are bringing into the house
Throw away receipts
Do not sit on any chairs or beds
Go to the bathroom, have a shower and brush your teeth.
Hug your family x
It is clear from the research that cleaning and personal hygiene (hand washing) are the main ways to prevent anyone from catching this virus. The problem that many homes are facing is a lack of appropriate cleaning products. Alcohol based products (like hand sanitisers) work quickly but it evaporates so has little lasting effect. Bleach is fantastic but it is not suitable for use on many surfaces around the home.
Some products have now been tested on Covid 19 and are certified to work but for home use a disinfectant with EN14476 on the back in a good choice. EN14476 certifies that the product is effective against enveloped viruses like Covid 19.
Coronaviruses have been around for a long time and belong to a group of viruses known as ‘enveloped viruses’. The virus is enclosed by a lipid membrane (a fat like substance), the membrane (envelope) is used by the virus to attach itself to the host cell, the virus then penetrates the host cell and replicates itself. The envelope is quite fragile and susceptible to changes in temperature, pH levels and disinfectants
Other envelope viruses include – Chicken pox, Influenza A, Hepititus C, HIV and coronaviruses.
The great news for us is that outside the human body these viruses are very weak and are easily destroyed with hot water and disinfectant. It gets a lot trickier once they are inside the human body.
Helpful Home has always used products with EN14476 certification during all cleans on the bathroom and high touch areas including door handles, light switches and handrails.
If there has been known contact with coronavirus then a decontamination with a QAT (Quantenary ammonium compound) based product is recommended. QATs can be used on pretty much all surfaces including soft furnishings and have a broad spectrum kill meaning that they are effective against bacteria, viruses and mould. These are the type of product being used in sprayers and foggers by the NHS and professional biohazard cleaning companies.
Helpful Home has both Envirosafe by Alltec and Formula 429FC by Chemspec. Both have Log kill6 meaning they kill 99.999% of microbes and broad spectrum kills. Formula 429 is safe to use in a food preparation area but neither are necessary or reccomended for regular use in a domestic enviroment
Helpful Home uses alcohol free foaming hand sanitiser – while it takes slightly longer to kill viruses and bacteria than alcohol it also provides a longer lasting residual protection and does not irritate skin