*Remunerated Post in collaboration with Clinell*
Things are all a bit different this year, aren’t they? So it came as no surprise that Christmas 2020 would follow suit with the rest of the year. One thing that has come to the forefront of everyone’s minds is cleanliness. We are in the process of changing bedrooms in our house and, in doing so, we are making every effort to clean our house at the same time in the lead up to the big day.
Are you missing a spot?
New research from Gama Healthcare has revealed that a significant portion of people across the Great Britain have a ‘missed a spot’ with their cleaning technique. With a new strain of Covid which is more infectious, cleaning correctly is more important than ever.
Did you know that even though 66% of the British public are saying they are more concerned with germs at home since the pandemic, less than 37% are actually wiping surfaces in a way that minimises the spread of infection.
33% are cleaning the dirtier section before the cleaner section leaving them at risk of spreading COVID-19 on surfaces, according to a new survey from Gama Healthcare. This company is Britain’s leading supplier of disinfectant products and infection control training to the NHS.
The S-Shape Method
It is not just about how often you clean but the method you use. 58% say they use one wipe per surface to help reduce infection. 25% use the same wipe multiple times but the trouble with this is that it spreads germs from surface to surface.
Also, are you aware that there is a final cleaning step? 14% of people use surfaces immediately or soon after cleaning instead of waiting any time but the surface should be left to air dry for the contact time recommended – this can be from 30 seconds to 5 minutes or more, dependent on the manufacturer of the cleaning product used.
The cleaning technique which is key to infection control is the S-shaped cleaning technique. This advocated by Gama Healthcare to prevent re-contaminating the areas already cleaned. The team at Gama Healthcare has developed a ‘glitter test’ using green glitter to demonstrate why the S-shaped wipe is so important. Using glitter, it’s easy to see how effective the method is at cleaning surfaces.
I have to admit that, in the words of Madame Gazelle (see Peppa Pig), ‘not the glitter’! It is a bit of a nightmare of mine. Instead, I have taken on the Christmas chocolate. A much more acceptable source of dirt in our house.
The Top Cleaning Tips
These are the top tips on protecting your Christmas home bubble depending on where you are in the UK, and cleaning properly:
- Wipe surfaces in an ‘s’ shaped pattern
- Work from top to bottom when cleaning surfaces
- Wipe from clean to dirty
- Leave to air dry
- One wipe, one surface (if using wipes – only use one per surface)
- Wash hands regularly
- Clean multi-touch areas like door handles more regularly
- Make sure you let as much fresh air in as you can during a visit and after visitors have left, without getting cold, by opening windows and doors
In a recent survey of RCN members (commissioned by Clinell) 76% of the nurses from the Royal College of Nursing said that they themselves use the Clinell cleaning methodology at home and recommended that others should do the same. But, according to the same survey, 4 out of 5 of the same nurses worried that the public didn’t know enough about how to control infection at home.
About GAMA Healthcare
GAMA Healthcare is at the forefront of infection prevention technology, driving scientific innovation in surface disinfection and skin hygiene products. Their Clinell Universal Wipes are the NHS’ number 1 most used disinfectant wipe, trusted by 9 out of 10 NHS hospitals to help safeguard patients and healthcare workers from the risk of infection.
GAMA Healthcare was founded in 2004 by two doctors, Dr Guy Braverman and Dr Allen Hanouka, to help save and improve lives. Together they saw a need for clinically proven infection prevention products. Today, their Clinell, Carell and Contiplan product ranges protect people in healthcare, businesses and homes across more than 60 countries.
Find out more at www.gamahealthcare.com
If you are taking extra measures to clean your house this Christmas or are simply seeking a better way then I hope this information helps you as much as it did me.