Working from home: How to keep your space clean according to a hygiene expert

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Working from home: How to keep your space clean according to a hygiene expert

From keyboards to screens and your phone, they're all hotbeds for germs.

It’s important to take the necessary precautions to keep the spaces you inhabit clean. 

When out and about it’s strongly advised by the World Health Organisation and the UK government to use hand sanitiser along with face coverings. But when you’re at home, there are also measures you can take to minimise any risk of transmission from contaminated surfaces.

A news release from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that: “Based on data from lab studies on Covid-19 and what we know about similar respiratory diseases, it may be possible that a person can get Covid-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or possibly their eyes." 

While this isn’t the main way for the virus to spread, it is still important to maintain high standards of hygiene.

As you may go to busier spaces, and while a large proportion of the nation continues to work from home, keeping your laptops, keyboards, desks and work chairs clean is essential, particularly if you might be sharing it with others in your household.

“Sitting at home is fairly risk-free when it comes to catching diseases, and if you are the only person in the house, then by washing your hands when you come in, and after handling parcels, then you have closed the door on any virus or other infectious diseases,” says Dr Lisa Ackerley, aka The Hygiene Doctor.

“However if you have others in your home, or they use your work-space then you may want to think about the cleanliness of your work desk a bit more and clean and disinfect more frequently.”

To make it feel less of a chore, we've got the tips and cleaning products you need to ensure your space is as hygienic as possible.

The CDC recommends cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces daily in common household areas, which include: doorknobs, light switches, phones, tablets, touch screens, remote controls, keyboards, handles, desks.

Therefore, we’d recommend keeping your cleaning products nearby in a drawer for easy access and to make it a habitual daily routine.

According to Ackerley, if your desk is made from wood and you are the only user, regularly give it a polish. If it needs a deeper clean, use an antimicrobial spray or wipe.

All you need is a clean dry cloth to wipe down glass, wood, stone, tile and worktops.

When cleaning keyboards and computers, Ackerley advises turning the keyboard upside down and gently tapping to remove crumbs, then use antimicrobial wipes on switched off equipment.

Avoid ones with bleach on your computer equipment to avoid damage and for a screen, use a specific screen wipe.

Ackerley recommends regularly vacuuming floors if you get a build-up of dust. “Mop if it’s a hard surface to pick up dust, and use antimicrobial wipes on a spray and paper towel on high-frequency touch areas such as door handles,” she says.