Gather the items needed for cleaning before entering the area and cleaning begins. This may include the following:
personal protective equipment (PPE)
cleaning equipment and solutions
rubbish waste bag
alcohol-based hand rub.
Personal protective equipment recommendations
People entering the room and the person with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 should wear a surgical mask if the person with COVID-19 remains in the room while the cleaning is done.
People should use the following process to safely put on the recommended personal protective equipment before entering the area:
Clean your hands. This can be done with either liquid soap and running water or alcohol- based hand rub.
Put on a disposable apron. Fasten the back of the apron at the neck and waist.
If the person with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 is in the area to be cleaned put on a surgical mask. Secure the ties of the mask at the middle of the head and neck. Fit the flexible band to nose bridge and ensure mask is fitted snug to face and below the chin. Do not touch or adjust the mask until you are ready to remove the mask.
Put on protective eyewear to protect your eyes from the cleaning fluids.
Put on disposable latex or vinyl gloves.
The purpose of personal protective equipment is to reduce the risk of direct contact with contaminated surfaces.
Once cleaning is completed, place all disposable cleaning items in the rubbish waste bag.
Preparation of bleach solutions
Household bleach comes in a variety of strengths of the active ingredient (sodium hypochlorite) and you can find this information on the product label often listed as available chlorine.
Table 1. Recipes to achieve a 1,000ppm bleach solution
Original strength of bleach (available chlorine)
Disinfectant recipe to make up 1 litre of bleach solution. In a bucket, place the volume of water required and gently add the measured volume of bleach.
Useful Advice for
Wine, Tea, Coffee and Stubborn Stains
So why is having the knowledge of carpet stain
removal important? We’ve all faced the following situations before – when someone
accidentally spills a glass of wine, or walks in with muddy shoes, then you are
left with a stain that needs cleaning.
No matter how many times we clean the carpet
or how much care we take of it, something always comes up. There is no
foolproof measure we can take to ensure that our carpets always stay clean and
spotless because some accident or a mishap is bound to happen as a result of
which our carpets will suffer.
Even without accidents, some dirt stains may
develop in some areas of the carpet with time and they require immediate
attention. So if you are not a fan of hiring professionals every time even a
stain occurs, it is a great idea to have prior knowledge of do-it-yourself
cleaning options that enable you to take swift action.
Why is DIY stain removal popular?
While professional carpet stain removal
options are available in the market, DIY stain removal techniques can be
implemented even faster. By the time you find a good carpet cleaner you could
of removed the stain yourself. Another great reason to tackle the carpet stains
yourself is it is eco-friendly. Most carpet cleaning companies will use strong
chemicals for spot removal. Although these are proven to work very well, they
can be detrimental to the environment. While the best carpet stain
removal may take longer time than a professional, it is more cost-effective,
especially if you have pets and children. With a little bit of elbow
grease and some handy tips, you’ll be amazed what you can do yourself.
Tips For Carpet Stain Removal
Coffee and Tea
Spillage of coffee or tea can leave behind
yellow or brown discolored spots on your carpet. This is because they contain
a substance called tannin. It is essential to clean up the extra tea or coffee and dampen
the stain before proceeding with the cleaning.
Removal: You can use white vinegar for removing
stains caused by drinks, sauce, tea, and coffee.
First, soak a paper towel in detergent and dab
it onto the area for a few minutes and this soaks up the excess moisture.
Then, soak another cloth in vinegar to dab on the stain and keep it pressed for
some time. Wash the spot with a cloth soaked in lukewarm water and repeat
this process till the stain vanishes.
This is one of the most common causes of
carpet stains, and is familiar to anyone who owns a pet. Even the most
well-trained pets can get caught ut and need to “take a leak” from time to
Removal: First of all, clean up the initial mess.
If it is a wet stain, blot the extra wetness away, if it is dry, moisten the
Now create a mixture with equal parts of white
vinegar and warm water. Then apply this to the soiled area and allow it to dry.
Add some baking soda and a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and dishwashing liquid
to it and rub over the stain. Follow this process up by drying the area with a
Ink, blood, wine, and juice spills
If you have children then accidents
are inevitable. Whether it’s ink leaking from a pen or blood from a
scuffed knee, we are bound to get these stains from time to time. You carpet
needs immediate treatment with these kind of stains. The quicker you can dilute
Removal: Use normal soda water and table salt and
baking soda. Clean up the excess mess with a damp cloth. Then pour on half a
cup of soda water. Follow this by adding 5 tablespoons of baking soda mixed
with the same amount of table salt. Combine the mixture, ensure it is rubbed
into the stain and let it rest for 5 – 10 minutes. Use a vacuum cleaner to
remove the excess. Repeat the process prior to vacuuming if you still see
Greasy and oil
Spilt grease and oil is common and
sometimes be difficult to remove. These can include cooking oils, crayons,
glue, lipstick, butter, adhesives, wax tar and other similar materials.
Removal: If you’ve spilt oil or greas,
you should firstly blot the area with a paper towel.
Then use a washcloth to apply alcohol directly
on the stain by blotting and not by wiping. Now, take a mixture of water and
dishwashing liquid (one that does not contain lanolin or bleach) and apply it
directly on the stain with a sponge. You can continue this until the
Wax and similar sticky stains
If you keep a candle burning without
supervision, sometime the wax will drip onto the floor. These stains can
seem tricky and stubborn. However, if you follow the right methods, you can
remove them easily.
Removal: This one is all about freezing the wax.For this, you need a Ziploc bag filled with ice cubes. Rub it over the stain until it hardens and then shatter the wax with a hard object. Vacuum up these broken pieces, apply a solvent and then some lukewarm water to the area till the stain is removed.
Hiring just the right housekeeper can be life-altering for the busy family. Now this may seem to be a little over-the-top, but I am serious. Think about your life-whether single, a couple or a family-you have no time. No time to keep your home as organized or clean as you would like. No time to do the smaller tidying jobs that would make a huge difference.
“I am still learning about my home. If you can’t do it yourself, find good service people and treat them well.” — Terry (mom to our Human Resources Coordinator, Louisa)
Raise your hand if you grew up with a mom (or another parental figure) constantly reminding you to clean your room. Often, our earliest memories of figuring out how to tidy up and take care of our homes are with our moms—they taught us how to do laundry, how to do the dishes, and how to make our beds. So it should come as no surprise that when we asked our moms for their best homekeeping advice, they came back with some great tips.
Most agreed on a few major themes: it’s important to make sure everything has a home, that you put things back when you take them out, and that your home is an inviting, relaxing place to come home to—and invite others to.
Do you ever casually go about your day, popping into the kitchen for a little peanut butter toast and then the next thing you know you’re turning over the toaster oven because it’s been so long and you just can’t take the crumbs anymore?
At the risk of sounding like a cloyingly optimistic Peppy Patty (which I can assure you, I am not), I never really understood all the pervasive hate for Mondays. I get that easing yourself from the freedom of the weekend into the structure of the workweek is a bit of a shock to the system…