I’m always so ready to say goodbye to the heat of summer and say hello to the cool fall and winter air. Consequently, the changing weather brings seasonal cold, flu, and that nasty stomach virus. So where are the areas those germs hide the most?
We picked up a few tips from the cleaning experts with Two Maids & A Mop, one of the nation’s top residential cleaning companies. They have identified the five germiest places you will find inside a home over this holiday season and what you need to do to keep those areas clean.
“Our staff is in homes across the country every day. They tackle grit and grime in areas where you wouldn’t expect to see it and they know tricks of the trade to get those areas clean and keep them clean” said David Luke, Chief Operating Officer for Two Maids & A Mop. “Our cleaning experts take care of the dirty work, so families can spend this holiday season relaxing and focusing on spending quality time together.”
1. Doorknobs – Most people who do wash their hands don’t always do it the right way. A study by Michigan State University researchers found only 5 percent of people who used the bathroom, washed their hands long enough to kill germs that can cause infections. This means a lot of people are walking out of the bathroom and touching the door and knobs with germs on their hands.
TWO MAIDS & A MOP ADVICE: Frequently use anti-bacterial wipes to wipe down doorknobs, switches, even the handle you push to flush the toilet.
2. Hand Towels in a Bathroom – Bacteria like to grow in wet, moist areas. A microbiologist at the University of Arizona found more than 90 percent of bathroom towels he examined to be contaminated. Every time you use reuse a tainted hand towel you can possibly increase chances of developing allergies or rashes.
TWO MAIDS & A MOP ADVICE: If you don’t want to frequently change out a hand towel during a party, pick up some decorative paper hand towels instead.
3. Remote Control – So many hands touch the TV remote, but when was the last time you cleaned it? It’s an easy fix.
TWO MAIDS & A MOP ADVICE: Dab a little alcohol on a cotton ball and get in between the buttons, you can also use any disinfectant wipe to clean your remote about once a week.
4. Woman’s Purse – Before you let a relative or friend walk in and set her purse on your kitchen counter, think about this: a woman’s purse is dirtier than a toilet seat based on a study by British researchers.
TWO MAIDS & A MOP ADVICE: If guests do put purses on either a table or countertop or area where a potluck will be set up, sanitize the area before setting food out with an anti-bacterial cleaning product and a microfiber cloth.
5. Carpet – No easy way to say this. If your home is carpeted, it’s covered in dead skin cells. According to NYU School of Medicine microbiologist Philip Tierno, Ph.D., about 200,000 bacteria live in each square INCH of carpet.
TWO MAIDS & A MOP ADVICE: Vacuum frequently and give your carpets a deep cleaning before you open your home up to holiday guests. You can clean area rugs with soap and water twice a year.
“These tips will not only give homes a fresh look for the holidays but also help families stay healthy during a time of year when illnesses, like the flu, can spread easily as large groups get together to celebrate,” said Luke.
Hopefully, these tips for finding the germs and what to do about it will help your holiday season to be a little bit merrier.