Cleaning and Covid-19

How to clean your home effectively in the current climate

Here at Koh, our promise has always been to offer you a simple, effective and eco-friendly cleaning system that’s safer for you, those you love, and the planet. 

That promise is important now more than ever, so we wanted to share some information on how the Koh System can help you in the current climate.

Koh Universal Cleaner is an effective, eco-friendly surface cleaner. However, it’s not a disinfectant nor sanitiser. Its main purpose is to be tough on dirt and grime to give your surfaces a sparkling clean. Koh Protect Surface is a sanitiser and has been clinically proven to kill 99.9% of bacteria and keep household surfaces bacteria free for 7 days, even with regular cleaning.

To keep your home as safe and hygienic as possible, it’s being recommended you clean and disinfect. The following information will help you understand the difference between these two steps and how they work together.

So how can it help reduce the transmission of bacteria and viruses?

To keep your home as safe and hygienic as possible, it’s being recommended you clean and disinfect. The following information will help you understand the difference between these two steps and how they work together.

Surface cleaning

Cleaning is the first step to creating hygienic surfaces. When you clean you’re removing dirt and grime, and as part of this process you’ll also wipe away microbes such as bacteria and viruses.

At this point you won’t necessarily kill them, but they will no longer be on your surfaces which is important to help reduce transmission of disease.

Cleaning is also important to prep your surface for disinfecting.

Disinfecting

Disinfectants should be used after cleaning to kill any remaining microbes on your surfaces. What about sanitisers? While sanitising and disinfecting are relatively similar, there is a distinction. Sanitisers like Koh Protect help kill microbes on a surface, however won’t necessarily kill everything. Note, Koh Protect Surface has not been proven effective against viruses such as COVID-19.

Disinfecting will kill all microbes it comes into contact with, including viruses.

For either sanitising or disinfecting to be effective you need to have a clean surface, free of dirt and grime.  This is for a couple of reasons. Firstly, your sanitiser or disinfectant won’t be able to reach and kill all microbes if they are hidden under surface dirt, and secondly, some disinfectants will become ineffective on contact with organic materials.

If you are using a sanitiser or disinfectant as defence against COVID-19, check the label carefully to ensure it is effective against both bacteria and viruses.

Stay safe when disinfecting

Disinfectants such as bleach (which is recommended to kill COVID-19) are made from harsh chemicals, which is why they are so effective at killing germs. Please ensure you’re always following safety guidelines to keep you and your family safe.

How to Koh with Covid-19 in mind

Koh offers a simple 2 step system to clean and sanitise your household surfaces.

Step 1. Clean

Koh Universal Cleaner is an effective, eco-friendly surface cleaner. Its main purpose is to be tough on dirt and grime to give your surfaces a sparkling clean. It will also wipe microbes from your surface as part of the cleaning process. It is not a sanitiser or disinfectant.

Step 2. Protect

Koh Protect Surface is an eco-friendly, long lasting surface sanitiser which will keep your surfaces germ free for 7 days. Use it after you clean for protection against 99.9% of common germs and bacteria. Note Koh Protect Surface has not been proven effective against viruses such as COVID-19.

To ensure you clean and sanitise with Koh as hygienically as possible, it’s important to follow some simple guidelines

1. Use fresh, dry cloths and mop pads each time you clean and sanitise your surfaces with Koh Universal Cleaner and Protect Surface.
2. Give your clean some more elbow grease than usual, wiping down all surfaces thoroughly.
3. Launder your cloths and mop pads regularly at 60 degrees Celsius to remove any germs they have picked up.
4. Make sure you wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after every clean, or wear gloves.

Protecting your skin

During this time, protecting your skin is just as important as protecting your surfaces to help reduce the transmission of bacteria. When it comes to COVID-19, it is being recommended that washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is the most effective defense against transmission.

When this option is not available, hand sanitisers are a practical alternative. When choosing a hand sanitiser, it is important to understand there are many different formulations, and not all will be effective against COVID-19. Make sure you consult reputable sources such as The World Health Organization (WHO) for advice on how to choose sanitisers which will be effective against viruses.

If you are looking for an alcohol and fragrance free sanitiser which won’t dry out your hands, Koh Protect Skin offers 8 hour protection from 99.9% of common bacteria. Note Koh Protect Skin has not been proven effective against viruses such as COVID-19.


Don’t forget to clean your common touch points

At this time, it’s not just surfaces like benchtops and floors that need to be cleaned. Also remember to keep cleaning common touch points around the home such as bannisters, light switches, door handles, fridge doors, appliances, phones and computers. These can be germ hotspots! .

Any questions? Just ask!

Our customer care team is always here to help. Just drop us a message on Facebook, email at careau@koh.com or call 1300 000 564

We hope you and your family are staying safe and healthy

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