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 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 Cleaning System can help you in the current climate.

Koh is an effective, eco-friendly surface cleaner. It’s also been proven to kill common strains of bacteria such as campylobacter, salmonella and E. coli, but it’s not a disinfectant or sanitiser, and it’s not meant to be. Its main purpose is to be tough on dirt and grime to give your surfaces a sparkling clean.

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 use a two-step process; surface cleaning, followed by disinfecting.

The following information will help you understand the difference between these two steps and how they work together.

Step 1: 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 Step 2.

Step 2: 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’s an important distinction.

Sanitising helps reduce the number of microbes on a surface, however it won’t kill everything. This means it isn’t guaranteed to kill viruses such as COVID-19.

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

For either 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 is a surface cleaner, and can be used as Step 1 in your routine to remove dirt, grime and microbes before you sanitise or disinfect.

To ensure your clean with Koh is as hygienic as possible, it’s important to follow some simple guidelines:

1. Use fresh, dry cloths and mop pads each time you clean.
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.

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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