We’ve all heard about the importance of washing our hands and cleaning hard surfaces and key touch points regularly to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. But what about carpets? Can these harbour the virus too?
Scientific guidelines state that: “The infectious lifespan of viruses, in general, depends on temperature, humidity, and the porosity of the surface where the virus is found”. And according to a study published in The Journal of Hospital Infections, the new strain of coronavirus, like similar viruses, such as SARS and MERS, can survive for anywhere from 2 hours to 9 days on a surface. Read more here.
If anyone in your workplace or your home has suffered from Covid-19, it may be a good idea to consider steam cleaning your carpets (and upholstery). In schools for example, where children who will have been touching their faces all day tend to sit on carpets and rugs, steam cleaning and disinfecting the carpets is one measure that will help to slow down or stop the spread of the virus.
We recommend steam cleaning as this is a more effective cleaning technique when it comes to killing bacteria and viruses which may linger in the carpets. This is because the high temperatures involved in steam cleaning will wash away the bacteria as well as eliminating dust mites and fleas. In general, the temperature needed to kill viruses outside the body is around 60°C. A professional carpet steam cleaning machine will heat up to around 66°C, so well above the required temperature to kill off viruses.
If you do want to get your carpets cleaned, you still need to be aware of the social distancing rules which are currently in place.
At JDK Cleaning, we have been delivering sanitisation and deep cleaning services to a number of businesses across South West Wales as we have put in place measures to protect our employees and our customers. These include carrying out cleaning services when a building is closed to employees and visitors or customers, wearing protective clothing at all times and respecting social distancing from each other as well as from our customers if they are present.
Carpet cleaning is one of the services we have been able to offer to our commercial customers and we are already taking bookings for domestic carpet cleaning (during which we implement the same stringent measures as we do in a commercial premises).
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