With educational institutions closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the world in a rare state of confusion over what happens next, there are a few things we must think about when we return to our student accommodation.
We don’t know what the future will bring, but one thing we do know is that we will certainly have to take responsibility for our own health. That means ensuring that our personal space is not only clean, but sanitised.
The Centre for Disease Control has a lot of information on the best ways to maintain a clean and healthy home.
Some of the key recommendations offered include:
- Regular washing of your hands with soap and water. The coronavirus has a fragile outer layer which is easily dissolved in warm soapy water.
- Clean surfaces regularly. These include places which we may not think of such as light switches, keyboards, counter tops, keys and remote controls, screens, door and window handles. A simply home cleaner will suffice.
- A surface will have to be clean in order for a disinfectant to work properly, even when you’re using a misting system or fogger. If you don’t have an alcohol-based disinfectant available, then a bleach solution will work just as well. Just be careful where you spray it and make sure that the space is well ventilated.
- Be sure to clean soft surfaces. Curtains, towels, carpets and bedding can hold onto virus droplets too, so don’t forget to give them a spray. A steamer will also be a good option as the coronavirus is heat sensitive.
- If you use a shared bathroom then keep a packet of disinfectant wipes to use before and after your visit. A quick wipe down of taps and other frequently touched surfaces will benefit everyone, along with regular disinfecting.
The best place to start in beating this pandemic is right here in your own personal space. We can never be too thorough when it comes to keeping our homes, hostels or student accommodation clean and sanitised.