Cleaning and sterilizing homes in Kuwait

Cleaning and sterilizing homes in Kuwait

Cleaning and sterilizing homes in Kuwait

The house is clean

An important precaution to reduce the risk of infection is to regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces in your home.


Follow the instructions for cleaning products so that you do not put yourself at any risk when using them and get good results. In the instructions, you will be able to inform yourself of the precautions you should take when putting it on, such as wearing gloves and good ventilation.


Some national authorities have developed lists of recommended products to combat the COVID-19 virus.



Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces

All homes are different. However, they all have high-touch surfaces such as doorknobs, tables, chairs, handrails, kitchen and bathroom surfaces, faucets, toilets, light switches, mobile phones, computers, tablets, keyboards, remote controls, game controllers and children's favorite toys.



What to use for cleaning and disinfection

If the surface is dirty, the first thing to do is to clean it with soap or detergent and water. Next, an antiseptic product containing alcohol (about 70%) or bleach should be used. It is not recommended to use vinegar or other natural products.


Disinfecting sprays or wipes can be hard to find in many places. In this case, they should be cleaned with soapy water. A diluted household bleach solution can be used on some surfaces.



How to sterilize

It is important not to remove the cleaning solutions once they have been applied. Many disinfecting products, such as wipes and sprays, need to be kept wet on surfaces for several minutes to be effective.


Always read the instructions for the correct use of products to avoid risks and to avoid damaging sensitive devices, such as cell phones and other electronic devices. Consider these appliances can be protected with washable covers.


Coronavirus (COVID-19): Cleaning clothes and washing tips

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It's not known for certain how long the COVID-19 virus can survive on fabrics, but many clothes contain plastic or metal items that can live in them for a few hours or even several days.


You have to be careful and have common sense. Recommended practices include taking off shoes when entering the house, changing clothes to clean when returning home from crowded places, and washing hands with soap and water immediately afterwards.



Laundry at home

Wash sheets, towels, and clothing regularly.


To reduce the chance of transmission of the virus in the air, do not shake soiled clothing.

Wash clothes with soap or detergent and the hottest water possible. Dry the clothes completely. Both washing and drying help kill the virus.

Wash your hands immediately with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Wash or sterilize the laundry bag or laundry basket. Consider storing soiled clothing in disposable bags.


Laundry outside the house

If you must use a laundry service outside your home, keep the following precautions in mind:


Before leaving, organize the clothes you will be washing so that you spend as little time as possible outside the house.

Try to go at a time when there are few people.

Maintain a physical distance of at least one meter from other people.

If possible, wear disposable gloves, disinfect the surfaces of all machinery you will be using and do not touch your face.

If the laundry service is running indoors, wait outside until the washing process is finished.

Fold your clothes when you get home.

Wash your hands immediately with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Wash or sterilize the laundry bag or laundry basket. Consider storing clothes in disposable bags.

If you do not have the ability to use a laundry service, hand wash your clothes at home with soap or detergent, and in the hottest water you can.


Coronavirus (Covid-19): Tips for handling and preparing food

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Food handling and preparation

Although there is currently no evidence that transmission of the COVID-19 virus occurs through food or its packaging, infection is likely to occur by touching a surface or object contaminated with the virus and then touching the food.


The greatest risk comes from close contact with others while shopping for food away from home and while attending food delivery services (for example, in areas where the disease is locally transmitted). Therefore, it is important to keep a distance of at least 1 meter from others, wear a mask in public places and wash your hands frequently. As always, good hygiene is important when handling food to prevent foodborne illnesses.




Precautions for food packaging and handling

Remove all unnecessary containers and dispose of them in a trash can with a lid.

Remove the food you ordered from the containers and put it on a clean plate; Then get rid of the containers.

Clean cans with disinfectant before opening or storing them.

Thoroughly wash unpackaged produce, such as fruits and vegetables, under running water.

Wash your hands immediately afterwards with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.


General food hygiene advice

Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before preparing food.

Use separate cutting boards for raw meat and fish.

Cook food to recommended temperature.

Where possible, keep perishables refrigerated or frozen and pay attention to expiration dates.

Dispose of food scraps hygienically and recycle containers appropriately, to avoid a buildup of waste that can attract pests.

Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before eating, and make sure kids do this too.

Always use clean dishes and utensils.

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