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Clean your home to prevent spreading infections

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Keeping your house clean and reducing the dust and dirt reduces the risk of your loved ones getting sick in the home.  Download the Fact Sheet

General cleaning

  • Focus on the most used areas of your home such as the family room, lounge room, kitchen and bathrooms.
  • Use a bleach solution to clean bathroom floors, countertops, toilets, sinks, and other surfaces. Chlorine bleach is effective in killing stomach viruses such as norovirus.
  • Go with gravity: Clean from top to bottom. Vacuum drapes and window treatments. Clean window sills and window wells. Then vacuum around the edges including the corners.
  • Don’t forget to clean high touch areas such as remote controls, light switches, computers including keyboards, etc. Germs can live on surfaces carrying them to the next user.
  • Vacuum upholstered furniture, or have professionally cleaned if needed. Move furniture and vacuum beneath and behind it. Remember the lamps, fan blades, and light fittings that can collect dust.
  • Wash interior windows.
  • Deep clean carpeting and hardwood floors or schedule professional carpet cleaning.


  • Turn mattresses front-to-back and end-to-end to equalize wear. Remember to vacuum the mattress and the base (if you have one).
  • Wash or dry clean the bedding: mattress protectors, pillows, quilts, blankets, comforters.


  • Clean and organize your kitchen cabinets, paying particular attention to pantry supplies, pans, and equipment.
  • Pull the refrigerator away from the wall, and vacuum the condenser coils. For bottom-mounted coils, use a long, narrow brush to clean coils of dust and debris.
  • Empty the water container and wipe over with a bleach based solution.


  • Check dryer exhaust tube and vent for built-up lint, debris or birds’ nests!
  • Remember to release the hot water pressure valves to as per the manufactures instructions

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