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Using Non-Abrasive Cleaners to Combat Covid-19

Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, it has become a necessity to combat the spread of the coronavirus. Using a non-abrasive cleaner throughout your place of work and home will minimise the possibility of Covid-19 spreading. 

According to this situation report, published by the World health organisation, Covid-19 is primarily transmitted from symptomatic people to others who are in close contact through; respiratory droplets, by direct contact with infected persons, or by contact with contaminated objects and surfaces.

The government has placed social distancing guidelines to help prevent contracting the virus from close contact through respiratory droplets and by direct contact with infected persons. These guidelines include closing non-essential places of work, asking citizens to not visit friends or families in different households and practising a safe distance of 2 meters whilst visiting essential shops. 

Some businesses however are classed as essential. This means they are still operating at full capacity, which means minimising contact is not always possible. Throughout these businesses, using a non-abrasive cleaner regularly will help prevent contracting Covid-19 through contact with contaminated objects and surfaces.

In this blog we will explore exactly how a non-abrasive cleaner can help.

 

What is a Non-Abrasive Cleaner? 

A non-abrasive cleaner is an all-purpose cleaner used on surfaces and objects. It can come in the form of powder or liquid. 

  • Powder form – In powder form the cleaner must be diluted to the correct strength. 
  • Liquid form – In liquid form the cleaner can be used at full strength or diluted accordingly. 

A non-abrasive cleaner can also have disinfecting properties with the aim to kill bacteria on surfaces. Such products will specify on the label that they “kill germs” or “disinfect”.

This type of cleaning product is best used for surfaces such as floors, painted walls, countertops, and woodwork. This is because they will not have direct and stubborn dirt on them. However, because of the option of diluting or full strength, they can be used in some heavy-duty situations, which do not need as much strength as an abrasive cleaner.

Most all-purpose cleaners work best in alkaline conditions, therefore non-abrasive will often contain alkaline buffer salt to keep the pH at a constant value. Other common ingredients of a non-abrasive cleaner include: 

  • Surfactants 
  • Builders
  • Ammonia
  • Pine oil 
  • Organic solvents like ethanol or isopropanol
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In a previous blog we explored the differences between abrasive and non-abrasive cleaners. Feel free to check it out here.

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How to use a Non-Abrasive Cleaner to Combat Covid-19?

By utilising the cleaning properties of the non-abrasive cleaner, it can be used to help combat the spread Covid-19 through contact with contaminated objects and surfaces.

Below are four recommended steps to follow to ensure the best chance of combating the spread of the virus. 

Step 1: Ensure Your Cleaner is a Disinfectant

As discussed in the previous section, a non-abrasive cleaner can be a disinfectant. To properly sanitise and clean an area, it is important that the cleaner has disinfectant properties. This will kill any germs that are lingering on the surface or object. By killing the germs, it will stop the spread of harmful viruses to another person. 

Step 2: Clean High Traffic Areas

Cleaning should be focused on high traffic and highly populated areas of your business. Although all areas should be cleaned, special attention should be put on the areas where a lot of people visit each day. Examples of these include reception, canteens, and busy door handles. 

Targeting busy parts of the office ensures that the objects and surfaces that come into the most contact are having as little chance of spreading the virus as possible. 

Step 3: Clean as Often as Possible

Cleaning as often as possible, in addition to a regular cleaning schedule, will help keep the surfaces and objects as hygienic as they can be. It will also stop a build-up of germs throughout the day.

Step 4: Personal Hygiene 

Regularly monitoring your own hygiene will help prevent the transmission of an infection and your chances of contracting anything. Using non-abrasive cleaners, such as hand gel, throughout the day will ensure that you are not passing on any harmful germs after touching a surface or an object. 

By looking after yourself, you are also looking after your colleagues and friends. 

 

Using Non-Abrasive Cleaners to Combat Covid-19

Staying safe during these strange and scary times should be a priority. By applying the “steps” mentioned above, you will be giving yourself and your friends and loved ones around you the best chance of not encountering contaminated objects and surfaces.  

A non-abrasive cleaner will act as the tool needed to disinfect and keep areas safe. 

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