The global flu epidemic COVID-19 is spreading rapidly. We therefore think it is a good time to inform you about the various ways in which you can protect yourself and your prospective guests against health risks such as the flu, colds and other diseases.

According to the former, the coronavirus has very little chance of being transmitted only through objects. If an infected person touches a room, a table, or any other object, an uninfected person is unlikely to have to worry, provided they wash their hands regularly and thoroughly. The key is to keep your home clean and dry, but there’s no need to constantly disinfect everything. Good hand hygiene is more crucial.

Below are some important cleaning and hygiene tips from RIVM:

  • Ensure good personal hygiene. We’ll say it again, because it’s very important. Use tissue paper (single use) or cough in the crease of your elbow. Wash your hands regularly with soap and water. Always do this after coughing and sneezing, after going to the toilet, after cleaning and cleaning, and before eating. Washing your hands regularly is a good practice anyway, but if you always greet your guests personally, it is simply necessary.
  • Disinfect all surfaces before the next guest arrives. Pay special attention to surfaces that are often touched, such as door handles, drawers, toilet flush button, remote control, light buttons and switches. It is best to use household bleach for the latter. Take a new bucket with 5 liters of water for this. Put 125 milliliters of bleach in here, which is a full coffee cup. You can buy bleach in the supermarket.
  • For best results, leave the cleaning agent to act for a while. Wait three to five minutes before wiping the surface again so that the disinfectant can work well. If you use disposable antibacterial wipes to disinfect electronic equipment such as a remote control, you will likely need multiple wipes. The surface must remain wet long enough to remove all bacteria.
  • Wash your towels and bed linen regularly at 60 degrees. If possible, give each guest a separate towel for hand washing. Of course, between two stays, you should wash all towels and all bedding. If your guests stay longer, offer a possible wash or possibly an extra set that they can grab themselves.
  • Help guests prevent germs from spreading. Make sure you have plenty of tissues, kitchen rolls, hand soap and disinfectant hand gel in your room.
  • Protect yourself while cleaning. If you don’t work with a professional cleaner, you can protect yourself from bacteria by wearing gloves, especially when you’re dealing with waste. Don’t forget to wash your hands when you’re done. If possible, it’s a good idea to set up trash cans that you can open without hands.

* This article is based on information on the dutch RIVM website. Trading on the basis of this information is therefore at your own risk.