Use coasters to protect wooden surfaces from water rings. Exposure to sunlight can also damage wood, so consider curtains or blinds to block direct sunlight.
Children put their toys in their mouth, so wash with soap and water and rinse well, or pop them in a clean washing machine or dishwasher.
Ventilate and freshen the living room regularly by opening the windows.
Wash your hands after playing with or caring for your pets
If your dining table is also used for working and playing, clean it before and after having a meal.
Vacuum rugs and carpets regularly and clean with carpet shampoo from time to time, especially if you have an allergy.
Wool and thick-pile rugs and carpets gather dirt and retain fleas and mites brought in by pets.
In order to maintain the life of your curtains, wash them regularly according to the care label instructions.
Vacuum floors and dust or clean hard surfaces regularly to keep dust and pet hairs under control.
You can also use air fresheners to fragrance your rooms but remember these do not replace good hygiene practices.
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Catch coughs and sneezes in a tissue or sleeve when you have a cold/flu.
Clean your pet’s bowl regularly and air their sleeping basket to prevent harmful microbes and pests such as fleas from spreading.
Remote controls for the TV, cable boxes, computers, ipads etc can transmit harmful microbes as they get handled a lot.
Clean them with a soft cloth, some water and washing-up liquid, or an all-purpose cleaner.
Coughing and sneezing and touching surfaces frequently touched by others are key moments for hygiene.
Lined curtains are great heat insulators.
Dispose of the tissue safely, wash your hands or use an alcohol hand sanitiser to avoid passing your infection to others.
To keep your phone clean as well as and pleasant to use, regularly clean the dial pad and screen with an all-purpose cleaner and a soft cloth.
Dust, pet hairs and food particles encourage the presence of flies, cockroaches and mice that can spread infection.