Viruses and bacteria are everywhere around us – this year more than ever. We rarely leave the house without a mask, we keep our distances and, if necessary, we always carry a hand sanitizer in our pocket. But what does it actually look like at home? Textiles in particular hide unexpectedly harmful viruses and bacteria. As textile cleaning experts, we have put together five tips on how to keep your home as clean as possible.
1. Disinfect your clothes easily
Harmless germs are usually killed during a normal wash even at low temperatures. However, if a family member is ill, a hygiene rinse should also be used. With towels or underwear, you are on the safer side with a 60-degree wash.
If the pile of laundry is getting bigger and you don’t have the time or the energy to wash it, we will be happy to take over the cleaning and care of your favourite items and of all your everyday laundry. Our service includes free collection and delivery, in compliance with hygiene regulations.
2. Professionally cleaned carpets once a year
In the living room, under the dining table or in front of the bookshelf – carpets make any room look cosy and homely and can even invite you to sit on the floor. However, a lot of dirt accumulates in both long and short fibres, which even the best cleaning product cannot remove 100%. Carpets usually provide an excellent breeding ground for germs.
Our experts recommend having carpets professionally cleaned 1-2 times a year to restore their original colours in addition to providing extensive cleaning. You can have an overview of the most frequently asked questions about carpet cleaning on our website. If you are moving from your home, you can even have your carpets delivered to your new address free of charge and have them installed in fresh and clean.
3. Wash your towels and bed linen more often than you think
With each use, skin particles and moisture are transferred to the towel – a perfect environment for bacteria. Both the towel for the hands and the shower towels should be changed every 3 days according to the latest scientific studies. Skin particles also play an important role in our bed linen. Here, however, it is sufficient to change the bedding every fortnight unless you are ill or sweat a lot during the night. In this case, we recommend changing the bed linen every three days. A temperature of at least 60°C is essential for towels and bed linen to eliminate all bacteria. Otherwise, germs may still be present even in freshly scented laundry.
It is also very important to store used towels. If they remain moist for a long time, it creates an environment in which bacteria can thrive and multiply quickly. It is best to use a towel holder instead of a towel hook. If your towel holder is heated, the towels will dry faster and you can look forward to a pleasantly warm towel after your shower.
It may happen that the washing machine at home does not heat up correctly to the specified 60°C. If the towels and bed linen smell unpleasantly after a wash, this may be the reason why. Our shops are equipped with the most modern machines, which ensure an adequate cleaning and thoroughly wash towels and bed linen per kilo.
4. Cleaning children’s toys
Our youngest children love to drool over every single toy. That’s why we recommend packing children’s plastic toys in a laundry bag or pillowcase with a zip at least once a month and washing them in the machine at 30 degrees. With a hygienic wash you can be sure that all germs are removed.
5. Leave the curtains open
In a study conducted by the University of Oregon, researchers found that the amount of bacteria in rooms is directly related to the amount of natural light entering it. The more light shines through the window, the fewer germs are in the room. UV rays have the ability to kill bacteria. People who do not get enough sunlight in their homes are therefore particularly susceptible to respiratory diseases.
So, open the curtains and say hello to a perfectly clean home!