Deep Cleaning Tips For Your Home After Being Sick

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Deep Cleaning Tips For Your Home After Being Sick

By : Sophie
Maintaining household & personal hygiene is crucial to living a healthy life. But, keeping your house clean during an illness is difficult, resulting in your home becoming a hub of contaminants and disease-causing pathogens. Bacteria and viruses cause infectious and communicable diseases like COVID-19, Norovirus, influenza, campylobacter. Once a household member(s) is infected, it is important to take preventive measures to kill the germs and keep your abode sanitary. Tenants ending a lease agreement should hire professional end of lease cleaners in Darwin to thoroughly clean the rental property and help get their bond back in full. However, if you are not moving and need to deep clean your home after being sick, here are useful tips by pros. Have a look.

Get The Right Cleaning Supplies

After recovering from a contagious disease, you need to use effective cleaners and disinfectants to sanitise household surfaces, fixtures and objects. Thus, buy products approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration that clearly mention on the labels which pathogens they can kill or what contaminants they work against. Purchase cleaning supplies smartly to ensure you get the right tools and products to effectively and efficiently remove pollutants and kill illness-causing microbes. Note: If you book professional end of lease cleaners in Darwin, they will bring quality products, tools and equipment to deep clean the property.

Clean Then Disinfect

To ensure surfaces and fixtures in your home are sanitary, you need to clean them first, then disinfect. The terms cleaning and disinfecting are used interchangeably, but these are different activities that should be performed correctly to get optimum results. Professional end of lease cleaners in Darwin clean to remove physical contaminants to prevent them from shielding the illness-causing germs. Once the pollutants are removed, they eliminate the bacteria and viruses with a potent disinfectant.

Give Products Proper Dwell Time

Don’t make the mistake of immediately wiping, scrubbing or washing a product after applying it to a surface. Read the labels carefully to understand usage directions and learn the dwell time you need to give a solution to work effectively. Most cleaners and disinfectants need less than 10 minutes to remove grime, dust, dirt or germs. By giving every product the required time to work adequately, you can speed the sanitising process and ensure your household surfaces/fixtures are free of harmful microbes.

Sanitise Common Points of Contacts

Bacteria and viruses can survive on surfaces for days and spread through contact, which is why after being sick, you need to sanitise all common points of contact in your home. Here is a list of areas you need to focus on.
  • Faucets, switches, door handles, knobs and locks
  • Rails, tabletops, armrests, headrests, drawers, cabinets and other furniture etc.
  • Countertops, slabs, appliances, sink and stove, among other kitchen surfaces/objects
  • Button-pads, keyboards, mouse, remote controls, consoles, etc.
  • Walls, doors, windows and floors
Make sure you clean then disinfect these areas in addition to other commonly-used surfaces, fixtures and objects you identified need sanitising. You can find most of them in high traffic rooms like the bedroom, kitchen, bathroom and living room.

Maintain Personal Hygiene

Even when you feel better, you can still carry pathogens and make other household members sick. Therefore, you must maintain personal hygiene by washing your hands for at least 20 seconds. Additionally, take regular baths and ensure you isolate yourself until the symptoms of your illness disappear completely. While cleaning, wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) like masks, gloves, goggles and overalls to minimise contact with disease-causing germs or prevent you from transmitting them. Even professional end of lease cleaners in Darwin wear PPE while deep cleaning residential property for safety reasons.

Sanitise Cleaning Tools

Use disposable tools for deep cleaning your home after being sick to break the chain of germ transmission. If you use reusable tools, make sure to wash them with soap and warm water, then disinfect with bleach. Washing the tools will remove the dust, dirt and grime they have accumulated during the clean-up. You then kill the bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens on the tools that didn’t wash off by disinfecting. While doing this process, make sure you dip the cleaning tools in a solution of 10 parts water and one part bleach for at least 10 minutes. After disinfecting, keep the tools in a well-ventilated area to air dry, then store them in a closed space.


After recovering from infectious and communicable diseases like COVID-19, influenza, norovirus and others, you need to sanitise your home to prevent transmission and getting ill again. If you are ending a tenancy, hire professional end of lease cleaners in Darwin to deep clean your rental property. But for maintaining general household hygiene, follow the tips shared above to sanitise and disinfect your home after being sick completely.