When it comes to cleaning our homes, most of us make sure we wipe all surfaces down with the appropriate product – whether it’s antibacterial cloths or polish. But how many of us think about what’s lurking on our windows?
The truth is, the windows in your home are just like any other surface and can gather just the same bacteria and bugs. And if you’ve got children who often touch them with mucky hands, it’s clear to see how germs can be easily transferred.
So, what kinds of nasties could be camping out on your windows, and why do you need to ensure they become a part of your deep cleaning routine?
- Colds and flu
Unfortunately, 'tis the season for colds and flu. Although they are difficult to avoid, a lot can be done to stop these infections from spreading. Targeted hygiene - such as cleaning door knobs, the remote control and flat surfaces can be effective in reducing your risk - but it's important not to forget your windows. Just as everywhere else in your house, your windows are in the firing line for anything that is floating around in the air.
Coliform bacteria are rod-shaped bacteria that can be found in the aquatic environment, in soil and on vegetation. In addition, they are usually present in large numbers in the faeces of warm-blooded animals. While coliforms on their own don't normally cause serious illness, if they are present then it could indicate that other bugs of faecal origin are present.
While bugs like salmonella and campylobacter live for short periods of around one to four hours, the vomiting and diarrhea bug norovirus can survive for days or weeks on hard surfaces. When someone with norovirus vomits, the virus is spread into the air before landing on surfaces and spreading the virus with ease. If someone in your home has norovirus, it's important to clean all surfaces, windows included.
The staphylococcus aureus bacteria that cause MRSA infections are able to live for weeks on surfaces, thanks to the fact that they can thrive in drier conditions. MRSA bacteria thrives on hard surfaces, such as worktops, tables and windows, and can be spread by touching someone who has it, or by touching a surface that has already been touched by an infected person.
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a cold-like virus that can cause chest infections and serious illness in children and elderly. It is spread by the droplets that are shot into the air when an infected person coughs, as well as through touch. The RSV virus can survive on windows, worktops and door handles for up to six hours, so it's always worth giving everything a thorough clean to protect yourself and your family.
At Domestique, we offer a professional and thorough home cleaning service that gets into all the nooks and crannies. If you want to ensure your home stays bug free, but don’t have the time or energy to do the cleaning yourself, you can call us today on: 0845 625 9895. We work with people all over the UK and pride ourselves on our trustworthy, affordable and reliable service.