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Your Top Tips

Don’t let pests take over your home. Keep these simple and effective solutions handy, so you can act fast if a pest problem arises. These are our top tips for keeping the bugs at bay.

1. Remove Shoes when Entering the House

Studies have shown that the bottoms of shoes are more likely to carry bugs that may induce stomach upsets, such as Clostridium difficile, than bathroom surfaces. So it’s a good idea to make sure that everyone entering your home takes off their shoes at the door and cleans off any mud or debris outside.

2. Problems with Dust

We all know how quickly dust can build up behind furniture and on cabinets. Dust can carry allergens causing fungal skin infections and respiratory issues and whilst it is important to vacuum regularly and open up windows to allow air to ventilate, spraying DEW Air into the room, will be 99.995% effective in killing any pathogens that are airborne. It will also help to settle the dust and kill any nasties on the surfaces on which the tiny DEW Air particles land.

3. Take Care of the Floor

If you have pets or infants who are likely to crawl around on the floor, whether carpeted or not, using the vacuum once a week and mopping floors should suffice to keep your young ones safe. Although the risks of catching an infection from your floor is relatively low, spraying with DEW Air or Disinfectant will kill bacteria like Staphylococcus aureus and Clostridium difficile, which are known to survive in dry conditions.

4. Bedding is a Harbour for Bugs

A third of your life is spent in bed, which is a lot of contact with your bedding. Bedding should be changed at least once a fortnight and although washing bed linen at 40°C degrees, or more, will kill most of the bacteria, it’s much better to be safe and use DEW Disinfect, instead of your usual fabric conditioner. Pillows and duvets should be washed every month or two and sprayed with DEW Air.

5. Purge Your Pets

Pets can carry potentially harmful bacteria like Salmonella and Campylobacter, or viruses such as Toxoplasmosis, so it’s wise to make sure you wash your hands after handling pets and don’t forget to wash their bedding regularly. Spraying DEW Air onto the bedding will prevent the building up of harmful bacteria and viruses, DEW Disinfect can also be added to water for washing pets instead of a detergent, particularly for dogs, not only will it kill those harmful pathogens, but is will remove any ‘dog’ smells as well.

6. Cleaner Gardening

It’s advisable to wear gloves if you’re going to be handling soil or compost in the garden as this can harbour pathogens like Pseudomonas and Clostridium botulinum. If you have pet, there is always the risk of coming across their excrement, so after cleaning up, add DEW Disinfectant to the water in a watering can 1:6 and sprinkle the area to kill those germs. Don’t forget to wash your hands after gardening, paying close attention to underneath your fingernails too.

7. Banish the Bugs from Your Bins

Your kitchen bin can be a hot spot of bacteria with food spoilage and spillage an issue. Ideally you should use a bin with a closing lid and a bin liner which can be tied before putting into an outside bin. Make sure you wash your hands after contact with your bin, wipe down any common touch-points and spray with DEW Disinfectant. It’s also a good idea to spray into the bin occasionally to neutralise any bad smells.

8. Carefree Kitchens

Washing your hands and cleaning work surfaces are the quickest, cheapest and easiest ways to practice good kitchen hygiene, help prevent the spread of germs and also help protect your family from illness. Research has shown that the kitchen is the most germ-ridden room in the house so it is even more important to practice effective hand hygiene here when cooking and preparing food. Using DEW Disinfectant in your kitchen is 99.995% effective at killing bacteria, viruses, fungi and spores.

9. Beautiful Bathrooms

Unsurprisingly, your bathroom can be a huge transmitter of bacteria like Salmonella, Campylobacter, Norovirus and E. coli which can all cause stomach upsets. To reduce the risk of contracting these, make sure you clean common touch-points like toilet flush handles, taps and light-switches/pull-cords regularly with DEW Disinfectant spray. Shower heads can also build up water-borne pathogens like Legionella and Pseudomonas, so regular spraying with DEW Disinfectant will make sure these are free from bacteria and limescale.

10. Living Room Hygiene

Remote controls, tablets and light switches can be perfect breeding ground for cold and flu viruses including Norovirus. Regular cleaning and disinfection of these items are recommended, particularly if there are family members who have been recently ill. DEW Disinfectant sprayed directly on or onto a cloth to wipe light switches and remotes is ideal for this.

11. What about your Car?

Microbiologists from Nottingham University took swabs from steering wheels, foot wells and seats and put them on agar plates to see what grew. They found E coli liberally sprinkled around. The actual frequency of E coli and other bugs wasn’t available in reports of this research, but other studies have found between 283 and 700 bacteria per sq cm in the average car. This compares with an average of 500 bacteria per sq cm on a public toilet. Using DEW AIR, simply start the car, turn on the AC in re-circulation mode and spray liberally in the car, or through a slightly open window. After about 5 minutes, over 99% of all the nasties will be dead.