Tackling germs and injuries

November 20th, 2015 Category: Local Authority & Housing

Many people are unwittingly harbouring germs in the home due to lax cleaning practices.

Many people may be harbouring dangerous germs in the home due to lax hygiene practices, according to new findings.

Some 1,500 people were polled for the study, which found that the vast majority (80 per cent) of people they polled allowed guests to wear shoes in their home.

While this may seem relatively harmless, the fact is that this can create a hotbed of germs and  significantly add to the cleaning burden.

The findings, published by doormat providers Turtle Mat, showed that residents in Plymouth, Glasgow and Belfast were least likely to ask guests to take their shoes off in their homes.

Data published within the report showed that men were the least house-proud, with 13 per cent admitting to keeping on their shoes, compared to eight per cent of women who do the same.

Chris Griffiths from HealthySole said in an interview published by Cleaning Matters: "Virtually all types of bacteria, viruses and fungi can be found on the soles of shoes, and these organisms survive well on shoe soles because we continuously step in damp and dirty environments.

"Studies show that nine out of ten pairs of shoes carry Coliform, an organism that originates from faecal matter. It has also been proven that C. difficile (deadly diarrhoea), which infects half a million people a year, is found on 39 per cent of shoe soles."

The report showed that despite being less likely to take off their shoes, 22 per cent of men always asked guests to take their shoes off, compared to 17 per cent of women.

Furthermore, the study showed that the pathogens found on shoes are 99 per cent more likely to transfer to floors and these  get distributed throughout the home.

These toxins then spread to surfaces including food, toothbrushes and worktops, according to Turtle Mat.

Rebecca Wilson from Turtle Mat said: "With the advent of the festive period shortly approaching, these findings are highly relevant. Allowing your guests to keep shoes on inside the home can allow bacteria and virus to easily spread. Regular cleaning of your doormats, vacuuming carpets and washing shoes with detergent are the best ways to fight bacteria in your home."

Technology reduces cleaning injuries

An entrepreneur has created a novel way to reduce cleaning injuries, it has been reported. 

Dan Koval arranged for a team of designers and ergonomists to visit hotels in London and the US to meet with cleaners to discuss the issues they face when conducting their duties.

He discovered that 91 per cent of room attendants experience pain at work. Furthermore, he revealed that 66 per cent take pain medication just to be able to go to work.

To tackle this problem, Mr Koval invented a new mopping system called Duop, which includes a ball-and-socket mechanism that can pivot 360 degrees when the ball on the head is snapped into the socket.

The head can also be removed by hand. This is designed to make it much easier to clean surfaces, without risking the health and wellbeing of cleaners.