Floors and Furniture

Floors and furniture are usually a low risk for spreading germs. Follow these guidelines.

Clean Floors for Baby

Disinfecting floors, furniture, walls, and other surfaces should only be necessary when body fluids, such as vomit or feces, have spilled.

However, keep in mind that when young children and babies crawl on the floor, there is a higher risk of infection. This risk increases if you also have pets.

  • Before putting your baby on the floor, check that the area has been recently vacuumed or washed, and disinfected if necessary. It may be easier to cover the floor with a play mat that you can disinfect or launder when it gets dirty.
  • Make sure there are no small, loose objects that your baby could choke on, or any other hazards, like open heat sources or exposed electrical cords.
  • If possible, do not wait until floors or carpets are visibly dirty to clean them. The more often you clean them, the easier the chore will be.
  • Vacuum carpets and soft furnishings to pick up dust, dust mites, and other debris.
  • Hard surfaces, such as tile, linoleum, or laminates are better options than carpeting in the bathroom and kitchen. Hard surfaces are easier to clean and do not collect debris in the same way that carpets can.
  • Hard surface floorings only require disinfecting if body fluids have spilled onto them. Use disposable paper towels to remove body fluids before cleaning and disinfecting the surface.
  • If you use a mop and bucket, disinfect them after each use and store them dry, with the mop head upwards instead of resting on the floor.
  • Dust with a damp cloth to minimize dust and dirt.
  • To prevent the growth of moulds and fungi, clean and disinfect tiled walls and other hard surfaces where moisture is likely to collect.
  • Do not use bleach on carpets, wooden surfaces, or in confined areas where air cannot circulate. Never mix bleach with other cleaners.