Cleaner Sussex’s Watch List:

In Cleaner Sussex, cleaning is taken seriously. Our dedicated team of professionals has mastered all the steps to take and details to see in every service. With our knowledge and experience, here is our list of all problematic microorganisms you ought to look out for and their locations at home.

Category A: Pathogens (Illness-causing Microbes)

1. Protozoa

These are parasites responsible for typical infections inside the stomach. Some extreme cases they lead to include vomiting, stomach ache and diarrhoea.

2. Fungi

These ones nest in toilets, sinks and other damp areas at home. Although they don’t cause as much harm as viruses and bacteria, they are quite a nuisance upon contact with the skin or lungs (if you breathe them in). Mildew and mould are the most common fungus types.

3. Viruses

These creatures latch onto hosts (other living things such as humans) and seize control of their cells in order to survive. Invaded cells are then forced to help a virus multiply before rupturing, and this is how diseases spread. The National Health Service (NHS) website states one virus named Norovirus (a.k.a. the winter vomiting bug) as especially harmful, as it is a top cause of infectious gastroenteritis across England.

4. Pathogenic Bacteria

A rapid population growth is what makes these bacteria quite dangerous. To combat them, it is essential to maintain good hygiene and keep places dry and clean. These bacteria come in various types, as listed by the NHS:

a. Clostridium difficile (C. diff), which can trigger ulceration, diarrhoea, colon bleeding or peritonitis upon extreme infection
b. E. coli 0157, a cause of major intestinal illness
c. Meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
d. Salmonella, a cause of typhoid fever and food poisoning
e. Streptococcus, which can lead to pneumonia

Category B: Hotspots for Pathogens

1. Wet or Moist Spots

Unfortunately, all it takes for most harmful microbes to release spores or grow in numbers is a little water. These creatures can use the smallest breaks or cuts in the skin as breeding ground, which may lead to constant itching or sickness. Therefore, using plasters and washing your hands are musts, especially in the toilet. If someone at home is suffering from diarrhoea, be extra cautious.

2. Uncooked Food

It is a no-brainer: kitchen work and eating require you to thoroughly wash your hands. Some microbes lurking around raw meat or vegetables will transfer to the cutting board and eventually onto your hands. The last thing you want is vomiting up what you just cooked and ate! Every time, you should spend about 20 seconds soaping both sides of each hand and rinsing them with hot water.

3. Your Carpet Floor

You might think there won’t be a problem here with your hands kept off the floor, but here is the truth. The fibres of your carpet are perfect settling spots for germs. They feed on accumulated hairs, pet fur, shoe dirt and skin cells. UnitedCarpetsandBeds.com also mentions traces of urine, pet vomit, faecal bacteria and dust mites as other debris your carpet may store.

When walking along a dirty floor, microorganisms potentially get kicked into the air and end up being inhaled. Coughs, colds or breathing problems can follow. Also bear in mind that rats, roaches and other pests can sense remnants of rubbish on the carpet, and these creatures bring along additional health hazards.

As mentioned in a Mirror Online article by Bianca Castro last April, a study shows over 26 million adults in the UK (41%) have never had their carpets cleaned. Reportedly, 63% of those surveyed didn’t know about the allergens and bacteria unwashed carpets could harbour, while only nine per cent claimed they frequently washed theirs. The article also cites Dr. Lisa Ackerley’s study on mites found in carpets: around 20 waste droppings are produced by a single mite every day, which equates to roughly 20,000 faeces particles per cubic foot of air! Indeed, a dirty carpet adds considerable risk to your overall health at home.

Keep everyone in the house safe from these small but terrible creatures. Make your carpet floor smell fresh and your rooms spotless with Cleaner Sussex! Our services involve no shortcuts – just sublime cleanliness.