Which is the dirtiest place in your rental home? Think you know? Chances are a lot of you will give the same answer, and chances are even greater you will all be wrong. Baxton Property Management in Hobart is pretty sure the answer that would spring into most minds immediately, would be the toilet. However, tests have shown that water inside a clean toilet may be quite safe to drink, but Baxton certainly wouldn’t even think of recommending you do so.
You Can’t Brush Off Germ Test Results
While not wanting to give you nightmares, the real villain in terms of the number of germs it houses is not the toilet, but a seemingly innocent bystander that rests comfortably nearby between cleaning operations it performs – in your mouth! Yes, it’s the humble toothbrush, which is used in oral hygiene for the very purpose of removing bacteria-laden food particles and other nasties from your teeth in the interests of your general health. The part that’s not in the small print is how the bristly cleaner hangs onto the treasures it finds while doing so.
To make it even ickier, your brush snuggles in a cup or rack that also breeds bacteria transferred from it or carried there in moisture droplets containing faecal bacteria emitted by the nearby toilet, when it’s flushed. Replace toothbrushes about every three months, and soak that cup with a bit of bleach in the water every week or two.
The Problem’s in The Delivery
Despite the chemicals and other bits and pieces in piped water, it still has the power to clean us, and almost everything else. We usually drink it, too. And that’s all well and good. But the same can’t said of the places that grant it entry or departure. Taps, drains, sinks, showers and baths all provide breeding grounds for mould, germs and bacteria, their warm, wet conditions, particularly inside and around taps and drain outlets, creating an ideal nursery. Good cleaning is necessary in these areas on a regular basis, and even the taps themselves should have their filters removed and scrubbed carefully to avoid build-up of sediment and mould inside them. Cleaning around the base of the toilet is also very important.
Don’t Handle These without Cleaning Them First
Yes, switches, handles and knobs on doors, appliances and cupboards are sneaky germ hosts. It’s not surprising, as while we’re all good about washing our hands after going to the toilet, before we cook or eat, and so on, we seldom think we should do so before opening the bedroom door, or when we are opening the fridge door to get out the ingredients or using appliances for cooking. And often we overlook them when wiping the counters or cleaning in other areas of the house.
When cleaners needs cleaning
How would we get by without sponges and cloths, dishtowels and dusters? We need them to clean things, after all. There’s a catch though. All these are ranked high on the germ levels board of honour for housing the most nasties. Like the toothbrush, these humble and efficient cleaning tools seem to pose a threat for no other reason than that they do their work so well.
Clean dishtowels regularly and soak sponges in a jug of warm water containing about 3ml of concentrated bleach. They’ll all live to work another day.
Baxton hastens to say these cleaning tips aren’t part of the tenant’s obligations regarding keeping the rental clean and tidy in terms of the Residential Tenancy Act. But out of concern for the general health and well-being of both its investment clients and the tenants who live in their properties, Baxton believes in distributing information and ideas that could be of interest to them in its daily blog.
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