Here are our simple steps for staying safe and keeping illness at bay.

Key Points

  • Clean all surfaces with a cleaning solution and leave stand for at least 3-5 minutes 
  • Provide fresh towels, linens and hand towels for all new guests
  • Provide access to disposable tissues, hand soap, and sanitizer
  • Regularly wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds

With the continuing threat of infectious diseases, it is important to be vigilant when it comes to the health and safety of your guests. Many diseases such as the flu and the common cold are often prevalent during winter, but can equally be contracted at any time of the year. Hence, it is vital to maintain your standards of cleanliness and consistency no matter what the season.

Furthermore, in light of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, the continuing commitment to sanitation is now more important than ever.

For the protection of guests:

  • Continue to wash all surfaces regularly and disinfect thoroughly between stays. Of course, areas that are more commonly used, such as doorknobs, handles, toilet levers, remote controls and light switches need particular attention.
  • Most cleaning products work best after being left to stand for between 3-5 minutes. It is important to note that surfaces cleaned with antibacterial wipes may dry shortly after use, so more than one should be used to ensure the surface remains wet long enough to offer full protection. 
  • Towels and linens must be regularly washed. Ideally, each guest should have their own hand towel to avoid cross-contamination. If possible, towels and linen should be cleaned every couple of days, so it might be worth considering guests have enough supplies to do so.
  • To help guests prevent the spread of germs it is advised to supply plenty of disposable tissues, paper towels, hand sanitizer, and soap. 

For the protection of cleaners:

  • Owners, caretakers, and cleaners can protect themselves by wearing gloves, especially when handling bins, food and other waste. If possible, consider changing the type of waste bin in your property to hands-free. 
  • Remember to wash your hands often and thoroughly! In the absence of close contact with others, germs picked up on your hands is by far the most likely way infections can spread. Germs on your hands aren’t necessarily a problem, but if you touch your face, particularly eyes, mouth or nose then this gives germs an opportunity to enter the body. Make sure you’re using soap and warm water and scrub for at least 20 seconds. 

If you are worried about the impact of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) on the holiday industry you can keep up to date with our latest guidance and policies on our website:

https://www.qualitycottages.co.uk/coronavirus-updates

For more information on preventing the spread of viruses, visit:

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/index.html

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

We know that the health of you and your guests is paramount, so we hope this information will help to alleviate any fears and lead to many more happy and care-free holidays.