Former NHS doctors claim you wipe surfaces with the 'S' method

Former NHS doctors claim you wipe surfaces with the 'S' method

December 22, 2020

You’ve been cleaning your home wrong! Infection control experts reveal you should wipe surfaces using the ‘S’ method to avoid spreading bacteria

  • Dr Braverman and Dr Hanouka said we should be using the ‘S’ cleaning method
  • The former NHS doctors suggested wiping surfaces from top to bottom
  • They also said when cleaning you shouldn’t put kitchen utensils on wet surfaces 

While cleaning your home thoroughly is more important than ever during the pandemic, did you know you could be making surfaces dirtier depending on how you wipe them?

Infection control experts, Dr Braverman and Dr Hanouka, have revealed to Ideal Home that many people are unwittingly spreading germs by wiping surfaces in a haphazard way. 

According to the former NHS doctors, the best way to wipe down surfaces without spreading germs is to follow an ‘S’ shape. 

They say the the standard side-to-side method commonly adopted is a mistake many people make because it simply moves dirt and germs from a dirty area to a clean area. 

Former NHS doctors Dr Braverman and Dr Hanouka have revealed their top cleaning tips to prevent spreading germs throughout your house – including using the ‘S’ method for wiping surfaces (stock image)

‘Cleaning surfaces haphazardly, staring in the middle or bottom, and wiping up or down acts to spread germs,’ they said.

‘Working from the top to bottom is the most effective way to wipe, but currently, only 60 per cent of people are using that method.’ 

This method involves working top to bottom in a regular wiping pattern to prevent spreading bacteria all over the surface. 

What is the correct way to clean your surfaces? 

Dr Braverman and Dr Hanouka have revealed five principles to stick to when cleaning your home:

1. Wipe in an ‘S’ shaped pattern

2. Work from top to bottom when cleaning surfaces

3. Wipe from clean to dirty

4. Leave surfaces to air dry for time recommended by manufacturer

5. Use one wipe per surface 

If you switch between clean and dirty areas you put yourself at risk of spreading the filth around your home, according to GAMA Healthcare.

If you don’t follow this principle then you could be dragging dirt, germs and bacteria with you as you clean, rather than killing them at the source.

The former NHS doctors told the magazine that the ‘S’ method prevents you from re-contaminating surfaces that you have already cleaned.

Dr Braverman and Dr Hanouka also warned that you should never put kitchen utensils back onto surfaces before they have finished drying after cleaning. 

This is because many products claim to only be able to kill bacteria after 30 seconds, meaning you need to leave the cleaning agents in place until they have had enough time to act.

Another tip that the doctors revealed was to make sure you replace the wipe you’re using whenever you change surface.

The more a cleaning wipe is used, the less effective it becomes and both doctors suggest sticking to a one wipe, one surface rule. 

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