Tips for Minimising the Spread of Germs in the Kitchen

Apr 20, 2020 | Kitchen Cleaning, Kitchen Splashbacks & Upstands, Kitchen Tips & Advice, Kitchen Worktops, News

Keeping your kitchen clean, hygienic, and safe should be something that we do already, however, during these times of the coronavirus, it’s paramount that we take care of our loved ones by making sure that our kitchens are as clean as they can be.

In addition to cleaning the surfaces of the kitchen regularly, there are also preventative measures to help you safely handle food preparation in the kitchen. Food borne illnesses are never pleasant and there are many ways of preventing issues like these from happening in your home.

Here are some of our tips for maintaining a hygienic and clean kitchen environment.

 

Kitchen Sink Hygiene

One of the most commonly used parts of the kitchen is the sink as it’s needed for most types of work. As a result, it can often be one of the dirtiest places in the kitchen. By regularly cleaning your sink and sanitising it with chemicals, it can help remove build ups of germs and bacteria, especially in the drain.

Here are a few more tips to consider:

  • Before food prep, make sure you wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water.
  • Wash your fruits and vegetables before peeling them.
  • Avoid washing poultry, eggs, or meat in the sink (In particular, washing chicken can spread food poisoning bacteria around your kitchen).

 

Consider Certain Kitchen Materials

For those that are considering a new kitchen design or a kitchen remodel, you may be thinking about which materials would look the best when incorporated into your new kitchen design. However, it’s also important to consider the safety, hygiene, and ease of maintenance of the materials.

To help you find the best combination of style and safety, we have a short list below with all of the cleanest materials.

 

Image of a bright kitchen design.

Laminate CabinetsThese types of cabinets are one of the best low-cost options for having a cabinet that is built to last whilst also looking very stylish. There is a variety of laminate options available that can make your cabinets look exactly like they were made from other natural materials, such as wood and stone. These fit in with almost all types of kitchen designs. Regular cleaning can help reduce the spread of germs on your cabinets and the laminate options provide a low-maintenance way of doing so.

Image of a white kitchen design from Room By Room.

Quartz Kitchen WorktopsThe Quartz material is one of the most resilient, stylish, and hygienic materials that you can use for a kitchen worktop. Quartz is a non-porous material which means that it can prevent bacteria from building up on the surface. This is a very popular material that is used in many types of kitchen designs. In addition to being cleaner, the durability of this material means that it’s less prone to cracking and fissures which means you benefit from longevity. Learn more about the best kitchen worktops for reducing germs here.

Solid Surface Splashback – Similar to the Quartz kitchen worktop, a solid surface splashback uses high-quality natural materials that are non-porous. At Room by Room, we supply Corian products which is also non-porous and resistant to mildew and mould. To keep your kitchen walls clean and unstained, a Splashback can save you the hassle of cleaning the walls and it offers a low-maintenance cleaning solution. All you need to do is wipe down the splashback with a cloth with some soap and water and this can reduce bacteria build-up.

 

Clean Your Cutting Boards

Cutting boards are a fantastic piece of equipment that can protect your brand new countertops from scratches and stains when cutting food. However, these cutting boards can also be a breeding ground for bacteria and germs if they are not used properly and maintained.

Here are a couple of tips for keeping your cutting boards safe and hygienic to use:

  • Use separate cutting boards, plates, and knives for different types of products. For example, you should use a different board for raw meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs.
  • When cleaning your cutting boards, you should use hot water with soap to ensure that germs are killed. If your cutting board is suitable for use in the dishwasher, then you can do that also.

 

Contact Room by Room for Kitchen Design in Wolverhampton

If you’re considering a new fitted kitchen design or are looking for a new kitchen worktop, then please get in touch with us. Our kitchen experts in Wolverhampton have years of experience in designing, supplying, and installing luxury kitchens.

Get in touch with us on 01902 710545 or you can send us an email here.