Clean and Disinfect Your House Effectively By Using these Guidelines Prepared By Airbnb

The first case of COVID-19 in Malaysia was detected on 24 January 2020 and it was brought in by travellers following the outbreak of the virus in Hubei, China. Until today (24th June 2020), there are a total of 8596 cases reported with 8231 cases recovered.


In April, the Health Director-General Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah pointed out that the partial lockdown and all the movement control order (MCO) can’t fully eliminate the virus, however, the public is encouraged to practice safe distancing (social distancing) and maintain good personal hygiene, especially washing hand frequently with soap and water.


Cleaning is the act of removing germs, dirt, and impurities while sanitizing is when you use chemicals to reduce the number of germs and bacteria.

Recently, Airbnb has launched 19-pages of cleanliness guideline to their host on how to clean their respective unit and help to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As we also need to keep our house clean too; it is best to follow their guideline to clean our own house as well.


According to the CDC, it’s possible for someone to contract COVID-19 by touching a contaminated surface—like a doorknob or light switch—and the virus may live on some surfaces for several hours or even days. That’s why it’s essential to clean and sanitize frequently touched surfaces often.

The difference between cleaning and sanitizing

When it comes to preventing the spread of germs, it helps to understand the difference between cleaning and sanitizing.


Cleaning is the act of removing germs, dirt, and impurities (like when you use a soapy sponge to wipe off a visibly dirty counter or stovetop). Sanitizing is when you use chemicals to reduce the number of germs and bacteria. By cleaning first, then sanitizing, you can lower the risk of infection.

Here are some guidelines to follow when cleaning your space. If you work with a cleaning professional, instruct them to use this list, too.

1. Wear protective gear while you clean. Personal protective items like disposable gloves, aprons or gowns, and facial coverings (like homemade or purchased masks) can provide additional protection. Make sure to wash your hands immediately after removing gloves.

2. Ventilate rooms before you clean. The CDC recommends opening outside doors and windows and using ventilating fans to increase air circulation in the space before beginning to clean an