Wash Your Mats

 Minimise the spread of germs in your building by using a mat washing service. UK Mats wash 20,000 mats a week in detergent and hot water to ensure your mats are fully clean. For all you mat washing requirements please contact us and we will be happy to assist. 

 COVID-19 on Shoes 

Infectious disease specialists have warned that COVID-19 can live on the soles of shoes for up to five days, with footwear more likely to carry coronavirus if it has been worn in busy areas like supermarkets, airports or on public transport. 

In a fresh study made public in a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s journal, scientists discovered that around 50% of medical employees stationed at intensive care units had the coronavirus on the bottoms of their shoes. In addition, the finding revealed that the floor of the pharmacy only health-care workers walk on (not patients) was highly infectious.

This contamination is then transferred wherever people walk before having the chance to disinfect their shoes, and so to your mats and floors each time someone enters your premisses. 

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 Transfer Risk Reduction 

People who are not working from home and continuing to commute, like healthcare workers and shop assistants, are advised to use one pair of shoes for any time spent out of the house. 

However, it’s not always practical to ask people to change shoes when entering your business premises. So # Wash Your Mats with us!

Shoes made of mesh or canvas can be put through the washing machine. According to the UK’s National Health Service fabrics should be washed at a high temperature (60°C) with washing products containing bleach to increase the power of disinfecting.
Shoes made of materials such as leather or other sensitive materials can be disinfected by using normal soap and water, but you should try it on a small area (e.g. inside the shoe) first just to make sure they won’t get damaged.

 COVID-19 on other surfaces 

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine showed coronavirus can live on cardboard for 24 hours and on stainless steel and plastic for up to to three days.  Frequently touched surfaces like taps, phone cases, door handles, computer keyboards and toilets should be cleaned using bleach or alcohol solutions of at least 70 percent alcohol. 

Sources: I Intelligence & The Daily Mail