With the implementation of the restricted movement order to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the country, Malaysians are advised to stay at home or work at home and not to go out unnecessarily within these 2 weeks. Since we spend most of our time inside our house, indoor air quality and cleanliness are important to ensure we have a relaxing stay and a healthier home.

According to an Indoor Wellness Survey by Nippon Paint Malaysia conducted last year showed that 60% of surveyed Malaysians (or 6 out of every 10 respondents) have poor indoor air quality. With this regard, Nippon Paint Malaysia launched their Indoor Wellness Programme in 2019, and teamed up with Dr Rajbans, President of the Malaysian Wellness Society, to educate the public on the importance of indoor wellness and the necessary steps to improve the overall air wellness at home to minimise or eliminate indoor pollutants.

Here are some suggested preventive measures you can take to maintain a safe and healthy indoor environment during this critical time in your spaces at home:

1. Living Room

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High-touch surfaces at home such as tables, countertops, door knobs and light switches are more likely to be exposed to unwanted bacteria. Keep the area clean by practicing these tips:

  • Vacuum and mop twice a week or more
  • Opt for coatings with anti-bacterial properties
  • Install air purifiers with a High-Efficiency Particulate Air filter to better eliminate dust
  • Air out new furniture that may contain Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) particles

2. Bedroom

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As the bedroom is one of the commonly used places at home where people get their rest and relax, it is key to keep this space spick and span. Try these steps:

  • Vacuum and mop the floors at least twice a week
  • Use natural carpet fresheners instead of artificially-scented sprays
  • Put snake plants or golden pothos in your room as it encourages improved indoor air quality
  • Wipe the blades of the ceiling fan once a week

3.  Bathroom

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Shared spaces like bathrooms are exposed to the most bacteria on surfaces such as the walls, countertop and sink areas. Here are some tips to keep the area clean:

  • Keep the walls and floors clean at least twice a week
  • Invest in exhaust fans to reduce humidity in the area
  • Store toiletries in an enclosed space
  • Carry out regular plumbing checks to avoid water leakages

4. Kitchen

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For those who cooks in the kitchen frequently, make sure to take precautions and ensure that your surroundings are kept clean as best possible. Quick tips include:

  • Mop the kitchen floor daily with warm soapy water to ensure the surfaces are clean
  • Install smoke or exhaust fans for better ventilation
  • Clear garbage daily to eliminate bacterial growth
  • Choose coatings with good washability

“The public needs to understand that Environmental Wellness is an important dimension within the Wellness Wheel, which comprises of 7 dimensions related to individual’s overall health and wellness – emotional, intellectual, physical, social, environmental, financial, and spiritual. All dimensions are interconnected and plays an important role in achieving a well-rounded, holistic and balanced lifestyle. Many tend to overlook Indoor wellness due to its ‘almost invisible’ nature. I hope that through the INDOOR WELLNESS GUIDELINE, we can further educate Malaysian homeowners on the importance of good indoor air quality through various awareness and educational initiatives,” shared Dato’ Dr Rajbans Singh

Last but not least, stay safe and stay at home! Don’t forget to put these habits into practice too:

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Follow public health advice, travel advisory, and avoid crowds and other social distancing measures
  • Stay informed of regular updates and precautionary measures

Read also: How To Protect Yourself From COVID-19 (Updated)