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Five facts you didn't know about cleaning

Cleaning can be a time-consuming job that may seem like more of a chore than a healthy activity. However, it can be as beneficial for your health as exercising on a daily basis. Most people may know why it is a necessary task, but here are five facts that we bet you don’t know about cleaning.

Cleaning burns calories

If you don’t like going to the gym, get that vacuum out. Not only will a vacuum minimise dust in your home but it can boost your metabolism and help manage your weight. Pushing your vacuum cleaner around the house can burn a lot of calories; in fact, vacuum cleaning can burn the same amount of calories as a 30-minute workout. So to stay healthy, start cleaning!

Your desk is dirtier than your toilet

Your work desk can contain more bacteria than your toilet seat. In addition, your office space can contain around 400 times more germs than your toilet bowl and your phone could have over 4100 germs per square centimetre. It is important to regularly clean your workspace as you can reduce sick days by up to 30%.

Antibacterial cleaner only works after 30 seconds

To be truly effective in cleaning your kitchen, antibacterial cleaner should be left on surfaces for 30 to 60 seconds before wiping away. While on the subject of kitchens, did you know that bacteria and other illness-causing microbes are more prevalent in food storage and preparation areas than in any other location of the house?

Germs can live on surfaces for up to three days

Germs can survive for up to three days on moist surfaces, including kitchen and bathroom sinks. They will survive for several hours on dry surfaces, such as toys and furniture. Salmonella can, in fact, survive on dry surfaces for at least 24 hours. So, to prevent these germs from multiplying, make sure you disinfect these surfaces thoroughly.

You can clean your microwave with lemon and water

To clean your microwave quickly, put a glass of water with lemon juice inside it and microwave for five minutes. The steam will help to soften dry food particles, making them easier to wipe off. Clean the microwave with a damp cloth and enjoy the added benefit of a lemon scent.

These are five cleaning facts that you probably didn't know. They can help you keep your home and office clean and germ-free. If you don't have the time to clean these spaces, consider hiring a professional company that knows the importance of deep cleaning and using environmentally-friendly practices.


IWESCO offers specialised cleaning and waste control services to industrial and commercial customers in South Africa. These services are aimed at minimising our customers’ impact on the environment. Our services also include pest control, garden maintenance, fogging and disinfecting. Our staff are highly trained to offer the most professional services. IWESCO is a Level 2 B-BBEE supplier with ISO 14001 certification for environmental management.

We are a one-stop shop for all your contract cleaning and waste control needs and have a national footprint. Our head office is located in Tshwane but we can provide services to any industrial and commercial client in the major metropolitan areas around South Africa, including Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Mbombela and more.

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