OUR homes are very much our sanctuary and safe space; it is where we seek refuge, comfort and peace, especially during these unprecedented times.
With the Covid-19 outbreak, the various stages of movement control orders being implemented throughout Malaysia has left us with no choice but to stay home in efforts to flatten the curve.
With this, our homes have taken on a whole new meaning and been redefined as a place to work, eat, sleep and live — all under one roof.
With everyone seeking safety in the comfort and security of their four walls, it is critical to take additional safety measures to ensure a healthy environment while being indoors.
The World Health Organisation encourages individuals to practise good hygiene habits even at home, which includes cleaning and disinfecting frequently-touched surfaces and objects.
High-touch surfaces at home include items such as doorknobs, window handles, kitchen countertops, toilets and taps, personal mobile devices, keyboards and general work surfaces, all of which are recommended to be cleaned daily after usage, using soap and water where possible, followed by a disinfectant.
A thorough disinfecting process ensures germs, viruses and bacteria are minimised to keep the home safe and clean.
To further inhibit the growth of germs, bacteria and viruses at home, it is important to clean surfaces such as floors, ceilings and even walls.
The Indoor Wellness Survey conducted by Nippon Paint Malaysia, revealed that only 25% of respondents cleaned their living room walls weekly, while less than half (43%) cleaned their bedroom walls only once a year or never.
This shows that houseowners disregard the importance of cleaning walls because of the misconception that these surfaces rarely accumulate dirt.
Keeping these surfaces spick and span prevents the build-up of all kinds of pathogens, which often goes unnoticed.
Bacteria and viruses that are commonly invisible to the naked eye, are often airborne and able to survive on surfaces, including walls, floors and ceilings.
With everyone encouraged to stay home during these unprecedented times, why not repaint the largest surface area first?
Start by repainting the walls within common areas — from the biggest room to the smallest to mitigate the risk of being in contact with bacteria and viruses.
Equipped with anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties, Nippon Paint VirusGuard is lab-tested to be 99% effective against the human coronavirus (strain 229E).
Utilising Silver Ion Technology, Nippon Paint VirusGuard is also deemed to be effective in mitigating the growth of viruses and bacteria such as the hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD), influenza A (H1N1), Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus, when in contact with the paint film.
“In light of this pandemic, consumers are now prioritising their health and wellness more than ever to keep their loved ones safe and sound.
“Nippon Paint has recognised the need to ensure a safe and healthy environment while at home by taking proactive measures, including repainting walls on top of regular cleaning and disinfecting of frequently-used surfaces, ” said Nippon Paint Malaysia marketing assistant general manager Datin Wong Meng Lee.
Lab-tested to be safe for adults, children and even animals, the Silver Ion Technology is aimed at preventing the spread of viruses and bacteria through a three-step approach, depending on the structure of the various bacteria and viruses.
It works by destroying or deactivating the respective membranes or cell wall, causing them to be non-functional and eventually causing the death of viruses and bacteria.
“Aside from caring for our physical, social and mental well-being, our surroundings and environment is a core factor too, ” said Malaysian Wellness Society president Datuk Dr Rajbans Singh.
During these challenging times, it is important to stay healthy by practising frequent cleaning habits at home, taking proactive measures to ensure the well-being of your loved ones and complying with the standard operating procedures implemented by the Health Ministry.
In addition, kick-starting this do-it-yourself home repainting project can be a fun family bonding project where parents can involve their little ones.