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With relaxation being high on the list of why people choose to cruise we've put together a few tips on how to disinfect and purify your cruise cabin so that you can sail away knowing that your space is fresh! You'll need to bring your disinfectant of choice from essential oils to hospital grade disinfectant and something to wipe down your surfaces.
These tips have been put together as a second clean of your cabin. Your cruise team will ensure that your room is clean and ready for you. This is a non-essential suggestion for people who like an extra level of purification
Wash Your Hands
The best thing you can do is wash your hands and keep your hands away from your face. Most illnesses enter the body through the mouth, nose, and eyes. Keeping your hands clean and away from your face is the best protection against germs, especially after a day of walking around the ship and touching public spaces like tables, stair hand rails and tables.
Disinfect High Touch Surfaces
High touch surfaces are welcoming home to germs and as such, should be the first place you sanitize when you enter your room. Door handles, tables where food is enjoyed, toilet buttons, and the bathroom tap are high touch areas to address first. There's also no harm in wiping down all surfaces while you've got your cleaning products out. Look for cleaning products that contain at least 70% alcohol as not all wipes kill bacteria.
Avoid Soft Furnishings
Decorative soft furnishings make the cabin look comfortable and welcoming; however, it's best to avoid cushions, bedspreads and other soft furnishings as these areas are not always washed before each sailing. You can ask your room steward to store them while you're on the ship.
Glassware and Cutlery
If there is glassware and cutlery in your cabin, give these a wash with soap, detergent or even body wash before use.
Find a Home For Your Shoes and Bags
Keeping germ-carrying items away from high contact areas will further increase your chance of limiting the germs in your cabin. Take your shoes off when you enter the room and place them inside the wardrobe or tucked under a side table. You do not want anyone putting their shoes on the bed or chair. Your bag can also be a germ-carrying item; especially if your bag was placed on the ground while waiting to board the ship. There will likely be a suitcase holder or place in your wardrobe to store your bag.
Use the Hand Sanitizer
You'll notice that as you enter and leave any dining area on the ship, there will be hand sanitizer for use, while you'll feel like you're using a lot of hand sanitizer don't get blasé about it, this stuff is helping to keep any nasties away! Remember that hand sanitizer and hand-washing are not interchangeable, use hand sanitizer when it's on offer but not in replacement of hand washing.
Don't touch the TV remote
TV remotes have been proven again and again to be one of best bacteria breeding zones in households, hotels and cruise ships. Don't even touch it! Put the remote straight into a clear sandwich bag to cover it and use the buttons through the bag.
Watch where you put your bags
It's so easy to place heavy suitcases on the bed. But public shared beds can contain bed bugs. And the best way to spread them is to put your clothing near them. So place your luggage on the floor or on the luggage rack provided.
Rest your weary head
You'll want to enjoy a good night's sleep, but pillows often aren't disinfected between every departure. Invest in a waterproof pillow protector to ensure breathing easy while you relax and rest your weary head after a day of fun around the ship.