These are very interesting times right now. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is now a pandemic and there is increasing fear and concern, with stockpiling occurring as we start our lockdown 4-week period and isolate within our homes.

We are now being encouraged to practice ‘social distancing’. This is to avoid close contact – avoid shaking hands or hugging, to try and stop the spread of the virus which is spread via close face to face contact, or touching surfaces that have been contaminated by an infected person.

If there is a risk that you have been exposed to the virus, the government is advising self-isolation. It’s an effective precautionary measure to protect those around you – your family and friends from contracting the virus.

What this means is to stay at home and limit contact with people (other than those family members/companions you may have travelled with) for 14 days.

Whilst it works if you live alone, most of us live with loved ones that we don’t want to expose to the virus. The NZ government on their website say:

“If you are in a home where the others who live with you haven’t travelled or been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, you should minimise close contact with them by avoiding situations where you have face-to-face contact closer than 2 metres for more than 15 minutes. The other household residents do not need to self-isolate provided these precautions are followed.

You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, pillows or other items with other people in your home. After using these items, you should wash them thoroughly with soap and water, place them in the dishwasher for cleaning or wash them in your washing machine”

There are some simple measures that you need to implement to avoid the spread. Cleanliness is key. Ensuring we regularly clean surfaces that we share.

This is where Karcher NZ comes in. They are world leaders in household cleaning technology. They have a vast range of cleaning technologies at

They recently bought out a new addition to help clean hard surface floors: The FC 5 Cordless. 

The FC 5 Cordless floor cleaner enables maximum ease of use when cleaning hard floors. It features a practical 2-in-1 function to pick up wet and dry dirt and hairs in a single step – with no cords involved. This means you can wipe without vacuuming beforehand and without constant plugging and unplugging. The automatically dampened, rotating microfibre rollers pick up dirt and, at the same time, the water-dirt mixture is continuously carried away from the rollers via suction. This practical self-cleaning function means that the rollers remain fresh and ready to use at all times.

They also have an excellent range of cleaning detergents that will help keep your home and family safe in these extraordinary times.

So be safe in your isolation.  Be confident that as a nation and global community, you are doing your part to stop the spread. Thank you.

To learn more, check out the Karcher website for more information.