SOURCE: ShurTech Brands, LLC

ShurTech Brands, LLC

March 24, 2016 09:05 ET

New Products Simplify Spring Cleaning

Frightening Facts and Solutions to Conquer Kitchen Germs

AVON, OH--(Marketwired - Mar 24, 2016) - The kitchen is a hot spot for family time, entertaining, socializing... and germs. That's right -- the kitchen is actually listed as the "germiest" area in the home, according to a study by the NSF International (National Sanitation Foundation), making it the perfect room to focus spring cleaning efforts.

1) Fact: The kitchen is probably dirtier than a toilet seat1.

Solution: Clean shelves and pantry areas -- where food spills and germs are plentiful -- at least once a month with a natural cleaning solution and then add shelf liner to help keep these surfaces clean. Easy Liner® brand shelf liner by Duck® brand is an excellent choice, as they are available in a variety of technologies and colors to meet your needs. Plus, most are machine-washable, so when a big spill does come along, just toss the liner in the wash and re-use.

2) Fact: More than 75% of dish sponges/rags tested contained Coliform -- a family of bacteria that includes Salmonella and E. coli2.

Solution: Get a sponge back in proper cleaning condition by wetting it and popping it in the microwave for two minutes to eliminate germs. However, once a sponge starts smelling -- it's best to toss it and replace with a new one.

3) Fact: In a study of 160 households, 72.9% of surfaces tested were found positive for mold. Mold was found under the kitchen sink in nearly 83% of the homes3.

Solution: Warm and moist environments are breeding grounds for germs. Check the area under the kitchen sink often, for condensation from dish washers or sink leaks. Similar to the pantry and shelves, clean the area monthly -- and utilize shelf liner to protect the bottom of the cabinet surface.

1 Dr. Charles Gerba (a.k.a. Dr. Germ), University of Arizona in Tucson
2 NSF International
3 Occurrence of Household Mold and Efficacy of Sodium Hypochlorite Disinfectant; Kelly A. Reynolds,1 Stephanie Boone,2 Kelly R. Bright,3 and Charles P. Gerba3

As spring cleaning season is upon us, carve out an afternoon for cleaning remedies to knock out the mess, and pesky germs, in no time. For more information on Easy Liner® brand shelf liner by Duck® brand, visit www.duckbrand.com.

DUCK® BRAND
The Duck® brand offers an array of tapes, packaging supplies and home products that provide simple, imaginative and helpful solutions for a variety of tasks around the home, school and office. Visit duckbrand.com for additional product information.

SHURTECH BRANDS, LLC
ShurTech® Brands, LLC, markets DIY (Do It Yourself), EIY (Express It Yourself) and Home & Office consumer products under the Duck®, FrogTape®, Painter's Mate Green® and Shurtape® brands. The company is a subsidiary of Shurtape Technologies, LLC, Hickory, N.C., an industry-leading producer of pressure sensitive masking, duct, packaging and specialty tape products, with facilities in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, Mexico, Peru, United Arab Emirates and China. Shurtape services numerous markets, including industrial, packaging, HVAC, professional paint, auto, marine, aerospace, arts and entertainment, and retail. Shurtape also manufactures and markets the Shurtape® and Kip® brands. Visit shurtech.com for more information.

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