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From Kärcher to IKEA, these are the home and interior brands doing their bit in the battle against coronavirus

The global battle against COVID-19 is being fought in part by some of our most beloved home and interior names

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Cleaning technology company Kärcher has played its part by helping the UAE roll out its sterilisation programme

Five months into the coronavirus outbreak, and it’s estimated that as much as a third of the world’s population is living through one form of lockdown or another – be it recommendations to stay home, orders to remain in quarantine facilities or government rulings to only leave the house to seek essential items.

But as we do our bit by staying home to help limit the spread of COVID-19, many of our favourite home and interior brands have been playing their part by sending aid and thanks to those on the frontline.

From Kärcher to Dyson, here’s how they’ve been pitching in:

Kärcher

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Kärcher has helped in the efforts by donating to the disinfection programme

When it comes to cleaning, the German-born cleaning technology manufacturers know how to get down to business. Hence why, when the Dubai Municipality began its sterilisation campaign in late March 2020, the UAE branch of the global company quickly jumped in to offer up its expertise.

Kärcher donated seven machines to the cause and joined the ‘National Disinfection Program’ launched to help stop the spread of the virus in the region.

“Our team assisted the Dubai Municipality along with other governmental departments who deployed their arsenal of advanced cleaning equipment and well-trained work teams to #sterilize public facilities in accordance with the highest international standards,” the company stated.

Why not follow suit and read our guide to disinfecting your own home here.

IKEA

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IKEA has taken to making its own masks after initially donating thousands found in a warehouse

Previously, we wrote about how the global furniture brand had helped out by donating a truck full of masks to a local hospital.

But more recently, IKEA has stepped up its game by getting hands-on in the production process. In early April, it was announced that the Swedish powerhouse had begun manufacturing face masks and other protective gear to supply to hospitals around the world. Hand sanitisers, visors and single-use aprons are also being produced and provided to those in need.

In need of a mask? See our guide to making your own fabric face mask at home.

Dyson

While a favourite to residents in the UAE, technology company Dyson was born in Britain in 1991. Called to duty in the midst of the outbreak, the popular vacuum manufacturer was commissioned by the British government to make 10,000 ventilators for hospitals.

But to show his full support, the company’s billionaire founder James Dyson pledged to donate a further 5,000 to support both the NHS and international health services.

If you’re currently shopping for a new vacuum, here’s what you need to know before clicking ‘add to cart.’

John Lewis

We’re used to John Lewis giving us those warm fuzzy feels with adorable seasonal adverts, but now the British department store has done it again thanks to its efforts during the COVID-19 outbreak.

John Lewis – which opened its first store in Oxford Street, London, in 1929 – has been donating essential everyday items to NHS workers and hospitals such as phone chargers, eye masks, hand creams and pillows.

To bring a little joy to essential workers at this time, John Lewis sent along Easter gifts and treats, too.

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