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Coronavirus Cleaning and Disinfection Guide for Facilities

By | 2020-05-16T11:40:33+00:00 May 16th, 2020|COVID19|Comments Off on Coronavirus Cleaning and Disinfection Guide for Facilities

Before everything goes back to normal for businesses, it is essential to have a sanitized and hygienic facility to protect your employees’ and your customers’ health. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has published a clear set of cleaning and disinfection guides for facilities.

Cleaning

Cleaning involves the removal of visible germs, dirt, and soil on surfaces through a cleaning solution (soap and water) applied on surfaces with friction. Cleaning is a prerequisite to disinfection.

 

Cleaning guidelines

  1. Wear disposable gloves to clean and disinfect to avoid cross-contamination.
  2. Clean surfaces using a solution made up of soap and water. After cleaning, only then can you use a disinfectant.
  3. There’s a difference between cleaning and disinfection. Cleaning with soap and water reduces the number of germs, dirt and impurities on the surface. Meanwhile, disinfecting kills germs on surfaces.
  4. Practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces.
    • More frequent cleaning and disinfection may be required based on level of use.
    • Surfaces and objects in public places, such as shopping carts and point of sale keypads should be cleaned and disinfected before each use.
  5. High touch surfaces in your facility include:
    • Tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks, etc.

Disinfection

Disinfection is the process of eliminating most viruses and bacteria. It is usually done with a chemical or bleach solution applied on surfaces through damp cloth, spraying, fogging, and others.

Disinfection Guidelines

  • CDC recommends to use EPA-registered household disinfectants. Remember to follow the instructions on the label for safe and effective use.

Many disinfection products (not all) recommend:

  • Keeping the surface wet for a period of time
  • Wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the disinfectant.
  • Some bleach products can also be diluted and used on surfaces, whenever appropriate.
    • Check the instructions found at the product label of the bleach solution.
    • Check the following:
      • Expiration Date
      • Safe use on colored clothing
      • For whitening
      • If it is suitable for disinfection
    • When properly diluted in water (90%), household bleach is effective against coronaviruses.
    • Proper ventilation may be needed after application of disinfectant solution. Follow the manufacturer’s instruction for proper and safe use. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser.
    • When using bleach, observe:
      • Leave solution on the surface for at least 1 minute.
      • To make a bleach solution, mix:
        • 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water
          OR
        • 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water
      • Bleach solutions are effective for disinfection up to 24 hours.
      • Alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol may also be used in placement of a bleach solution.

Soft surfaces cleaning and disinfection guidelines

Below are cleaning guidelines for soft surfaces such as carpeted floor, rugs, and drapes. Soft surfaces should also be regularly cleaned and disinfected, as it hosts as many viruses and bacteria as hard surfaces.

  • Clean the surface using soap and water or with cleaners appropriate for use on these surfaces.
  • If possible, launder items according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Use the warmest appropriate water setting and dry items completely.

The below alternate disinfection method can also be used:

  • Disinfect with an EPA-registered household disinfectant. There are specific disinfectants that meet EPA’s criteria for use against COVID-19.
  • Vacuum soft surfaces as needed.

Electronics cleaning and disinfection guidelines

Electronics are high-touch surfaces which harbor most germs inside your facility. Below are disinfection guidelines For electronics, such as tablets, touch screens, keyboards, remote controls, and ATM machines.

  • A cover which can be wiped (for example: plastic cover) is preferable on electronics.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instruction for cleaning and disinfecting.
    • If no guidance is available, use alcohol-based wipes or sprays containing at least 70% alcohol.
    • After disinfection, dry the surface thoroughly.

Laundry cleaning and disinfection guidelines

Below are disinfection guidelines for clothing, towels, linens and other items.

  • Launder items according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Use the warmest appropriate water setting while washing and dry items completely.
  • Wear disposable gloves when handling dirty laundry from a person who is sick.
  • Dirty laundry from a person who is sick can be washed with other people’s items.
  • Do not shake dirty laundry to avoid contamination.
  • Clean and disinfect clothes hampers according to guidance above for surfaces.
  • Remove gloves and wash hands right away.

When disinfecting your facility, it is important to be informed with the latest methods and technologies. Hiring a professional disinfection company can help you save time and effort. Saniservice is the leading disinfection company providing services to commercial facilities, warehouses and industrial areas.

Source :https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/disinfecting-building-facility.html

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