There is more to learn about the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Based on what is currently known about the virus and about similar coronaviruses that cause SARS and MERS, spread from person-to-person occurs frequently among close contacts. This type of transmission occurs through respiratory droplets, but disease transmission via infectious aerosols is currently not certain. Transmission of coronavirus through respiratory droplets is more common compared to the transmission through contaminated objects and surfaces, like doorknobs, countertops, keyboards, toys, etc. Recent studies show that that SARS-CoV-2 may remain viable for hours to days on surfaces made from a variety of materials. Cleaning of visibly dirty surfaces followed by disinfection is a best practice measure for the prevention of COVID-19 and other viral respiratory illnesses in community settings.
This guideline provides recommendations on the cleaning and disinfection of rooms or areas occupied by those infected with COVID-19. Its purpose is to limit the survival of SARS-CoV-2 in key environments. These recommendations will be updated if additional information is available.
How to Clean and Disinfect
If surfaces are dirty, they should be cleaned using a detergent or soap and water before disinfecting.
For disinfection, the most common EPA-registered household disinfectants should be effective.
Always read and follow the directions on the label to ensure safe and effective use.
Wear skin protection and consider eye protection for potential splash hazards
Ensure adequate ventilation
Don’t use more than the amount recommended on the label
Use water at room temperature for dilution
Avoid mixing chemical products
Label diluted cleaning solutions
Store and use chemicals out of the reach of children and pets
Do not eat, drink, breathe, or inject these products into your body or apply directly to your skin as they can cause severe damages. Do not wipe or bathe pets with these products or any other products that are not approved for animal use.
For soft surfaces such as carpeted floor, rugs, and drapes, evacuate visible contamination if present and clean with recommended cleaning solutions. If the items can be laundered, launder items in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions using the warmest appropriate water setting for the items and then dry items completely.
Otherwise, use products that are EPA-approved for use against the virus that causes COVID-19external icon and that is suitable for porous surfaces.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Hand Hygiene
The risk of exposure to cleaning staff is inherently low. Cleaning staff should wear disposable gloves and gowns for all tasks in the cleaning process, including handling trash.
Gloves and gowns should be compatible with the disinfectant products being used.
Additional PPE might be required based on the cleaning/disinfectant products being used and whether there is a risk of the splash.
Gloves and gowns should be removed carefully to avoid contamination of the wearer and the surrounding area. Ensure you clean your hands after removing gloves.
If gowns are not available, coveralls, aprons, or work uniforms can be worn during cleaning and disinfecting. Reusable (washable) clothing should be laundered afterward. Clean hands after handling dirty laundry.
Gloves should be removed after cleaning a room or area occupied by ill persons. Clean hands immediately after gloves are removed.
Cleaning staff should immediately report breaches in PPE such as a tear in gloves or any other potential exposures to their supervisor.
If you want to disinfect and clean the community facilities, you can count on Home Plus Restoration for a professional job.
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