Together we can make sure our facilities are keeping everyone safe!
To keep everyone safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is imperative that we keep our facilities clean and disinfected for our employees and building occupants. This quick reference guide highlights the key ways you can get ahead, and stay ahead, of what’s now an even more important job!
Clean Hard Surfaces
- First, wear disposable rubber gloves whenever you’re cleaning and disinfecting
- Clean surfaces using soap and water. Practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (see note).
High touch surfaces include: Tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks, etc.
Disinfecting Hard Surfaces
- Clean the area or item with soap and water or another detergent if it is dirty. Then, use disinfectant.
- Be sure to check that your disinfectants are EPA-registered household disinfectants which are certified for use.
- Follow the instructions on the label to ensure safe and effective use of the product.
Many products recommend:
- Keeping surface wet for a period of time (see product label)
- Precautions such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product.
- Alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol may also be used.
Cleaning and Disinfecting Soft Surfaces
For soft surfaces such as carpeted floor, rugs, and drapes
- Clean the surface using soap and water or with cleaners appropriate for use on these surfaces.
- Launder items (if possible) according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Use the warmest appropriate water setting and dry items completely.
Cleaning and Disinfecting Electronics
For electronics, such as tablets, touch screens, keyboards, remote controls, and ATM machines
- Consider putting a wipeable cover on electronics.
- Follow manufacturer’s instruction for cleaning and disinfecting.
- If no guidance, use alcohol-based wipes or sprays containing at least 70% alcohol. Dry surface thoroughly.
Cleaning and Disinfecting Laundry
For clothing, towels, linens and other items
- Launder items according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Use the warmest appropriate water setting 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.
- Clean and disinfect clothes hampers according to guidance above for surfaces.
- Remove gloves, and wash hands right away.