PROTECT YOURSELF TO PROTECT OTHERS
Begin by wearing gloves. Disposable gloves are best, but if they are not available, multi-use gloves can be washed after every room.
Wear shoe covers for residential environments. Masks are not needed unless you are working in a confined space with a known hazard.
Wear separate ‘cleaning clothes’ and wash them daily.
Wash your hands frequently - before beginning work, after completing a room, before & after a break.
CLEAN FIRST - DISINFECT SECOND
This means that you should take normal steps to remove dust, dirt, grease, and food from whatever area you are cleaning. Vacuum, wipe, and mop as you usually would. Use the mildest, safest chemicals to get the job done. In many cases, a dry or damp (water only) microfiber cloth is ideal. For greasy messes in the kitchen or buildup in the bathroom, dish soap is hard to beat. In times of anxiety, it is common to overuse chemicals. This does not make them more effective, and it can waste precious resources.
Now that your target environment is clean, take steps to disinfect, which means using appropriate chemicals to kill germs, bacteria, and viruses.
DEDICATE & SEPARATE YOUR TOOLS & SUPPLIES
Clean & disinfect tools after every room - this includes vacuum floor tools and other tools that come into contact with surfaces.
For the microfiber cloths, use a color coding system that is easy to remember. For example, if RED means disinfecting, no other color is used for disinfecting, and we don’t use RED anywhere else.
MATCH THE CHEMICAL TO THE SURFACE
It is not practical or even possible to disinfect every single surface in a given area. Focus on high-touch areas and easy transmission paths that can spread disease. For residential settings this includes: door knobs, light switches, handles on appliances, faucets, sinks, toilets, counter tops, TV remotes or game consoles and furnishings. Commercial or work place settings would include elevator buttons, stair railings, desks, chairs, phones, keyboards & mouse areas, and break rooms or lunch rooms.
The Centers for Disease Control has published a list of chemicals that are effective for the COVID-19 virus. This list is not exhaustive, but is a very good guide. Always refer to the individual chemical manufacturer for the most complete information.
ROOM BY ROOM DISINFECTING GUIDE
So, how can you take the above principals and apply them in a practical way to your environment?
Here is a step-by-step guide for the following areas of the home. Remember, before you get started, gather all your equipment & supplies and put on your personal protective equipment.
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The need for effective cleaning of our homes, workplaces and public areas is more important than ever before. How can we meet this challenge? Here are some steps we are taking at Oceana Clean.