Virus and Bacteria Cleaning Guidelines

Hygiene Standards for Coronavirus COVID-19

Please bear in mind that these coronavirus cleaning recommendations are scientific and the most beneficial to professional cleaning companies.

If you’re business is in need of infection control services due to contamination with coronavirus, or more general information about the services applicable to your company, call CleanMD today on 01273 034 028Moreover, these recommendations are not conclusive as the situation is constantly evolving as more information is disseminated.

Guidelines on Cleaning COVID-19 Coronavirus

These recommendations are intended to help reduce the risk of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) spreading from infected surface contact.

Site leaders are required to review these instructions with their cleaning companies or company staff (as applicable) to ensure they are followed immediately. It is also recommended that site leaders (or designatees) observe the actual cleaning process regularly to ensure proper compliance. Although each facility and procedure will be different, special attention should be paid to the following areas:

  • Human community areas (including, but not limited to, offices, meeting rooms, canteens / cafeterias, locker rooms and reception areas) 
  • Hygiene services (including, but not limited to, lavatories / toilets, restrooms, hand-washing stations)
  • Dispensaries (including, but not limited to, medical and first aid stations, emergency showers and eyewash stations)

What surfaces to clean? – Touchpoint cleaning

  • Crockery, trays and cutlery
  • Canteen tables and chairs
  • Toilets and all surfaces within
  • Sinks, taps and kitchen areas
  • Drinks dispensers
  • Water fountains
  • Lifts, their doors & buttons
  • Vending machines
  • Doorknobs and door handles
  • Desktops and all work surfaces
  • Computer monitors, keyboards, mice
  • Light switches and dimmer switches
  • Telephone equipment
  • Tablets and laptops
  • All chair rests and arms

Frequency of COVID-19 Coronavirus Cleaning

The areas mentioned above should be cleaned at least regularly, and between shifts if necessary. Sites should use a commercial wash, detergent and water disinfectant, or commercial anti-microbial products. The general principle is that the more people who touch surfaces, the more frequently they will clean the surface.

Internal or external cleaning workers must routinely clean work areas frequented by employees.

Provide disposable wipes or other cleaning items so that employees may wipe frequently used surfaces before each usage.

The disinfectants should be prepared and distributed according to the instructions of the supplier. Make sure adequate contact time is given before the disinfectant is rinsed or removed. For guidelines on disinfectants that should be used, please see the Disinfectants section below or refer to the European Guidelines.

Disinfection guidance, in addition to the European guidelines

  • Cleaning staff should wear disposable gloves, disposable long-sleeved gowns, eye masks or face covers and an N95 disposable respirator or equivalent during cleaning.
  • Gloves should be removed and discarded if they are soiled or damaged and a new pair to be worn.
  • Disinfection may be restricted to different locations within the facility where the infected individual has spent time.
  • The active ingredients listed below and their effective concentrations have been demonstrated to be effective against known coronaviruses. Many therapies that are successful against identified coronavirus include steam and heat therapy, in addition to using cleaning agents. All disinfectants are to be used according to the directions of the manufacturer.
  • Soak cloths, mops, etc. with a disinfectant or bleach solution and stop spray applications that can create splashes and disperse the virus.
  •  Scrub tabletops, tables, benches or other horizontal surfaces with the disinfectant or the prepared bleach solution at the beginning and again at the end of the cleaning phase.
  • Seal off places where possible where the confirmed case has been visited before both washing and disinfection of the infected surfaces has been done.
  • Washing curtains, blankets, quilts, pillows and cushions, ideally with hot water process. Alternatively, you can simply want to dispose of certain objects.
  • Wash with detergent or disinfectant in water for at least 25 minutes at 70°C for the hot-water washing cycles. When laundry processes are used at low temperatures (i.e., less than 70°C), use a solvent that is ideal for washing at low temperatures and used at the correct concentration.
  • Arrange for a cleaning contractor to correctly disinfect all carpets used by someone who has been reported to have COVID-19.
  • Floors and hard surfaces should be washed using a disinfectant.
  • Disinfect non-porous washing appliances by boiling in a solution of the disinfectant or bleach. 
  • Disinfect machinery that is used in one room before being used in other rooms. Holding the disinfecting devices isolated from other regular devices where possible.
  • If the disinfection process is complete, waste should be disposed of in accordance with state or country laws for the disposal of biohazardous waste.

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