19 Disinfection & Cleaning — Pro Housekeepers

Having a different cleaner for each room can be tedious. These are the sources that I trust and will refer you to: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) are the best, most trustworthy sources of information about all matters related to the coronavirus, including cleaning and disinfecting protocols.

Cleaning equipment including mop heads and cloths should be laundered using hot water and completely dried before re-use. If more thorough cleaning is needed, fabric surfaces may be steam cleaned. Use a diluted household bleach solution, or an alcohol-based solution with at least 70% alcohol.

The product in question contains bleach, and will work as a disinfectant on coronavirus. That means you should keep the surface wet with disinfectant for the duration of the recommended time. Cleaning of visibly dirty surfaces followed by disinfection is a best practice measure for prevention of COVID-19.

The virus that causes COVID-19 could last hours or even days on some common surfaces, according to the study co-authored by UCLA's Lloyd-Smith and others at the National Institutes of Health, CDC and Princeton and published March 17 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Sanitize your cleaning sponges or cloths after use, and change them regularly to avoid spreading more germs. When a disinfectant is required for cleaning, the manufacturer's recommendations for use (usually written on container) and occupational health and safety house cleaning and disinfection services instructions (in workplace handbook on OH&S for hospitals) should be followed.

Bleach, vinegar and other disinfectants kill coronavirus germs that cause colds and the flu. Note: Always check the information provided at the back of a disinfectant to know if it is only effective at killing bacteria. Before you disinfect, cleaning is important as organic matter can inhibit the disinfectant's ability to put an end to the germs.

Clean hands immediately after gloves are removed. Cleaning removes dust, debris and dirt from a surface by scrubbing, washing and rinsing. Follow standard procedures for cleaning and disinfecting with an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered disinfectant with a claim for human coronaviruses.