Tips and Tricks for Cleaning and Disinfecting to Prevent COVID-19 Spread

As those around us begin to slowly get back to work and more public places begin to open, we are all a little more conscious about how clean these public spaces are in light of preventing the spread of COVID-19. The virus that causes COVID-19 can be killed if you use the right products. EPA has compiled a list of disinfectant products (link: https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2) that can be used against COVID-19, including ready-to-use sprays, concentrates, and wipes. Each product has been shown to be effective against viruses that are harder to kill than viruses like the one that causes COVID-19.

The pressure is on, especially if you are a business owner looking to reopen your business location, or even considering throwing that delayed celebration at your home. How clean is clean enough and what is the best way to disinfect and keep an area clean to prevent the spread of the virus?

With guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), here are a few tips to keep in mind.

Develop Your Plan

  • Evaluate your space and make note of the high contact areas (doorknobs, light switches, countertops) that may need to be cleaned more frequently or disinfected regularly.
  • Use an EPA approved disinfectant, or make your own if you don’t have one available. You can mix 1/3 cup bleach per 1 gallon of water or use a 70% alcohol or higher solution.
  • Remove any items that may be hard to keep clean or disinfect, especially items like area rugs, upholstered furniture, etc if you are a public space or place of business. When hosting a gathering in your home, consider covering these items or keeping folks outside your home to reduce contact with these types of surfaces.
  • For businesses, make a plan to regularly clean and disinfect high contact areas.

Implement Your Plan

  • Clean visibly dirty surfaces with soap and water before disinfecting. Make sure to follow directions on cleaning supplies and wear the appropriate protective equipment as necessary.
  • Use the appropriate product for cleaning and/or disinfecting, according to the surface and frequency of contact.

Maintain Safe Behavioral Practices

  • Keep up the cleaning routine! Make a plan for regular cleaning and keep it up to continue to lessen the spread of COVID-19.
  • Practice social distancing (keeping 6 feet away from others), wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, wear a cloth mask and stay home when sick.

Need more detailed information? Visit the CDC website (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/reopen-guidance.html) for specific information about requirements and guidelines for businesses and cleaning in your home.