The Center for Disease Control and Intervention (CDC) provides everyday tips and guidance for cleaning and disinfection of your facility, home, and everyday items.
How to clean and disinfect
- Wear disposable gloves to clean and disinfect.
- Clean surfaces using soap and water.
- Practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces.
High touch surfaces include: Tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks, etc.
- Clean the area or item with soap and water or another detergent if it is dirty. Then, use a household disinfectant.
- Recommend use of EPA-registered household disinfectant. Follow the instructions on the label to ensure the 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.
- Make sure you have good ventilation during the use of the product.
For soft surfaces such as a 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.
- For electronics, such as tablets, touch screens, keyboards, and remote controls, consider putting a wipeable cover on electronics.
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning and disinfecting – If no guidance, use alcohol-based wipes or sprays containing at least 70% alcohol and dry surface thoroughly.
- Wear disposable gloves.
- Wash hands with soap and water as soon as you remove the gloves.
- Do not shake dirty laundry.
- Launder items according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Use the warmest appropriate water setting and dry items completely.
- Dirty laundry from a sick person can be washed with other people’s items.
- Clean and disinfect clothes hampers according to the guidance above for surfaces.
When cleaning, wear disposable gloves and gowns for all tasks in the cleaning process, including handling trash. Additional personal protective equipment (PPE) might be required based on the cleaning/disinfectant products being used and whether there is a risk of a splash. Gloves and gowns should be removed carefully to avoid contamination of the wearer and the surrounding area. Always wash immediately after removing gloves and after contact with a sick person.
Cleaning of and disinfection for Non-emergency Transport Vehicles interim recommendations from the CDC.
Additional interim recommendations from the CDC for community facilities with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 infection. Updated 4/1/2020