Disinfection of surfaces

Determine What Needs to Be Cleaned

Consider the type of surface and how often the surface is touched. Generally, the more people who touch a surface, the higher the risk. Prioritize cleaning high-touch surfaces at least once a day. If the space is a high traffic area, or if certain conditions (listed above) apply, you may choose to clean more frequently or disinfect in addition to cleaning.

Consider the Resources and Equipment Needed
Keep in mind the availability of cleaning products and the personal protective equipment (PPE) appropriate for the cleaners and disinfectants used (as recommended on the product label).


Clean High-Touch Surfaces
Clean high-touch surfaces at least once a day or as often as determined is necessary. Examples of high-touch surfaces include: pens, counters, shopping carts, tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, stair rails, elevator buttons, desks, keyboards, phones, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

Protect Yourself and Other Cleaning Staff 

●    Ensure cleaning staff are trained on proper use of cleaning (and disinfecting, if applicable) products.
●    Read the instructions on the product label to determine what safety precautions are necessary while using the product. This could include PPE (such as gloves, glasses, or goggles), additional ventilation, or other precautions.
●    Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds after cleaning. Be sure to wash your hands immediately after removing gloves.
○    If hands are visibly dirty, always wash hands with soap and water.
○    If soap and water are not available and hands are not visibly dirty, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, and wash with soap and water as soon as you can.
●    Special considerations should be made for people with asthma. Some cleaning and disinfection products can trigger asthma. Learn more about reducing your chance of an asthma attack while disinfecting to prevent COVID-19.

Clean and Disinfect Specific Types of Surfaces  

Soft surfaces such as carpet, rugs, and drapes
●    Clean the surface using a product containing soap, detergent, or other cleaner 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.
●    If you need to disinfect, use a product approved on soft surfaces.
●    Vacuum as usual.

Laundry such as clothing, towels, and linens

●    Use the warmest appropriate water setting and dry items completely.
●    It is safe to wash dirty laundry from a person who is sick with other people’s items.
●    If handling dirty laundry from a person who is sick, wear gloves and a mask.
●    Clean clothes hamper or laundry baskets according to guidance for surfaces.
●    Wash hands after handling dirty laundry.

Electronics such as tablets, touch screens, keyboards, remote controls, and ATMs 

●    Consider putting a wipeable cover on electronics, doing cleaning and disinfecting easier.
●    Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and recommendations for cleaning the electronic device.
●    For electronic surfaces that need to be disinfected, use a product that meets the manufacturer’s recommendations. Many of the products for electronics contain alcohol because it dries quickly.