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Cleaning and Disinfecting to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

With the rise and spread of COVID-19, a virus that may remain viable for hours to days on surfaces, it is important to properly deep clean and sanitize your home.

Cleaning vs. Disinfecting

First, it is important to distinguish between cleaning and disinfecting. Cleaning refers to the removal of dirt, germs, and impurities from surfaces. By removing these contaminants, it lowers their numbers and the risks associated with spreading infection. Disinfection, on the other hand, uses chemical products to kill the germs on surfaces. By killing these pathogens, it further lowers the risks of spreading infection.

High Touchpoint Areas

High touchpoint areas refer to surfaces that are very frequently touched. Because these areas are most likely to carry harmful bacteria and viruses, it is recommended that these surfaces are cleaned and disinfected daily. In contrast, less frequently touched areas may not need to be cleaned and disinfected regularly, but only when they become visibly dirty.

High Touchpoint Areas include:

  • Tabletops

  • Doorknobs + Handles

  • Light Switches

  • Handrails

  • Desks

  • Toilets

  • Faucets

  • Sinks

  • Keys

  • Electronics – remote controls, cell phones, computer keyboard & mouse

Cleaning Products

When you’re cleaning or disinfecting, always use cleaning products or disinfecting agents that are appropriate for the surface. Before usage, carefully read and follow the directions on the label.

Other Recommendations

Wear gloves, disposable or reusable, when cleaning and disinfecting surfaces. Disposable gloves are recommended because they can be discarded after each cleaning. If you prefer reusable gloves, we suggest dedicating these strictly for cleaning. Once removed, immediately wash your hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds, followed by a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

Regular cleaning, followed by disinfecting high-touchpoint surfaces, is the best practice to help prevent the spread of illness, including COVID-19.



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