Housekeeping General Guidelines: Below are recommended cleaning efforts for all facility types.
Maintaining cleanliness and well-maintained facilities may help to prevent the spread of 2019-nCoV, as is true for influenza and other viruses.
Recommendations for general housekeeping include:
- • Clean facilities routinely and effectively.
- • Clean frequently touched surfaces, such as doorknobs, door handles, handrails and telephones, as well as non-porous surfaces in bathrooms, sleeping areas, cafeterias and offices (e.g., floors), using an EPA-registered disinfectant that is active against viral pathogens.
- • Maintain hand washing supplies: Soap, paper towels, and alcohol-based hand sanitizers. • Maintain general cleaning supplies and disinfectants that are effective against coronaviruses and other respiratory pathogens.
- • Place waste baskets in visible locations and empty regularly.
- • Ensure that waiting areas, TV rooms, and reading rooms have adequate ventilation (e.g., fans and open windows, if practical).
- • Laundry can be washed in a standard washing machine with water and detergent.
*Clean all “high-touch” surfaces everyday
High touch surfaces include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables. Also, clean any surfaces that may have blood, stool, or body fluids on them. Use a household cleaning spray or wipe, according to the label instructions. Labels contain instructions for safe and effective use of the cleaning product including
*Use appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)precautions you should take when applying the product, and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product.
For all facility types: Conduct an inventory of your cleaning supplies. Ensure the product being used contain an EPA Product Number. The product number can be found on the container or on the associating SDS sheet that comes with the product. Below is a link to verify if your product is a suggested product to effectively clean your facility.
“Using the correct disinfectant is an important part of preventing and reducing the spread of illnesses along with other critical aspects such as hand washing,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “There is no higher priority for the Trump Administration than protecting the health and safety of Americans. EPA is providing this important information in a public and transparent manner on disinfectant products to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.”
Products appearing on EPA’s list registered disinfectant products have qualified for use against COVID-19 through the agency’s Emerging Viral Pathogen program. This program allows product manufacturers to provide EPA with data, even in advance of an outbreak, that shows their products are effective against harder-to-kill viruses than SARS-CoV-2. It also allows additional communications intended to inform the public about the utility of these products against the emerging pathogen in the most expeditious manner.
Coronaviruses are enveloped viruses, meaning they are one of the easiest types of viruses to kill with the appropriate disinfectant product. Consumers using these disinfectants on an enveloped emerging virus should follow the directions for use on the product’s master label, paying close attention to the contact time for the product on the treated surface (i.e., how long the disinfectant should remain on the surface).