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Covid-19

Recommended Cleaning and Disinfection Practices

When illness breaks out in your facility, CPM can assist in attempting to eradicate the problem. Through the use of proper commercial cleaning techniques together with the use of various cleaning products on the market, CPM can provide additional cleaning or disinfection services necessary during an outbreak.
  • 1 - Just Clean. Do not underestimate the power of simply cleaning to reduce the risk of transmitting viruses as well as other pathogens. Cleaning removes dirt, soil, and impurities that harbor germs and viruses. Routine cleaning therefore plays a critical role in reducing the spread. Just as important, remember cleaning is often a necessary first step in disinfecting a surface, which actually kills the remaining germs.
  • 2 - Clean and Disinfect Frequently Touched Surfaces. Daily clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that are frequently touched such as desks, countertops, doorknobs, and faucet handles. Frequency may be increased when there is a known outbreak. Immediately clean and disinfect surfaces that are visibly soiled with body fluids (vomit, urine, etc.) or blood. Follow precautions set forth in the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standard to avoid contact with the fluid.
  • 3 - When disinfecting frequently touched surfaces, select EPA registered products. For example, Quats (quaternary ammonium compounds) are potent disinfectant chemicals commonly found in disinfectant wipes, sprays and other household cleaners that are designed to kill germs. Both 3M and Spartan make a ready-to-use Quat cleaner and disinfectant for use in hospitals, nursing homes, schools, etc., where infection control is of prime importance. They are suitable for clean-ups per the Bloodborne Pathogen Standard and is effective against MRSA & CA-MRSA, VRE, Canine Parvovirus, Norwalk Virus, and many other pathogens of concern.
  • 4 - Hand Sanitizers and Wipes. Use hand sanitizers and disinfecting wipes on electronic items that are touched often, such as phones and computers. It may be necessary to use more than one wipe to keep the surface wet for the stated length of contact time. Make sure that the electronics can withstand the use of liquids for cleaning and disinfecting.
Effective cleaning and disinfecting of environmental surfaces including “high touch” or frequently touched surfaces (i.e., desks, countertops, faucet handles, doorknobs) significantly decreases the number of environmental pathogens on those surfaces or objects, which in turn reduces the risk of transmission and infection. Routine cleaning removes the soil and dirt that harbors the infectious agents, while disinfecting kills the remaining environmental pathogens.
You can help prevent yourself from getting and spreading the Wuhan coronavirus–and other respiratory illnesses–by following these steps:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. Use 70% alcoholbased hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact such as kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or shirt sleeve, not your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools / Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving / Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment
  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools / Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving / Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets And Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Cleaning and Disinfection Protocols for Outbreaks of Infectious Disease

When illness breaks out in your facility, CPM can assist in attempting to eradicate the problem. Through the use of proper commercial cleaning techniques together with the use of various cleaning products on the market, CPM can provide additional cleaning or disinfection services necessary during an outbreak.
A. Recommendations for Surfaces to be Cleaned and Disinfected
  • Use disinfectants when no staff members are present.
  • Clean high-touch surfaces or touch-points more often during the day with an EPA certified disinfectant cleaner and a microfiber cloth.

1. Common high-touch surfaces
These are surfaces that are frequently touched by a variety of hands. For example, a surface such as a desktop that is touched daily by only one employee might be touched often but is not considered an area to be managed for infection control, because no one else would be exposed to those microbes. Areas that might be touched frequently by many different hands include but are not limited to:

  • A shared computer mouse and keyboard
  • Shared desks
  • Doorknobs, elevator buttons, light switches, door push bars, handrails
  • Faucet handles, toilet handles, toilet stall door locks, towel dispensers, hand driers
  • Coffee pots, microwave doors, refrigerator doors, cafeteria trays and tables
2. Common high-risk areas  –
Some areas of a building are of greater concern for possible transmission of disease because there is an increased likelihood of skin-to-skin, object-to-mouth, or fecal-to-oral contact. Highrisk areas also include any location where food is prepared, sick or preschool children are cared for, or special incidents (such as those involving blood, feces, and vomit) have occurred. High-risk areas include but are not limited to:
  • Bathrooms, kitchens, and lunch rooms
  • Fitness centers – gym mats, exercise equipment, and shower and locker rooms
  • Childcare centers
b. Disinfection Procedures
  • First clean with a detergent and rinse or wipe surfaces. (Some disinfectants lose effectiveness in the presence of soap residue.)
  • Uniformly apply the disinfectant to a microfiber cloth (with a pump spray bottle or squirt bottle) and wipe the surface with the saturated cloth, or apply the disinfectant directly to the surface (with a squirt bottle).
  • Ensure that the surface stays wet for the length of the dwell time recommended on the label.
  • Rinse or wipe surfaces (if required) after dwell time has elapsed.
  • Rinse the microfiber cloth in clean water between uses on each touch-point, or if using the folding method, use a clean fold of the cloth for each touch-point.
  • Launder microfiber cloths as recommended by the manufacturer.
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