Guidelines for Coronavirus Cleaning and Disinfecting

Coronavirus is a big family of viruses that are typical in people and lots of different species of animals, including camels, cows, cats, and bats. Paradoxically, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people such as with MERS-CoV, SARS-CoV, and now with this new virus called SARS-CoV-2.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by SARS-CoV-2. It was first detected in China and has spread to 114 countries and territories, such as the US. While the virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2”, the disease it causes is known as “coronavirus disease 2019” (COVID-19).

Then, on January 31, 2020, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II declared a public health crisis (PHE) for the United States to help the country’s healthcare community is reacting to COVID-19.

According to the CDC, present evidence indicates that novel coronavirus can stay viable for hours on several different surfaces. Therefore, cleaning of visibly dirty surfaces followed by disinfection is a best practice measure for the prevention of COVID-19 along with other viral respiratory disorders in houses and public spaces.

We continue to develop, adjust, and expand our cleaning procedures and procedures about the coronavirus dependent on the practices recommended by the CDC and compound producers, which continues to evolve as more information is obtained concerning the virus. Below we’ll explain our existing coronavirus cleaning procedure, which we’re developing to meet this community’s needs. All these coronavirus cleaning guidelines apply to commercial, institutional, and home environments. Also, note that this manual may be superseded by local regulations.

To begin with, wearing proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is needed. Our cleanup technicians wear a full-face respirator to guard against splashes coming in contact with the mucous membranes of your nose, mouth, or eyes. Also, they wear Biohazard protective coveralls, shoe covers, and Nitrile gloves.

The cleaning products

The cleaning products we use include EPA-registered hospital-grade disinfecting products, including towelettes, containing pharmaceutical ingredients that meet OSHA’s bloodborne pathogen standard against diseases like the coronavirus and other disease-causing germs, viruses, tuberculosis, mold, and mildew.

The cleanup substances

The cleaning materials our technicians normally utilize include:

  1. Disposable microfiber wipes, brushes, or cleaning sponges
  2. Trigger or Stress sprayers
  3. Trash bags and tape for sealing
  4. Mops and buckets
  5. Portable carpet extractor for cleaning upholstery and carpeting

Disinfectant application procedures

Our technicians apply disinfectant using three approaches, depending on the circumstances.

  1. Spray program — This process employs a pump or electric sprayer. It’s the preferred system and may be used if the surface or item is visibly free of soil and dirt.
  2. Disinfecting towelettes — We use these to wash electronic things like phones or computers. Towelettes are favored in the event the surface or thing has observable, light dirt or soil.
  3. Microfiber wipes/pads — All these are an alternative to using pre-treated disinfecting towelettes. They are used with cleaning goods in a suitably labeled spray bottle.

The onsite processes

First, our technicians arrive at the job site and do a fast walkthrough to ensure the area is ready for cleaning services. Then, they determine the flow of the job to perform the job as efficiently as possible.

We pay special attention to these areas:

  1. Lockers, carts, storage containers, walls, floors, countertops, walls, doorknobs, handles, and light switches.
  2. Weight machines, chairs, barbells, stationary bicycles, wrestling mats, and other workout equipment.
  3. Drinking fountains, vending machines, tables, tables, and chairs.

Cleaning porous surfaces and substances

  1. Artificial rugs, rugs, drapes, and upholstery –Our technicians will clean these items manually or, for equipment cleanup, they will apply approved disinfectants for fabrics and rugs and then infusion where appropriate.
  2. Natural fabrics, rugs, drapes, and upholstery has to be cleaned under the manufacturer’s guidelines.
  3. To disinfect clothing, linens, and other personal clothes, the contaminated posts should be laundered per label instructions. NOTE: washing machines must be vacuumed after washing contaminated substances.
  4. Tanned leather stuff — We can clean these materials by wiping the surfaces with a cloth lightly moistened with disinfectant solution or disinfectant towelettes.
  5. Suede and Nu-buck leather material — Cleaned based on manufacturer’s instructions.
  6. Concrete, cinder block, timber, plywood, and oriented strand board (OSB) — Cleaned by applying the disinfectant solution straight to the surface.
  7. HVAC system — HVAC inner duct surfaces and elements should be washed under industry guidelines by a licensed HVAC contractor or NADCA certified duct cleaner. Additionally, external ductwork surfaces, grills, grates, and registers should be cleaned and disinfected with a disinfectant solution.

After finished, the team collects and takes with them all used materials for appropriate disposal. Another thing we do is to wash all the tools, equipment, and PPE used from the coronavirus cleanup using an EPA-registered disinfectant before removal from the polluted area. Click here to learn more.

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Since the coronavirus pandemic continues to rise and health and government officials notify the public to take necessary measures to safeguard themselves, one of the best ways to slow its progress is by performing deep mitigation cleaning of touch-point surfaces, alongside the usage of an EPA-registered disinfectant.

These methods of cleaning can be utilized for associations, commercial, and residential properties. Our coronavirus cleaning Naples services can help reduce contamination of COVID-19 on your premises and neighborhood. Call your regional PuroClean office for more information about how we can help disinfect your property.