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A good source of useful information on Covid-19 cleaning in non-healthcare settings can be found on the Government Website. And you can visit the NHS website for the National Standards of Healthcare Cleanliness 2021, We're also attaching some bullet points for good cleaning habits on a daily/regular basis and please get in touch to ask advice about any of the products mentioned below.

SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, cannot grow or multiply on surfaces but it can survive if they are not cleaned.

This guidance is general cleaning advice for settings when there is no known case of COVID-19.

Cleaning: Physically removes dirt and germs/microorganisms from surfaces. It may not necessarily kill all germs/microorganisms but it will decrease the amount, thereby lowering the spread of infection. Cleaning is carried out with water, detergents, and using the physical action of rubbing or scrubbing.

Disinfecting: Destroys most germs/microorganisms after cleaning and so lowers the spread of infection even further.

Key Recommendations

• Cleaning with a normal household detergent is sufficient for routine, regular cleaning.

• It is recommended that busy public settings with heavy footfall should be cleaned at least every day.

• Surfaces that are frequently touched by hands have a higher risk of being contaminated.

• Particular attention should be paid to cleaning areas and items that are touched multiple times each day by different people. This includes items such as door handles, hand rails in corridors/stairwells, worktops, fridge doors, bank/credit card keypads, phones and keyboards, and toilets/taps/sanitary fittings.

• If members of the public need to touch these surfaces, those responsible for the public space should give priority to cleaning them, if feasible, after every use.

• Shared equipment that had been used by an individual who was positive with COVID-19 should be disinfected before use by another person e.g. phones, keyboards, pens, handles, etc.

• Read the labels of cleaning and disinfecting products carefully before use. Always refer to manufacturer’s instructions.


What to clean with:

• A general-purpose household detergent and warm water, clean cloths, mops and the mechanical action of wiping/scrubbing is sufficient for routine general cleaning.

• Household cleaning products may be liquids, powders, sprays, or granules that remove dirt from surfaces. They can include liquid soap, cleaners, and detergents.

Cloths should be dampened with water and detergent, as dry cloths or dusters may spread particles of dirt or germs and should not be used.

• The manufacturer’s instructions for mixing, using and storing detergents and solutions must always be followed.

• Recommended manufacturers dilution rates should be adhered to. Using excessive amounts of cleaning agents or disinfectant will not clean better or result in better disinfection but it may damage work surfaces, make floors slippery and give off unpleasant and harmful odours.

• Cleaning staff need to wear a uniform and disposable or reusable gloves when cleaning routinely. Additional protection is only required if specified in the manufacturer’s recommendations for the particular cleaning product being used. The uniform should be removed and frequently washed in warm water. In the household setting no uniform is required but reusable or disposable gloves should be worn, if available.

• It is essential to avoid touching your own nose, mouth or eyes if there is concern about an active infection or virus.

• If gloves are used, you must perform hand hygiene immediately after their removal and dispose of the gloves safely.


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