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Environmental Cleaning and Disinfecting Recommendations for COVID-19

Households

  • Clean and disinfect high touch surfaces daily
  • High touch surfaces can include toilet handles, sink tap handles, doorknobs, light switches, electronics (cell phones, tablets, iPads, head sets, gaming devices, remotes) and bedside tables should be cleaned and disinfected at least twice daily, and more often if visibly soiled
  • Place contaminated items that can't be cleaned in a lined container; secure the contents and dispose of them with other household waste
  • Put the lid of the toilet down before flushing
  • Use a product that states it’s a disinfectant and follow manufacturer’s instructions

Public Settings

Child care facilities / schools / universities / colleges / retirement facilities / transit / workplaces

Based on Public Health Ontario’s recommendations for cleaning and disinfection for public settings:

  • High touch surfaces should be cleaned and disinfected at least twice daily and when potential contamination has occurred or the surfaces are visibly soiled
  • High touch surfaces can include doorknobs, elevator buttons, light switches, toilet handles, counters, hand rails, touch screen surfaces and keypads
  • Disinfect using a hospital grade disinfectant (low-level disinfectant) that has virucidal and bactericidal properties and a drug identification number. A drug identification number confirms the product is approved for use in Canada.
  • Follow manufacturer’s instructions for use of the disinfectant including contact time, expiration date, use of personal protective equipment and pre-cleaning requirements

Health Care Settings

Hospitals / health care professional offices / long-term care facilities

  • Clean and disinfect all equipment and surfaces in contact with the patient or potentially contaminated with bodily fluids (such as from coughing / sneezing) between each patient
  • High touch surfaces / equipment should be cleaned and disinfected at least twice daily and when potential contamination has occurred or the surfaces are visibly soiled
  • Disinfect using a hospital grade disinfectant (low level disinfectant) that has virucidal and bactericidal properties and a drug identification number
  • Follow manufacturer’s instructions for use of the disinfectant including contact time, expiration date, use of personal protective equipment and pre-cleaning requirements
  • Equipment covered by a barrier is to be removed and discarded between patients; if equipment is contaminated, clean and disinfect prior to replacing a new barrier on the equipment
  • Items that cannot be easily cleaned and disinfected should be removed, such as magazines and plush toys

Select Products

  • Cleaners
    • Break down grease and remove organic material from the surface
    • Used separately before using disinfectants
    • Can be purchased with cleaner and disinfectant combined in a single product
  • Disinfectants
    • Have chemicals that kill most germs
    • Applied after the surfaces have been cleaned
    • Have a drug identification number
  • Disinfectant wipes
    • Have combined cleaners and disinfectants in one solution
    • May become dry due to fast drying properties. Should be discarded if they become dry.
    • Not recommended for heavily soiled surfaces

More Information

For more information on environmental cleaning and disinfection, visit Public Health Ontario.

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