Cleaning with soap and water removes germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces. It lowers the risk of spreading infection.
Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces. By killing germs on a surface after cleaning, it can further lower the risk of spreading infection.
Is the area indoors?
If not. Maintain existing cleaning practices. Coronaviruses naturally die in hours to days in typical indoor and outdoor environments. Viruses are killed more quickly by warmer temperatures and sunlight.
Has the area been occupied w ithin the last 7 days?
If the area has been unoccupied within the last 7 days, the area will need only routine cleaning.
Is it a frequently touched surface or object?
If not. Thoroughly clean these materials. Consider setting a schedule for routine cleaning and disinfection, as appropriate.
What type of material is the surface or object?
Visibly dirty surfaces should be cleaned prior to disinfection. Consult EPA’s list of disinfectants for use against COVID-19, specifically for use on hard, non-porous surfaces and for your specific application need. More frequent cleaning and disinfection is necessary to reduce exposure.
Thoroughly clean or launder materials. Consider removing soft and porous materials in high traffic areas. Disinfect materials if appropriate products are available.
Source: CDC (www.cdc.gov)