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CDC: Making Your Plan to Clean and Disinfect

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10/24/2021

CDC: Making Your Plan to Clean and Disinfect

6 steps
  • 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.

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