Soft Services: Deep cleaning guidance for re-occupation
As we turn our attention to recommissioning our estate, one of the early and key considerations will be on how do we make it clean and ready to re-inhabit. There will be an element of nervousness from your colleagues and visitors as they come to site, so one of the key priorities will be to provide reassurance, both upon re-opening and then on an on-going basis.
There are three key considerations:
What do we need to do in preparation for re-occupation?
What are the ongoing considerations and actions to ensure the workplace remains clean and safe?
What happens if there is a confirmed or suspected outbreak within the workplace?
Background to the virus
First, is it important to know a little about the virus and how it spreads. Our primary objective is to help you get back up and running in the safest way possible by recommending some of the practical things you can implement to have a direct impact on the potential infection transmission rate in your building.
The virus, believed to be from the same strain as the SARS virus, has presented itself as a respiratory illness with varying levels of severity from minor symptoms to death. As with any virus, the transmission can be rapid, with person to person contact enabling it to be spread at pace. Any form of infection is created by exposure to harmful micro-organisms such as bacteria, fungi, viruses and internal parasites.
Coronavirus is an airborne virus, spread in a similar way to colds and the flu. It is incredibly contagious and is spread through contact with anything the virus is on as well as infected breath, coughs or sneezes. This means that anyone who is infected can pass it on to any surface or person they breathe on or touch.
We can help and contribute to the prevention and reduce the risk by applying good standard precautionary practices such as the following:
Achieving good hand hygiene
Correct use of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, aprons, masks etc.
Disposing of waste appropriately
Managing spillages of blood and body fluids
Achieving and maintaining a clean environment
Deep Clean Guide
all know those cleaning tasks we want to avoid until it’s absolutely needed – when the oven makes smoke signals, or the inside of the microwave looks like a science project While it may be greasy, the payoff is worth it. So, stop putting those deep cleaning tasks off!
What Do I Need to Deep Clean My Home?
Disposable rags, scrub pads or towels that you don’t mind tossing
Two buckets: One for the dirty/greasy water and another for clean water
Your preferred degreaser, dish soap and some disinfectant spray
Pair of rubber gloves
Abrasive scrub pad
Spray bottle with 1:1 vinegar and water
Scrub brush or an old toothbrush
Deep Cleaning the Entire Home
Dust and vacuum: Hard-to-reach ledges, windows, light fixtures and above cabinets. Essentially, all the places that are too hard to reach during your normal cleaning routine. Bring out the stepladder! Just be cautious.
Faucets: De-Scale faucets as well as shower heads throughout the home with vinegar. Clean out aerators.
Vent Covers: Remove HVAC vent covers and wash them in the sink with soapy water.
Windows: Vacuum windowsills and also window tracks. Remove cobwebs and bugs from the window screens
Ceiling Fans: Wipe down ceiling fan blades
Doors: Wipe down doors and doorframes for fingerprints as well as smudges.
Garbage Cans: Wipe out and sanitize garbage cans, recycling bins, etc.
Blinds: Give your blinds a deep clean by spraying them with vinegar and scrubbing down.
Couch & Chairs: Remove all cushions and vacuum the creases where pet hair and popcorn love to call home. Also, move the couch to clean underneath and/or behind.
Cabinets/Drawers: Empty cabinets and drawers, give them a vacuum and wipe with a clean moist rag or your preferred cleaning spray. Wipe down all cabinet fronts as well.
How to Deep Clean the Kitchen
Oven: Before you crank up the heat on your “self-cleaning” oven, let’s get out all the stuff that can be a fire hazard.
Stovetop: Remove the pot grates from the stovetop and soak in hot soapy water. If you have an electric oven, you can remove/unplug the coils to make cleaning easier. Some oven/cooktops have a slide-out tray beneath the burners to catch any food – don’t forget this part! Scrub down all surfaces and knobs with a soapy sponge and then a clean wet rag.
Microwave: Before you grease that elbow, loosen food with vinegar and lemon. Use glass cleaner for the microwave face and keypad.
Toaster: Remove the fire hazard (aka breadcrumbs) from the bottom of the toaster.
Sink: This seems like a no-brainer, but after all that cleaning, your kitchen sink is going to be filthy. Wipe it out with hot soapy water, paying attention to the crevices in the backsplash, and around the faucet. A disinfectant spray with bleach can help with stubborn stains.
Refrigerator/Freezer: Don’t forget the rubber gasket around the door seals; clean these with hot soapy water and then disinfect. Use this time to throw away expired items.
Dishwasher: Use baking soda as well as vinegar to clean your dishwasher to remove soap residues and build up that happens over time. Run it empty with a cup of vinegar and half a cup of baking soda.
Deep Cleaning the Bathroom
Grout: White grout can really brighten the appearance of a bathroom. There are many special grout cleaners to make this deep cleaning job easier. Or use this simple DIY grout cleaning technique.
Shower Curtain: Wash your linen shower curtain if it’s washing machine safe. For the plastic curtain behind the linen one, you can either clean it or replace it. They’re cheap and usually cleaning can be difficult.
Toothbrush Holder: This thing gets pretty nasty. Luckily, we have this easy toothbrush holder cleaning tip!
Toilet: Clean toilet, pay attention to the base and behind it as well.
COVID-19: Best Practices On Deep Cleaning And Disinfecting During A Facility Closure
As many facilities across the country are shutting down to contain the potential spread of COVID-19 or as a result of community spread outbreak, some may be thinking about or have started the deep cleaning process. Here are some tips and best practices on deep cleaning and disinfecting a facility during a closure.
Make sure the disinfectant you’re using is approved for use against SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Confirm whether your disinfectant is approved for use by contacting the manufacturer and searching the product’s EPA registration
Disinfect all touch points, not just the frequently touched surfaces. To make the process easier, consider using equipment such as electrostatic sprayers, foggers and misters to make sure hard to reach surfaces are not missed.
Make sure the custodial staff are properly trained and wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).
Remove any visible soil with a detergent-based cleaner before applying a disinfectant and follow instructions on the product label for effective disinfecting. Some disinfectants are also cleaners and therefore, can be used for both steps.
Ensure surfaces remain visibly wet for the contact time specified on the product label.
To minimize cross contamination, here are additional considerations when disinfecting surfaces.
Disinfect surfaces from clean areas to dirty areas. For example, restrooms being one of the highly contaminated areas should be cleaned last.
Disinfect surfaces from high areas to low areas so that any dirt or dust that may contain germs dislodged from above are removed when you clean the lower surfaces.
Disinfect last after other activities (including emptying trash, removing visible soil and vacuuming) are complete, so that any potentially contaminated dirt and dust don’t re-contaminate already disinfected surfaces.
Lastly, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has specific recommendations for when a COVID-19 case has been confirmed in your facility. These recommendations include:
Close off areas used by confirmed or suspected COVID-19 persons and wait for 24 hours, if possible, before beginning cleaning and disinfecting to minimize potential for exposure to respiratory droplets.
Open outside doors and windows to increase air circulation in the area.
How to disinfect your house
From kitchens to bathrooms and every door handle and countertop in between, read our simple go-to guide for how to disinfect your house from top to bottom!
If you’ve found yourself asking questions such as, “What is disinfectant spray?” or wondering how to sanitise your house, you’ve come to the right place! In this article, we’ll show you how to disinfect your home, starting with the two most high-risk areas (the kitchen and bathroom) before moving on to other general tips for how to use disinfectant to have a germ-free home from door handle to countertop.
How to disinfect the kitchen: A comprehensive guide
With the following steps, we’ll show you how to target the most high-risk areas of your kitchen for cleaning and disinfecting.
How to disinfect kitchen countertops
Your kitchen countertops should be cleaned daily. Always clean down any surfaces you have used for food preparation immediately, especially if you have been handling raw meat.
Spray the countertop with a disinfectant.
Use a clean, soft cloth to wipe the surface where you have sprayed.
Leave to air dry.
How to disinfect chopping boards
Clean them regularly.
Chopping boards should be cleaned after every use.
For the best results, use a cleaning solution.
We recommend a vinegar or chlorine-based cleaning solution.
Use a paper towel to remove excess moisture.
And allow to air-dry.
Coronavirus: Deep Cleaning Tips for Holiday Rentals
It’s key to regain the trust of visitors and to reassure them that you’re providing a correctly cleaned holiday rental for their stay. From disinfecting to using the right products and step-by-step cleaning guidelines, here are some coronavirus cleaning tips to help protect your cleaners and guests during COVID-19 and beyond.
Which products for where?
Don’t just sanitise – clean first then sanitise. It’s better to first clean the area with warm soapy water and then apply disinfectant (let it stand for a few minutes before wiping) to kill viruses, bacteria and germs.
Open windows to allow fresh air to circulate the property during the entire cleaning process and ask guests to air the property during their stay.
Use disposable cloths or paper towels when possible or machine-wash reusable cloths at the highest heat setting appropriate after each clean.
Disinfect kitchen brushes and sponges with detergent and warm water. You could also put sponges or cloths in the microwave on high for a minute or two.
Soft furnishings and carpets – consider using a disinfectant spray or steam cleaner/carpet cleaner. Test on a hidden area first.
Some accommodation providers are using fogging machines which disperse disinfectant in a fine mist to cover surfaces after cleaning.
To prevent contamination of upholstery, cover the furniture with washable sheets. Ideally, remove decorative scatter cushions or cover with washable covers.
Bedding & linen – ask guests to strip beds and place dirty linen into bags on departure.
Do not shake dirty laundry as this minimises the possibility of dispersing viruses into the air.
Remove from the property before cleaning commences and use fresh clean gloves to put out clean towels and linen onto the beds.
Machine wash at 60°C all linen, mattress/pillow protectors, towels, bath mats and tea towels (even unused ones as guests may have touched them).
Pillows, duvets, throws, cushions etc. should be sprayed with disinfectant or rotate a clean set between guests.
Run the washing machine on empty once a week, either at a high temperature or with a chemical disinfectant to prevent the growth of germs.
Ask guests to put their waste in a tied plastic bag and dispose it in an external bin.
Double check all surfaces for dust. If you or your guests see dust, then it’s questionable whether the property has been thoroughly cleaned.
All surfaces that guests have come into contact with must be cleaned and disinfected, including:
Window sills and handles
Key lock box
Ironing boards and irons
Bins (indoor and outdoor)
Plugs and cables
Indoor/outdoor furniture & chairs