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Covid 19 Cleaning

COVID-19 cleaning plan – What needs to be cleaned and how.

What you need to know as a business or cleaner for a business.

Note: our cleaning products are all suitable for cleaning surfaces.

Develop Your Plan 

Determine what needs to be cleaned – Areas unoccupied for 7 or more days need only routine cleaning. Maintain existing cleaning practices for outdoor areas.

Determine how areas will be disinfected – consider the type of surface and how often the surface is touched. Prioritize disinfecting frequently touched surfaces.

Consider the resources and equipment needed – keep in mind the availability of cleaning products and personal protective equipment (PPE) appropriate for cleaners and disinfectants.


Clean visibly dirty surfaces with soap and water prior to disinfection.

Use the appropriate cleaning or disinfectant products – use an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved disinfectant against COVID-19 and read the label to make sure it meets your needs.

Always follow the directions on the label – the label will include safety information and application instructions. Keep disinfectants out of the reach of children.

Maintain and Revise

Continue routine cleaning and disinfection – continue or revise your plan based on appropriate disinfectant and PPE availability. Dirty surfaces should be cleaned with soap and water prior to disinfection. Routinely disinfect frequently touched surfaces at least daily.

Recommended cleaning supplementary information

A key way you can protect workers and others from the risk of exposure to COVID-19 is by

implementing appropriate cleaning and disinfecting measures for your workplace. When and how often your workplace should be cleaned and disinfected will depend on the outcome of your risk assessment, including the likelihood of contaminated material being present.

A combination of cleaning and disinfection will be most effective in removing the COVID-19 virus. It is highly recommended that workplaces are be cleaned at least daily. More frequent cleaning may be required in some circumstances. For example, if your workplace operates in shifts, workplaces should be cleaned between shifts. If equipment is shared between workers, it should be cleaned between uses, where practicable.

Cleaning with detergent and water is usually sufficient for routine cleaning. However for frequently touched surfaces, disinfection in addition to cleaning is recommended.

Once clean, surfaces can be disinfected. When and how often your workplace, or certain surfaces, should be disinfected will depend on the likelihood of contaminated material being present, noting that the COVID-19 virus can survive on some surfaces for prolonged periods of time. This would include any time there has been a case or suspected case of COVID-19 at the workplace, or at workplaces with a high volume of workers, customers or visitors that are likely to touch surfaces. You should prioritise cleaning and disinfecting surfaces that many people touch.

Alternatively, you may be able to do a 2-in-1 clean and disinfection by using a combined detergent and disinfectant.

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