These simple steps can help keep COVID-19 and other infectious diseases like the flu from spreading.
Cleaning and disinfecting commonly used surfaces can help prevent the spread of COVID-19. No one knows this better than Kaiser Permanente’s environmental services professionals who clean and sanitize more than 50 million square feet each day to help keep our members, patients, and workforce healthy and safe.
Here are some quick tips based on their experience, as well as guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Environmental Protection Agency, on what household surfaces you need to clean and disinfect — and how to get the job done right.
Cleaning removes visible dust, dirt, and grime from surfaces. While cleaning may not kill germs, it’s an important first step before disinfecting.
Disinfecting uses chemical cleaners to kill germs and can further lower the risk of spreading infection. When using disinfectants, you may want to open a window or make sure you have good ventilation.
Commonly used surfaces include door handles, faucet handles, countertops, light switches, all bathroom surfaces including the sink, toilet, toilet handle, and shower areas, as well as cabinet handles and appliance handles. Our experts suggest washing higher surfaces before washing lower ones. For example, clean counters and sinks before floors and toilets.
High-touch surfaces also include electronics such as phones, tablets, remote controls, and keyboards. You should follow manufacturer instructions to clean and disinfect these devices — or if guidance isn’t available use disinfecting wipes or spray that contains at least 70% alcohol.
You can find more information and resources on cleaning and disinfecting your home, as well as other ways to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other infection, at kp.org.