How often should I clean and sanitize surfaces during the COVID-19 outbreak?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that routine cleaning and disinfecting is a crucial part of diminishing and reducing the risk of exposure to COVID-19. In particular, surfaces that will be touched often by multiple people, including work spaces, door handles, desks, phones, light switches, and faucets should be disinfected daily. The level of use may change the requirements for the frequency of disinfection.

Will routine cleaning be sufficiently effective to combat the COVID-19 virus?

According to the CDC, cleaning will not kill the germs and viruses, but when it removes them, it does lower the risk of spreading infection. Surfaces that may be contaminated from a person who has or is suspected of having COVID-19 should be disinfected to kill the germs.

What should be done if a business or location has a confirmed case of a person who has contracted COVID-19 has utilized or visited the facility?

The CDC suggests that the first step is the person should be removed from the facility. Once the person has been removed, other employees or guests should be removed from the area. Next, call Decontamination Solutions to discuss the situation, and develop a plan to properly disinfect the location and any areas the person may have interacted with.

How long can the COVID-19 virus survive on a surface?

The CDC has noted that the virus may remain viable for any duration between hours to days on surfaces made of a wide variety of materials. To prevent contact with the virus on these surfaces it is recommended that surfaces be regularly disinfected.

Can the employees of a business do the disinfection of a facility?

While there are no restrictions set in place against an employer or their employees choosing to disinfect and clean their own location; there are certain requirements that are set in place to met OSHA and EPA compliance. Such requirements include the correct use and adequate maintenance of proper personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as waste-management guidelines.

When should I disinfect my business?

There are a number of instances where a business should use disinfecting services. If an outbreak occurs, that situation most certainly requires disinfecting services. It is highly recommended that businesses should utilize decontamination services on a recurring daily business, especially if these business have high traffic volume of employees and customers. Hospitals, offices, schools, and warehouses should seek to utilize daily recurring disinfecting services to maintain a normal workflow and remain open. If a business should have a suspected case for either an employee or a customer, it is equally recommended that they take action to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 exposure.

What should my business do to prepare for re-opening?

When your business prepares to re-open its doors, it would be most advisable to schedule a disinfection service both prior to your reopening, and at an ongoing basis to ensure your business can stay open and profitable.