GUIDANCE FOR COVID-19 CLEANING AND DISINFECTING
PUBLIC SPACES, WORKPLACES, BUSINESSES, SCHOOLS, AND HOMES
This guidance is intended for all Americans, whether you own a business, run a school, or want to ensure the cleanliness and safety of your home. Reopening America requires all of us to move forward together by practicing social distancing and other daily habits to reduce our risk of exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19. Reopening the country also strongly relies on public health strategies, including increased testing of people for the virus, social distancing, isolation, and keeping track of how someone infected might have infected other people. This plan is part of the larger United States Government plan and focuses on cleaning and disinfecting public spaces, workplaces, businesses, schools, and can also be applied to your home.
Cleaning and disinfecting public spaces including your workplace, school, home, and business will require you to:
Reducing the risk of exposure to COVID-19 by cleaning and disinfection is an important part of reopening public spaces that will require careful planning. Every American has been called upon to slow the spread of the virus through social distancing and prevention hygiene, such as frequently washing your hands and wearing face coverings. Everyone also has a role in making sure our communities are as safe as possible to reopen and remain open.
The virus that causes COVID-19 can be killed if you use the right products. EPA has compiled a list of disinfectant products that can be used against COVID-19, including ready-to-use sprays, concentrates, and wipes. Each product has been shown to be effective against viruses that are harder to kill than viruses like the one that causes COVID-19.
Use the appropriate cleaning or disinfectant product
EPA approved disinfectants, when applied according to the manufacturer’s label, are effective for use against COVID-19. Follow the instructions on the label for all cleaning and disinfection products for concentration, dilution, application method, contact time and any other special considerations when applying.
This document provides a general framework for cleaning and disinfection practices. The framework is based on doing the following:
Disinfection using EPA-approved disinfectants against COVID-19 can also help reduce the risk Frequent disinfection of surfaces and objects touched by multiple people is important.
Do not mix bleach or other cleaning and disinfection products together this can cause fumes that may be extremely dangerous to breathe in. Keep all disinfectants out of the reach of children.
Examples of frequently touched surfaces and objects that will need routine disinfection following reopening are :
Faucets and Sinks
Gas Pump Handles
Each business or facility will have different surfaces and objects that are frequently touched by multiple people. Appropriately disinfect these surfaces and objects.
EPA’s 6 Steps for Safe & Effective Disinfectant Use
Step 1: Check that your product is EPA-approved
- Find the EPA registration number on the product.
- Then, check to see if it is on EPA’s list of approved disinfectants at : epa.gov/list
Step 2: Read the directions
- Follow the product’s directions. Check “use sites” and “surface types” to see
- where you can use the product. Read the “precautionary statements.”
Step 3: Pre-clean the surface
- Make sure to wash the surface with soap and water if the directions mention
- pre cleaning or if the surface is visibly dirty.
Step 4: Follow the contact time
- You can find the contact time in the directions. The surface should
- remain wet the whole time to ensure the product is effective.
Step 5: Wear gloves and wash your hands
- For disposable gloves, discard them after each cleaning. For
- reusable gloves dedicate a pair to disinfecting COVID-19. Wash your hands after removing the gloves.
Step 6: Lock it up
- Keep lids tightly closed and store out of reach of children.
At A PURE STRIVE SERVICE LLC We Provide 3 different types of cleanings.
- The common wipe down of all surfaces with EPA Registered and approved disinfectants with the CDC Guidance lines.
- Electrostatic Disinfecting Spraying with EPA Registered and approved disinfectants with the CDC guidelines:
Electrostatic sprayers use positive and negative charges to make disinfecting solutions electromagnetically stick to targeted surfaces. For example, no matter which angle you disinfect a surface from, the charge created by the electrostatic sprayer makes the disinfectant wrap around and cling to the entire surface. Spray coverage is the uniformity of spray droplets on target surfaces. Electrostatic sprayers achieve greater spray coverage by combining air turbulence with tiny, evenly sized spray droplets. Dense coverage on the back and underneath results from electrostatic wrap around. The goal is to achieve an even coating with the disinfectant chemical. If the coverage is spotty or incomplete, chances increase that dangerous infective organisms will survive. With an electrostatic sprayer, the benefits are clear: Disease control is better because the chance of contact with the disinfecting chemical is greater.
Benefits of Electrostatic Spraying
- Safer for workers, students, and others in the area: Low volume electrostatic spraying means less chemical exposure for everyone.
- More effective: The small droplet size and improved coverage sub- statically improves the bio availability of disinfectant compounds.
- Fewer sick days: Disinfection limits transmission of many communicable diseases including bacterial infections, influenza and other viruses, and digestive diseases such as the Norwalk virus or salmonella.
- Less toxic chemicals can be used: The increased effectiveness allows more choices for disinfection and sanitization.
- Better for the environment: By using safer chemicals and reducing waste, the total environmental load is substantially lightened.
- Fogging machine
- Fogging is achieved using either a static, purpose-built system in a factory area with strategically placed nozzles or, more commonly, a mobile unit. The equipment supersaturates the atmosphere with a disinfectant fog; the area covered will vary depending on the application system being used.
For more info on COVID-19 and updates log on to the CDC and EPA websites on how to stay protected & informed.
NOTE: A PURE STRIVE SERVICE LLC cannot be held responsible once the staff leaves the premises, due to a carrier entering and re infecting the area again that’s been cleaned, disinfected and sanitized
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