COVID-19 Preventative Measures: Cleaning and Disinfection1
This flyer is best viewed as a PDF. It provides guidance regarding cleaning and disinfection measures for COVID-19.
Current evidence suggests that novel coronavirus may remain viable for hours to days on surfaces. Cleaning followed by disinfection is recommended by the CDC as a best practice measure for prevention of COVID-19 and other viral respiratory illnesses in households and community settings.
Clean surfaces using a detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
CDC recommends diluted household bleach solutions, alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol, and compounds on the EPA recommended list, found here: go.ncsu.edu/epacovid-19.
Note: this list is based on current data, but compounds have not been validated for COVID-19.
Follow manufacturer's instructions for application and proper ventilation.
Prepare a bleach solution by mixing:
5 tablespoons (1/3 cup) OR
4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water
Use containers of bleach that have been opened no longer than 30 days.
If Cleaning Up after an Infected Individual
Wear disposable gloves while cleaning and discard after cleaning. Follow glove removal procedure to avoid contaminating hands (go.ncsu.edu/cdcgloves). Wash your hands after removing gloves.
Clean any porous surfaces (carpets, clothing, linens, etc.) with appropriate cleaners and/or launder items using the warmest appropriate water setting. Dry completely.
Do not shake dirty laundry. This will minimize the possibility of spreading virus through the air.
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