What to clean and take care of Covid-19

This includes focusing on cleaning and disinfecting common areas where staff/others providing services may come into contact with ill persons but reducing cleaning and disinfection of bedrooms/bathrooms used by ill persons to as-needed.For soft (porous) surfaces such as carpeted floor, rugs, and drapes, remove visible contamination if present and clean with appropriate cleaners indicated for use on these surfaces. After cleaning:

  • If the items can be laundered, launder items in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions using the warmest appropriate water setting for the items and then dry items completely.
    • Otherwise, use products that are EPA-approved for use against the virus that causes COVID-19pdf iconexternal icon and that are suitable for porous surfacesElectronics
      • For electronics such as tablets, touch screens, keyboards, remote controls, and ATM machines, remove visible contamination if present.
        • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products.
        • Consider use of wipeable covers for electronics.
        • If no manufacturer guidance is available, consider the use of alcohol-based wipes or sprays containing at least 70% alcohol to disinfect touch screens. Dry surfaces thoroughly to avoid pooling of liquids.

      Linens, Clothing, and Other Items That Go in the Laundry

      • In order to minimize the possibility of dispersing virus through the air, do not shake dirty laundry.
      • Wash items as appropriate in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. If possible, launder items using the warmest appropriate water setting for the items and dry items completely. Dirty laundry that has been in contact with an ill person can be washed with other people’s items.
      • Clean and disinfect hampers or other carts for transporting laundry according to guidance above for hard or soft surfaces.