How do routine apartment cleaning guidelines change as a result of COVID-19?
Cleaning is an essential part of disinfection. The length of time that the COVID-19 virus survives on inanimate surfaces varies depending on factors such as the amount of contaminated body fluid – such as respiratory droplets – present and environmental temperature and humidity.
It is good practice to routinely clean surfaces as follows:
Frequently touched surfaces in common areas should be cleaned frequently with a detergent solution:
- Door handles (front entrances, storage lockers, service or equipment rooms)
- Light switches
- Balustrades and railings
- Common area bathrooms, toilets, faucet handles, sinks and sanitary or nappy disposal bins
- Garbage areas (chutes, door handles, rubbish bin handles)
- Doors and surfaces such as tables, chairs, benches in the BBQ or entertainment area, for example
Minimally touched surfaces such as floors, ceilings and walls should also be cleaned more regularly during a health crisis.
Detergent solutions and wipes are adequate for cleaning general surfaces. Committees should direct cleaners to take extra care of floors during this time, especially if there are young children in the building as they are likely to touch floors.
When using the laundry room, wash your hands before and after using the facility. Ensure you use detergent and a hot water wash, and using the dryer is recommended. Remember, to maintain social distancing.