When it comes to preventing the spread of germs, it helps to understand the difference between cleaning and sanitizing. Cleaning is the act of removing germs, dirt, and impurities (like when you use a soapy sponge to wipe off a visibly dirty counter or stovetop). Sanitizing is when you use chemicals to reduce the number of germs and bacteria. By cleaning first, then sanitizing, you can lower the risk of infection.
Here are some guidelines to follow when cleaning your space between guests. If you work with a cleaning professional, instruct them to use this list, too.
1. Wear protective gear while you clean. Personal protective items like disposable gloves, aprons or gowns, and facial coverings (like homemade or purchased masks) can provide additional protection. Make sure to wash your hands immediately after removing gloves.
Fan and lamp chains
Window sills and window handles
Ironing boards and irons
Garbage and recycling bins
Cabinet handles and pulls
Appliances: oven, toaster, pressure cooker, coffee maker, etc.
Condiments: oil, salt and pepper shakers, commonly used spices and containers, etc.
Kitchenware that isn’t dishwasher safe: ceramic bowls, kids’ plasticware, etc.
Showers and tubs
Shower curtains and doors
Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and soap dispensers
Hangers and luggage racks
Portable cribs and playpens
Other amenities: Bikes