COIVD-19 The difference between cleaning and sanitizing


COIVD-19       The difference between cleaning and sanitizing


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.

General:
Doorknobs
Surfaces
Light switches
Remote controls
Tables
Fan and lamp chains
Window sills and window handles
Thermostats
Keys
Hairdryers
Railings
Ironing boards and irons
Garbage and recycling bins
Kitchen:
Sinks
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.
Hard-backed chairs
Bathroom:
Sinks
Toilets
Faucet handles
Showers and tubs
Shower curtains and doors
Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and soap dispensers
Bedroom
Hangers and luggage racks
Nightstands
Cleaning appliances:
Dishwashers
Vacuum cleaners
Washer/dryer units
Kids’ items:
Toys
Portable cribs and playpens
High chairs
Other amenities: Bikes
Umbrellas
Games
Books