The COVID-19 pandemic will forever change how facilities are cleaned and disinfected — a vital part of safeguarding premises and essential to the safe return to the workplace of staff and volunteers after distancing restrictions are lifted. No doubt, professional cleaning services will be overwhelmed by service requests, so many organizations may have no other choice than to perform their own cleaning.
According to Health Canada, it is not yet known how long the virus causing COVID-19 lives on surfaces, however, early evidence suggests it can live on objects and surfaces from a few hours to days. Although the virus can survive on different surfaces for varying lengths of time, it can be destroyed by most cleaners and disinfectants.
The following is a best-practices guide on how to clean and disinfect facilities and how to protect those doing this important work.