In response to community enquiries regarding best practice cleaning methods to limit the spread of viral infections, the following information has been provided by NSW Health. It is understood that not all the products mentioned below may be available to you. However, the information is provided to assist in understanding how best to clean in the current situation.
Clean all “high-touch” surfaces, such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables, at least once a day wearing disposable gloves. Also, clean any surfaces that may have blood, body fluids and/or secretions or excretions on them.
- Read labels of cleaning products and follow recommendations on product labels. Labels contain instructions for safe and effective use of the cleaning product including precautions you should take when applying the product, such as wearing gloves or aprons and making sure the areas is well ventilated when using the product.
- Use a household disinfectant or a diluted bleach solution on hard surfaces. To make a bleach solution at home, add 1 tablespoon of bleach to 4 cups of water.
- Wear a surgical mask and disposable gloves while handling soiled items. Wash your hands immediately after removing gloves and masks.
- Wash laundry thoroughly.
- Immediately remove and wash clothes or bedding that have blood, body fluids and/or secretions or excretions on them.
- Read and follow directions on labels of laundry or clothing items and detergent. In general, wash and dry with the warmest temperatures recommended on the clothing label.
- Dishes should be washed in a dishwasher where possible
This advice is taken from the factsheet - Advice for people confirmed to have COVID-19 (Coronavirus) infection. This factsheet and other pertinent advice is available from the NSW Health website www.health.nsw.gov.au.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Date: 24 March 2020