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Key cleaning tips

Consider your work environment and what is frequently used and touched by workers, customers and others. The virus can be spread from person to person or by touching unclean equipment or surfaces. To stop the spread, focus efforts on cleaning areas where the virus is more likely to spread, such as the kitchen and toilet.

Physical distancing should also be practiced when cleaning offices and job sites. Refer to the Physical Distancing and Hygiene Protocol for more information.

  • Schedule regular cleaning.
  • Use a suitable cleaning product.
  • Use disposable cloths, if available.
  • Always wear disposable gloves when cleaning. When finished, place used gloves in a rubbish bin.
  • Wear disposable gloves while handling soiled items.
  • Wash hands immediately after removing gloves or after handling these items.

Disinfecting cleaning aids

Cleaning aids, such as cloths or mops, must be germ-free or they’ll spread germs to other surfaces. Here are some general cleaning tips to help prevent the spread of germs:

Cloths and sponges

  • Use disposable cloths/paper towels when possible.
  • Reusable cloths should be disinfected or washed after each use.

Washing-up brushes

  • Wash brushes in a dishwasher regularly or clean with detergent and warm water after each use.

Mops and buckets

  • Use two buckets for mopping – one for detergent and the other for rinsing.
  • Mops and buckets should be cleaned and dried after each use.

Site cleaning

Before leaving the office or job site at the end of the working day or end of each shift, wipe down any tables/surfaces with soapy water or cleaning agents where possible. All workers must be checked out of site and record kept daily.

Common touch points may include:

  • All waste and disposable PPE must be securely disposed of.
  • All door handles, railings and personal workstation areas are wiped down with a disinfectant, such as disinfectant wipes. Individuals are responsible for cleaning their workstation area with disinfectant wipes.
  • Clean all ‘high-touch’ surfaces such as desks, counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, light switches, phones, and keyboards every day with antiseptic wipes or disinfectant, including bleach solutions.

Cleaning bathrooms, toilets and showers

Clean toilets with a separate set of cleaning equipment (disposable cleaning cloths, mops, etc). Clean sinks frequently, if they’re used regularly.

If your job site has a shower:

  • Clean shower trays frequently, if used regularly.
  • If a shower hasn’t been used for a while, let it run with hot water before using it.
  • Keep tiles and grout in good condition.
  • Clean shower curtains frequently.

Common toilet touch points may include:

  • Keep the U-bend and toilet bowl clean by flushing after each use.
  • Limescale should be regularly removed using a descaling product.
  • Keep the toilet seat, handle and rim clean by using a disinfectant.