Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility-CDC Guidelines

Everyday Steps, Steps When Someone is Sick, and Considerations for Employers


  • Wear disposable glovesto clean and disinfect.
  • Clean surfaces using soap and water, then use disinfectant.
  • Cleaning with soap and water reduces number of germs, dirt and impuritieson the surface. Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces.
  • Practice routine cleaningof frequently touched surfaces.

o    More frequent cleaning and disinfection may be required based on level of use.

o    Surfaces and objects in public places, such as shopping carts and point of sale keypads should be cleaned and disinfected before each use.

  • High touch surfaces include:

o    Tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks, etc.


o    Keeping surface wet for a period of time (see product label).

o    Precautions such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product.

  • Diluted household bleach solutions may also be usedif appropriate for the surface.

o    Check the label to see if your bleach is intended for disinfection, and ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Some bleaches, such as those designed for safe use on colored clothing or for whitening may not be suitable for disinfection.

o    Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.
Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser.
Leave solution on the surface for at least 1 minute.

To make a bleach solution, mix:

o    5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water

o    4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water

  • Bleach solutions will be effective for disinfection up to 24 hours.
  • Alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol may also be used.

Soft surfaces

For soft surfaces such as carpeted floor, rugs, and drapes

  • Clean the surface using soap and wateror with cleaners appropriate for use on these surfaces.
  • Launder items(if possible) according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Use the warmest appropriate water setting and dry items completely.



For electronics, such as tablets, touch screens, keyboards, remote controls, and ATM machines

  • Consider putting a wipeable coveron electronics.
  • Follow manufacturer’s instructionfor cleaning and disinfecting.

o    If no guidance, use alcohol-based wipes or sprays containing at least 70% alcohol. Dry surface thoroughly.