This Version Posted: October 23, 2020
It is essential to clean and disinfect common surfaces to reduce the spread of illnesses like COVID-19. Here’s what to do:
What you should know
- Commonly used cleaners and disinfectants are effective against COVID-19.
- Frequently touched surfaces are most likely to be contaminated.
- Check the expiry date of products you use and always follow manufacturer’s instructions.
Clean frequently touched surfaces often
- In addition to routine cleaning, surfaces that have frequent contact with hands should be cleaned and disinfected.
- Examples include doorknobs, kitchens, light switches, toilet handles, counters, remotes, touch screen surfaces and keypads.
- Break down grease and remove organic material from the surface.
- Used separately before using disinfectants.
- Can be purchased with cleaner and disinfectant combined in a single product
- Have chemicals that kill most germs.
- Applied after the surfaces have been cleaned.
- Have a drug identification number (DIN). Click here for a specific list of hard-surface disinfectants that are known to be effective against COVID-19.
- Have combined cleaners and disinfectants in one solution.
- May become dry due to fast drying properties. Should be discarded if they become dry.
- Not recommended for heavily soiled surfaces.
Prepare products for use
- Where possible, use pre-mixed solution.
- Read and follow manufacturer’s instructions to:
- properly prepare solution
- allow adequate contact time for disinfectant to kill germs (see product label)
- wear gloves, if you have sensitive skin, when handling cleaning products including wipes or wash your hands after use
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This information is from the Public Health Ontario fact sheet “Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Cleaning and Disinfection for Public Settings”
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If you have questions about COVID-19, contact your health care provider, Telehealth 1-866-797-0000 or the HKPR District Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577 x5020.