• Wear disposable gloves to clean and disinfect and discard after use or use reusable gloves that are dedicated only for cleaning and disinfecting. Always wash hands after removing gloves.
  • Clean any dirty surfaces using soap and water first, then use disinfectant.
  • Cleaning with soap and water reduces the number of germs, dirt, and impurities on the surface. Disinfecting kills any remaining germs on surfaces, which further reduces any risk of spreading infection.
  • Practice routine cleaning and disinfection of frequently touched surfaces. More frequent cleaning and disinfection may be required based on level of use.
  • High touch surfaces include: Tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks.


  • Disinfect with a disinfectant on EPA List N: Disinfectants for Coronavirus (COVID-19) external icon. Follow the instructions on the label to ensure safe and effective use of the product. Many products recommend:
  • Keeping surface wet with disinfectant for a period (kill time).
  • Precautions such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation while using the product.
  • Use chemical disinfectants safely! Always read and follow the directions on the label of cleaning and disinfection products to ensure safe and effective use.
  • The products we use at CBS are EPA, CDC and FDA approved. We also sell these items, including PPE through our sister company CleanMart USA.
  • Wear gloves and consider glasses or goggles for potential splash hazards to eyes.
  • Ensure adequate ventilation.
  • Use only the amount recommended on the label.
  • Use water at room temperature for dilution (unless stated otherwise on the label)
  • Label diluted cleaning solutions. Inert ingredients are imperative.
  • Do not mix products or chemicals.

If products on EPA List N: Disinfectants for Coronavirus (COVID-19) are not available, bleach solutions can be used if appropriate for the surface and will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.


  • For soft (porous) surfaces such as carpet, rugs, and drapes:
  • Clean the surface using soap and water or with cleaners appropriate for use on these surfaces.
  • OR
  • Disinfect with a disinfectant on EPA List N: Disinfectants for Coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • Vacuum as usual.



  • For electronics, such as tablets, touch screens, keyboards, or monitors.
  • Consider putting a wipeable cover on electronics, which make cleaning and disinfecting easier.
  • Follow manufacturer’s instructions and recommendations for cleaning the electronic item.
  • For electronic surfaces that can be cleaned or disinfected, use a product on EPA List N: Disinfectants for Coronavirus (COVID-19). Many of the products for electronics contain alcohol because it dries quickly.



  • Close off areas used by the person who is sick.
  • Open outside doors and windows and use fans or other engineering controls to increase air circulation in the area. Wait 24 hours before you clean or disinfect. If 24 hours is not feasible, wait if possible.
  • Clean and disinfect the immediate workspace used by the person who is sick or diagnosed with COVID-19, such as the surfaces in their office or cubicle. If common areas such as bathrooms or shared items have already been routinely cleaned and disinfected, there is no need for additional action.
  • Vacuum the space if needed. Use a vacuum equipped with high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter and bags, if available.
  • Do not vacuum a room or space that has people in it. Wait until the room or space is empty to vacuum, such as at night, for common spaces, or during the day for private rooms.

Wear disposable gloves to clean and disinfect. For soft (porous) surfaces such as carpeted floors or rugs, clean the surface with detergents or cleaners appropriate for use on these surfaces, according to the textile’s label. After cleaning, disinfect with an appropriate disinfectant on EPA List N: Disinfectants for Coronavirus (COVID-19). Soft and porous materials, like carpet, are generally not as easy to disinfect as hard and non-porous surfaces. EPA has listed a limited number of products approved for disinfection for use on soft and porous materials on List N. Follow the disinfectant manufacturer’s safety instructions (such as wearing gloves and ensuring adequate ventilation), for concentration level, application method and contact time. Allow sufficient drying time if vacuum is not intended for wet surfaces.

While vacuuming, temporarily turn off in-room, window-mounted, or on-wall recirculation HVAC to avoid contamination of the HVAC units.

Do NOT deactivate central HVAC systems. These systems tend to provide better filtration capabilities and introduce outdoor air into the areas that they serve.

Once area has been appropriately disinfected, it can be opened for use.

If more than 7 days since the person who is sick visited or used the facility, additional cleaning and disinfection is not necessary. Continue routine cleaning and disinfection. This includes everyday practices that businesses and communities normally use to maintain a healthy environment.