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COVID Exposure Cleaning and Disinfection Tips

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

Photo of SERVPRO employee COVID cleaning an office with a static misting gun. Electrostatic spraying or "misting" is a standard part of our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program.

With over 27 million cases of Coronavirus (aka “COVID”) in the United States, there’s a possibility that you will have an employee at your facility who tests positive if you haven’t already. 

If that happens, there are cleaning and disinfection steps you need to follow (as well as having employees tested for potential exposure) to reduce further COVID exposure to your employees and anyone who visits your facility. 

First, immediately block off or close any areas of your facility that were used by the person who tested positive for COVID until those areas are deep cleaned. Open windows and doors in that area, if possible, and allow air to fully circulate. 

The best practice by the CDC is to wait a full 24 hours after closing it off and opening the windows and doors to start deep cleaning and disinfecting. However, we realize that you might not be able to do so. If that is the case, wait as long as you can after the windows have been opened to clean. 

Next, clean and disinfect (with a disinfectant on the EPA’s list of disinfectants for COVID) any items or equipment that your employee has handled in their workspace. This can include their computer, chair, keyboard, and the surface of their table or cubicle. 

If they have used your facility’s kitchen, all surfaces there should also be disinfected to prevent further COVID exposure. If not, the usual cleaning method for your kitchen will suffice. 

This is also true for your facility’s bathroom or bathrooms. You will want to make sure the faucet, paper towel holder, and stall and bathroom doors are all disinfected.

Still worried about your risk, or if you’re not going to do a deep enough cleaning? Contact us here at SERVPRO of Haverhill / Newburyport to have your facility thoroughly deep cleaned and disinfected by trained professionals. Our cleaning experts offer Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, which is a defensive, proactive viral pathogen cleaning program along with remediation processes to help you re-open safely.

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