Surface Decontamination Protocols

Surface Decontamination Protocols

We are actively monitoring the COVID-19/Coronavirus situation and will continue to follow CDC guidelines.

Here are  the protocols we follow when decontaminating any surface:

Step 1: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Our employees must wear personal protective equipment before entering the building, those include a disposable face shield, gloves, gowns, and an N95 respirator. All disposable equipment is disposed of as biohazardous waste after use.  All employees are trained in donning & doffing procedures.

Step 2: Preparation before cleaning

These preparations ensure the disinfectants and detergents will work properly.

The solutions must be prepared in a clean, dry container and prepared fresh daily with tap water and the proper mixture.  We only use EPA-registered & CDC-approved disinfectants.

Step 3: Cleaning different types of surfaces

For minimal hand-contact surfaces like window sills, walls, and ceilings the solution is prepared using the recommended PPE, and standard procedures are followed (no spray bottles are used).

While cleaning hard floors wet mopping and wet vacuuming are included, and the disinfectant solutions for mopping are replaced regularly, every three or four rooms and no more than 60 minutes. While replacing disinfectant solutions, the mop heads are replaced and decontaminated as well.

For frequent hand-contact surfaces, more protocols are followed.

For surfaces with high exposure to contacts like counters, doors, bathrooms, handrails, and other non-porous or hard surfaces (glass, metal, plastic), our employees wear the recommended PPE and pour EPA-registered disinfectant into a cleaning cloth or even disinfectant wipes like EZ-KILL or CaviWipes, those are used to wipe down these surfaces and to dry out completely, which are followed with a second wipe with a clean disinfecting cloth.

These clothes or wipes are placed in a sealed Ziploc bag. The reusable cloths are decontaminated in bleach for 20 minutes and dried before reusing.

The disposable materials used are double-bagged as biohazardous waste.

A log of locations and surfaces cleaned are kept with the date and time for all locations.

In the case of furniture, they are cleaned with disinfectant wipes and for carpet, a wet vacuum is used to decontaminate using the recommended PPE & EPA-registered disinfectant.

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