Did you know that cleaning to prevent the spread of COVID-19 requires both cleaning and disinfecting?
Safe Work Australia recommends that before a surface is disinfected, it is important it is cleaned first because dirt and grime can reduce the ability of disinfectants to kill germs. Disinfectant may not kill the virus if the surface has not been cleaned with a detergent first. Cleaning and disinfecting should be a part of any workplace routine, and cleaning to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is an essential component of becoming a COVIDSafe Business.
What should I use for routine cleaning?
In most circumstances, cleaning with detergent and water is sufficient. Ensure that you scrub away any dirt or grime to ensure the surface is ready for disinfection.
Soft or porous surfaces
For soft or porous surfaces like fabric or leather, seek advice from the manufacturer of the item to be cleaned about which products can be safely used.
Detergent can generally be used to clean fabric surfaces. If more thorough cleaning is needed, fabric surfaces may be steam cleaned. Leather will have special cleaning requirements.
If soft or porous surfaces require regular cleaning, such as seats in offices, or in vehicles, it may be more effective to use a removable washable cover or a disposable cover and replace these as regularly as you would clean the surfaces.
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What should I use to disinfect?
Hard surfaces – Sanitiser
Disinfectants containing ≥ 70% alcohol, quaternary ammonium compounds, chlorine bleach or oxygen bleach are suitable for use on hard surfaces (that is, surfaces where any spilt liquid pools, and does not soak in). These will be labelled as ‘disinfectant’ on the packaging.
Soft or porous surfaces
Disinfectant is not suitable on fabric surfaces as it only works with extended contact time with the surface.
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For more information please refer to Safe Work Australia article:
Where to find more information about Coronavirus?
The Department of Health runs the National Coronavirus Hotline – 1800 020 080. You can find more contact options for the Department of Health on their website.