Germs including coronavirus can survive on environmental surfaces for varied periods of time. To minimise the spread of infection, the environment must be kept as clean and dry as possible.
Your usual cleaning products should be effective for dealing with coronavirus.
Cleaning is a simple and easy method using friction (such as wiping or scrubbing) with warm water and detergent to physically remove germs. This alone will not inactivate germs but it will reduce their numbers.
To effectively clean an object or surface, follow the 3 step process below:
Note: Disinfectants should not be used as part of your routine cleaning (with the exception of toilets and food preparation areas)
Disinfection is a process that uses chemical agents or heat to reduce the number of germs. It does not kill all germs but can be used to reduce numbers to safe levels.
There are 2 methods for chemical disinfection:
One stage process – using a combined detergent and disinfectant
Two stage process: