Environmental cleaning and disinfection principles for COVID-19

March 17, 2020 -

Routine environmental cleaning

  • Cleaning is an essential part of disinfection. Organic matter can inactivate many disinfectants. Cleaning reduces the soil load, allowing the disinfectant to work.
  • Removal of germs such as the virus that causes COVID-19 requires thorough cleaning
    followed by disinfection.
  • The length of time that SARS-COV-2 (the cause of COVID-19) survives on inanimate
    surfaces will vary depending on factors such as the amount of contaminated body fluid – such
    as respiratory droplets – present and environmental temperature and humidity. In general, coronaviruses are unlikely to survive for long once droplets produced by coughing or
    sneezing dry out.

It is good practice to routinely clean surfaces as follows: (Australian Government Department of Health – COVID-19)

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