Based on what we know about the spread of coronavirus and COVID-19, cleaning of hard surfaces followed by disinfecting can help limit the spread of the virus in the household.
Difference between Cleaning and Disinfecting:
- Cleaning – Uses soap or detergents and water to remove, but not kill, germs and dirt from surfaces. It lowers the number of viruses which helps lower the risk of spreading infection.
- Disinfecting – Uses chemicals to kill germs on surfaces after cleaning to further lower the risk of spreading infection.
Here are 8 hard surfaces in your household to clean and disinfect regularly:
- Light switches
- Remote controls
- Hard-backed chairs
- Tables & countertops
- Doorknobs and handles
- Sinks and faucets
For more guidelines on cleaning and disinfecting, including for households with someone in isolation because of suspected or confirmed COVID-19 visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/cleaning-disinfection.html.