Workspace Cleaning and Disinfecting

Now more than ever, proper workspace cleaning and sanitation procedures and protocols are crucial. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting. The CDC strongly recommends routine cleaning and disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces.

General Cleaning and Disinfecting

Wear disposable gloves and maintain good ventilation while cleaning and disinfecting, including handling trash.

Use soap and water to clean surfaces first, then use a disinfectant. The CDC recommends the use of an EPA-registered household disinfectant, following the instruction on the label. A diluted household bleach solution or alcohol solution with at least 70% alcohol may also be used if appropriate.

Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.


Regularly clean and disinfect shared and personal electronics, including tablets, phones, touchscreens, keyboards, remote controls, and ATMs. Follow manufacturer’s instruction for cleaning and disinfecting. If there is no manufacturer’s guidance, the CDC recommends using alcohol-based wipes or sprays containing at least 70% alcohol and allowing the surface to dry thoroughly.

Soft Surfaces

Clean soft surfaces (carpeted floors, rugs, drapes, etc.) with soap and water. Disinfect with an EPA-registered household disinfectant. If possible, launder items according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Continue vacuuming as usual.


Launder clothing, towels, linens, and other items according to the manufacturer’s instructions using the warmest appropriate water setting and completely dry items. Clean and disinfect hampers. Wear disposable gloves while handling laundry.


Check out the full article from the CDC with more information on everyday steps to clean and disinfect, steps to take when someone is sick, and further considerations for employers here!

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