Gather the items needed for cleaning before entering the area and cleaning begins. This may include the following:
personal protective equipment (PPE)
cleaning equipment and solutions
rubbish waste bag
alcohol-based hand rub.
Personal protective equipment recommendations
People entering the room and the person with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 should wear a surgical mask if the person with COVID-19 remains in the room while the cleaning is done.
People should use the following process to safely put on the recommended personal protective equipment before entering the area:
Clean your hands. This can be done with either liquid soap and running water or alcohol- based hand rub.
Put on a disposable apron. Fasten the back of the apron at the neck and waist.
If the person with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 is in the area to be cleaned put on a surgical mask. Secure the ties of the mask at the middle of the head and neck. Fit the flexible band to nose bridge and ensure mask is fitted snug to face and below the chin. Do not touch or adjust the mask until you are ready to remove the mask.
Put on protective eyewear to protect your eyes from the cleaning fluids.
Put on disposable latex or vinyl gloves.
The purpose of personal protective equipment is to reduce the risk of direct contact with contaminated surfaces.
Once cleaning is completed, place all disposable cleaning items in the rubbish waste bag.
Preparation of bleach solutions
Household bleach comes in a variety of strengths of the active ingredient (sodium hypochlorite) and you can find this information on the product label often listed as available chlorine.
Table 1. Recipes to achieve a 1,000ppm bleach solution
Original strength of bleach (available chlorine)
Disinfectant recipe to make up 1 litre of bleach solution. In a bucket, place the volume of water required and gently add the measured volume of bleach.