These interactive images are intended to provide guidance on how to clean the various materials that comprise the high-touch areas of a typical work or education setting. We're continuously researching this topic, and we are posting new guidance as we confirm it. Where possible, specific cleaning product brand names are included. If your company uses other cleaning products, we suggest that you reference the EPA number listed, which will detail the active and inactive ingredients. If the EPA list has another cleaning product that is similar in composition and concentration with those on our guidelines, it is likely safe to use.
- Before using any cleaner, check first to ensure it complies with your company's EHS (Environmental Health and Safety) requirements.
- Please work with your Facilities and EHS staff to determine how frequently your products should be cleaned.
- Always follow the cleaner manufacturer's instructions for use, including dilution and dwell time (time that the cleaner remains on surface before being cleaned off).
- Proper personal protection equipment (PPE) such as gloves and eye protection, as directed by the cleaner manufacturer, must be worn.
- Never mix cleaners together, especially bleach and ammonia, as the mixture produces toxic fumes.
- Ensure that proper ventilation is used, in accordance with the cleaner manufacturer's directions.
- To avoid risks of fire or shock, always disconnect electrical power when cleaning products that use or provide electricity.
- Be careful not to allow liquids to enter any openings in electrical products.
- For the latest information on potential exposure pathways for COVID-19 infection, including contact with surfaces, please see the CDC website.
Directions when using spray cleaners:
- The spray should be enough to coat the surface of the fabric, but not to soak through to the substrate.
- Be sure to spray the cleaner uniformly, in order to minimize the impact of the cleaner on material.