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Clean "High Touch" Surfaces Often

Clean "High Touch" Surfaces Often

According to the CDC cleaning high touch or frequently touched surfaces should be done on a regular basis. Because of COVID-19, putting a little extra effort into cleaning especially "high touch" surfaces will be well worth it. Now is the time to disinfect and clean surfaces that you usually wouldn't normally think about cleaning along with commonly touched surfaces such as:

  • Cell phones
  • Remote controls
  • Game controllers
  • Keyboards
  • Computer mice
  • Light switches
  • Doorknobs
  • Doors
  • Staircase railings
  • Drawer handles
  • Faucets
  • Microwave, stove, and dishwasher buttons/knobs
  • Cupboards

These surfaces should be cleaned with EPA-registered cleaning products, diluted household bleach solutions, or alcohol-based wipes or spray that contains at least 70% alcohol. Please note that in order to disinfect, most household products require a dwell time, that is, spraying the product on until it is visibly wet and letting it sit for a certain amount of time. This dwell time can be 10 minutes or longer. It is important to follow the product label in order to properly disinfect.

6 Steps for Safe & Effective Disinfectant Use

  1. Check that your product is EPA Approved (epa.gov/listn)
  2. Follow the products directions
  3. Pre-clean surface with soap and water
  4. Follow the contact time (or dwell time) required to ensure the effectiveness of the disinfectant (found in product directions)
  5. Use disposable gloves and wash hands with soap and water after
  6. Lock up and keep out of reach of children

Reference EPA's "6 Steps for Safe & Effective Disinfectant Use".


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