Routine cleaning and disinfection are vital for reducing the risk of infection to staff and visitors. Two types of frequently touched surfaces that need disinfection are:
- Hard, non-porous surfaces
- Soft, porous surfaces
Center for Disease Control
(CDC) recommends cleaning and disinfection of glass, metal, and plastic objects that are frequently touched by staff and patrons. Some of the most common hard surfaces in business places are tables, doorknobs, door handles, light switches, countertops, desks, phones, keyboards, point of sale keypads, toilets, faucets and sinks, shopping carts, gas pump handles, touch screens, ATM machines, and more.
Soft objects including carpet, rugs, and seating are not very easy to clean and therefore, their cleaning should be done as per the directions on the item's label, using the warmest appropriate water setting.
Visibly dirty surfaces should be cleaned with soap and water before disinfection.