Corvid-19: Clean AND Disinfect

A lot has been shared about the coronavirus and how to prevent transmission, but take note of this fundamental advice from credible sources like CDC (Centre for Disease Control and Prevention).

Best Practice Measures for Prevention of Corvid-19

Transmission of coronavirus occurs much more commonly through respiratory droplets. Current evidence suggests that novel coronavirus may remain viable for hours to days on surfaces made from a variety of materials. Cleaning of visibly dirty surfaces followed by disinfection is a best practice measure for prevention of COVID-19 and other viral respiratory illnesses in households and community settings.

It’s Important to Clean AND Disinfect Surfaces

Cleaning refers to the removal of germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces. Cleaning does not kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection.

Disinfecting refers to using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, but by killing germs on a surface after cleaning, it can further lower the risk of spreading infection.

What to clean

Start by cleaning frequently touched surfaces, such as tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets and sinks) with household cleaners and disinfectants that are appropriate for the surface, following label instructions. Labels contain instructions for safe and effective use of the cleaning product including precautions you should take when applying the product, such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product.

How to clean and disinfect

If possible, wear disposable gloves when cleaning and disinfecting surfaces. After use gloves should be discarded (Clean hands immediately after gloves are removed).

Hard Surfaces

Before disinfecting surfaces, clean using a detergent or soap and water.

To disinfect surfaces, diluted household bleach solutions, alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol, and most common household disinfectants should be effective.

Diluted household bleach solutions can be used if appropriate for the surface. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.

Prepare a bleach solution by mixing:

  • 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per 4lt of water or
  • 4 teaspoons bleach per lt of water

Soft Surfaces

For soft (porous) surfaces such as carpeted floor, rugs, and drapes, remove visible contamination if present and clean with appropriate cleaners indicated for use on these surfaces. After cleaning:

  • Wear disposable gloves when handling dirty laundry from an ill person and then discard after each use. If using reusable gloves, those gloves should be dedicated for cleaning and disinfection of surfaces for COVID-19 and should not be used for other household purposes. Clean hands immediately after gloves are removed.
    • If no gloves are used when handling dirty laundry, be sure to wash hands afterwards.
    • If possible, do not shake dirty laundry. This will minimize the possibility of dispersing virus through the air.
    • Launder items as appropriate in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. If possible, launder items using the warmest appropriate water setting for the items and dry items completely. Dirty laundry from an ill person can be washed with other people’s items.
    • Clean and disinfect clothes hampers according to guidance above for surfaces. If possible, consider placing a bag liner that is either disposable (can be thrown away) or can be laundered.

Hand hygiene

If you’re cleaning the home, office or community centre, it is critical to clean hands often, including immediately after removing gloves and after contact with another person, by washing hands with soap and water for 20 seconds.

If soap and water are not available and hands are not visibly dirty, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol may be used. However, if hands are visibly dirty, always wash hands with soap and water.

Household members should follow normal preventive actions while at work and home including recommended hand hygiene and avoiding touching eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.

When to clean your hands

  • After blowing one’s nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After using the restroom
  • Before eating or preparing food
  • After contact with animals or pets
  • Before and after providing routine care for another person who needs assistance (e.g. a child)

WEST PACK LIFESTYLE STATEMENT ON CORVID-19

In line with West Pack Lifestyle’s longstanding commitment to provide a safe and clean shopping environment, stores have increased the frequency of cleanings, paying close attention to high-touch areas such as restrooms, register areas, shopping trollies and hand baskets.

Please take note of the following procedures that come into effect as of Monday 16 March 2020:

  • [ ] stores will be cleaned daily
  • [ ] sanitizing solutions will be used in high-touch, high-traffic areas.
  • [ ] shopping trollies and baskets will be wiped down at least 3 times daily and cleaned with sanitizing wipes
  • [ ] cashier stations will each have extra hand sanitizing solutions
  • [ ] credit card terminals will be cleaned by cashiers after every transaction with a customer
  • [ ] Restrooms /bathrooms will be sanitized more frequently and restocked with soap, paper towels and alcohol based hand sanitizer
  • [ ] when restocking products, shelves will be wipes clean and sanitized
  • [ ] free disinfectant wipes will be made available at every West Pack store entrance so customers can sanitize their own shopping trolleys or baskets as an extra measure of prevention.
  • Should any West Pack Lifestyle or West Pack Express store run out of any of these items, Head Office will endeavor to restock the store as soon as possible and in the interim, alternative adequare products and solutions be used.