Covid-19. Changes in Cleaning Practices & Protocols

Master guide for COVID-19 Disinfection and Deep Clean.

General & Preparation Requirements

- Make sure to thoroughly clean your hands in accordance with CDC Guidelines

- Wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and dry thoroughly

- Use alcohol based sanitizer if you don’t have immediate access to soap and water - Rewash hands in any of the following events

- Blowing one’s nose

- Coughing

- Sneezing

- After using the restroom - Disposing trash

- Make sure to wear disposable gloves on both hands when cleaning and disinfecting surfaces - If gloves are removed during cleaning, wash hands immediately

- If reusable gloves are used, dedicate them solely for COVID-19 cleaning

- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth throughout the clean as much as possible - Follow CDC guidelines for approved cleaning products

  • Check that cleaners contain chlorine, hydrogen peroxide, detergents, iodophors, or alcohols - Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser

- Check to make sure the products have not expired

- Refer to manufacturer’s instructions for proper ventilation

- Confirm use of EPA-registered disinfectants

- Check to make sure the products have not expired

- Refer to manufacturer’s instructions for proper ventilation

- Make sure the disinfectants fulfill the following CDC guidelines

- Diluted household bleach solution: Prepared by mixing  5 tablespoons of bleach per gallon of water - 

- Alcohol solution (with at least 70% alcohol)

- Follow CDC guidelines for approved disposable products

- These include disinfecting wipes and paper towels

- Avoid using rags

How should your cleaners change their processes?

Make sure your cleaners are using an approved disinfecting cleanser

Put in EPA Reg No. that is printed on the bottle.  

Beacon Home Services uses two disinfectants. One for hard surfaces PEROXIDE MULTI SURFACE CLEANER AND DISINFECTANT EPA registration # 1677-238 approved ingredient Hydrogen Peroxide and another for soft surfaces Husky 824 EPA registration # 67836-348 active ingredient ,Quaternary ammonium Not all cleansers disinfect, and when you’re dealing with infection, you want to be sure you’ve eradicated it from all surfaces.It is strongly emphasizes the importance of ensuring the appropriate use of all personal protective equipment (PPE), including masks, disposable gloves, and, in some cases, safety eye wear especially for any entry to a property within the 3-hour timeframe .If a large property requires more than one cleaner or other staff member to be present, staff must ensure that proper social distancing protocols are followed (by remaining at least 6' apart at all times and wearing masks and gloves).

  1. Wipe down light switches, lamps, cupboard handles, doorknobs, banisters, remotes, and thermostats. These are tiny areas of the property that don’t normally require attention, but since it is extremely likely that your previous guest touched these points, it is important to wipe them down. Make sure your cleaners know to give these areas special attention.
  2. Run all of your dishes and flatware through the dishwasher – even the clean ones. Think about the way you get a plate out of the cupboard. Your fingers touch the plate stacked beneath the one you removed, right? If that plate is infected and your guest eats a meal off of it, they will likely get infected as well. Play it safe and wash every dish.
  3. Sanitize high-contamination sites. Hopefully, your cleaner is already doing this, but just in case sanitization hasn’t been on your radar so far, make sure to use a disinfectant spray or bleach on your bathroom toilet, sink, and trash can. You should also disinfect your toilet brush!
  4. Wipe down all appliances, electronics, and provided amenities. Do you have an iron for your guests? A vacuum cleaner? Ask your cleaner to wipe down all of these items in case the previous guest left them infected. If you have soap dispensers, sponges, or other items for guest use, make sure they are clean and/or new.
  5. Clean your cleaning items. Do you provide soap, dishwasher liquid, laundry detergent, or cleaning supplies to your guests? These items often live under the sink and don’t get a lot of attention – they’re cleaning supplies, after all. However, bacteria can still live on the surfaces, and they need a good wipe-down in case of infection.
  6. Just before your cleaner leaves the property, have them sterilize your entry method. This might be the keypad or a set of keys in a lockbox, but either way, make sure the entry method has been thoroughly cleaned. 

Soft Surfaces and Upholstery 

 To date, there is limited information regarding how long the COVID-19 virus can live on fabric or other soft surfaces. 

Most soft surfaces (such as upholstery) can only be sanitized. 

Using a pressurized pump sprayer to distribute a sanitizing product across all soft surfaces is best. Be sure to know the limitations of your product and that it is safe to use on the soft goods in the property 

Ensure that all pillows have pillow protectors on them and the mattress has a mattress pad covering it. These items could be changed as often as needed or as seems reasonable. 

Blankets/comforters should ideally be removed for laundering and replaced with a freshly washed item. 

Trash Removal 

For both in-property trash gathering or outside trash in container collection and removal: 

Gloves and masks should be worn at all times. 

Use a disinfecting product on the trash barrel or bin and place a fresh liner or bag inside

Ensuring that comprehensive sanitation and cleaning protocols are applied across all vacation rental properties will be critical over the coming months to instill confidence with guests.

Owner and Guest Policies 

We are Asking homeowners to expand the changeover window by 2 hours. If you change over time is 11-2 please extend to 10-3

It is  recommended that all extra throw blankets, decorative pillows, or other soft objects should be boxed or bagged up and put away until further notice. 

Additional pillow protectors, pillows, mattress pads/protectors, blankets, comforters (or duvet covers) should be purchased, as possible, so they can be easily changed and laundered.

Resources from the World Health Organization (WHO), Center for Disease Control (CDC), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and leading vacation rental managers in order to create this master guide for COVID-19 Disinfection and Deep Clean. 

Beacon's Response to COVID-19