28th January 2021

Cleaning surfaces during the COVID-19 pandemic

Post by Sharp Hygiene

Importance of maintaining a COVID-19 secure area

Due to the virus that causes COVID-19 (Sars-CoV-2), spreading mainly from person to person, we pay close attention to protecting ourselves during these unprecedented times, we must ensure that the environment we are living or working in is as safe as possible. The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and others health authorities, have emphasised that both washing one’s hands, along with cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces daily are key in preventing Covid-19’s spread. The COVID-19 virus can live on hard, non-porous surfaces for days if not cleaned effectively.


Key areas to disinfect

If you look around your environment, whether it be at home or at work, there will be a select few places that are touched more frequently than others. These areas pose a greater risk at spreading the COVID-19 virus, and are the ‘high touch’ surfaces that are recommended we to pay more attention during cleaning throughout the day. These areas are:

  • Work countertops / desks
  • Computer keyboards / mouses
  • Door handles
  • Light switches
  • Mobile phones / landlines
  • Kitchen / breakroom cupboards and draws


Can I use a cloth and spray to clean my surfaces?

Some cleaning products lend themselves better to certain tasks than others; and sometimes we use a product due to personal preference. Within a working environment, this usually comes down to how quickly we can complete the cleaning task and continue with our work. We may think that a recommended disinfectant spray and cloth will do the trick, but we could be wrong.

Below are a few statements that we should consider when choosing our cleaning product:

  • “In indoor spaces, routine application of disinfectants to surfaces via spraying is not recommended for COVID-19. If disinfectants are to be applied, these should be via a cloth or wipe which is soaked in the disinfectant” – WHO
  • “Use disposable cloths or paper towel when possible” – NHS
  • “Use disposable cloth or paper roll to clean hard surfaces. Think one site, one wipe, one direction” – GOV

By using a spray and cloth to clean multiple areas, we may be causing unnecessary transmission of the virus from one surface to the other. However, by using one disinfectant wipe for one area only, it is much less likely for the virus to spread between surfaces.


It kills 99.99% of germs and bacteria, but does it kill COVID-19?

Prior to and especially now, during the coronavirus pandemic, there is a wide selection of disinfectant wipes available to the public that all state that they an effective way of cleaning your surfaces. And this statement is true, however do they state they are killing the Sars-CoV-2 virus on your surfaces that causes the COVID-19 virus?

See the statements below relating to the effective cleaning and disinfecting of a surface that is contaminated with the COVID-19 virus:

  • “Alcohol at 70-90% can be used for surface disinfection” – WHO
  • “Alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol” – CDC

These statements from the WHO and CDC state that to effectively disinfect a hard, non-porous surface of COVID-19, a cleaning product with an alcohol concentration of 70% must be used. The use of alcohol-free product may serve effective against other germs and bacteria but may not be the killing COVID-19 virus on the surface.



SharpHygiene have created a highly visible Free Standing and Wall Mounted Hand Hygiene Station which are suitable for indoor and outdoor use. Our Hygiene Stations are developed In-line with government guidelines to make your business COVDI Secure and protect your customers, employees and business from potential virus outbreaks. The striking design attracts attention to maximise usage and incorporates user information to comply with section 5.3 of UK government’s Hygiene: handwashing, sanitation facilities and toilets guidelines. Both stations are anti-tamper protected and require a key to open the dispenser.

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