Infection control & cleaning methods to help tackle a school outbreak. Part 2

Following on from the previous article, Infection control & cleaning methods to help tackle a school outbreak. Part 1, this documents the steps to undertake during and following an outbreak.

Cleaning Chemicals for use in treating a viral outbreak

Step by step guide to cleaning during an outbreak

It is important that a vigorous cleaning regime is carried out. This should occur twice daily as a minimum during the outbreak using clean, disposable cloths, dedicated colour-coded mops/mop buckets for toilet areas and appropriate cleaning chemicals for use in communal areas.

Vacuum cleaning carpets and buffing floors during an outbreak have the potential to recirculate the virus and are not recommended.

Washrooms

Step 1:  Wash hands, put on gloves and other protective wear, if required. Display warning signs.

Step 2:  Flush toilet or urinal. Force water around S bend with toilet brush. Apply Jangro Perfumed Toilet Cleaner undiluted and leave for a few minutes. Flush with clean water prior to disinfecting.

Step 3:  Spray Jangro Foaming Bactericidal Cleaner around the exterior bowl, ledges, shelves, door handles and cistern handle and wipe with a clean, damp cloth. Dispose of this cloth.

Step 4:  Using another disposable cloth, clean the basin with Jangro Foaming Bactericidal Cleaner first and then clean the lavatory seat.

Step 5:  If a bucket was used for cleaning it too must be cleaned after use with the Jangro Foaming Bactericidal Cleaner, dried and stored inverted on a rack.

Step 6:  The floor must then be mopped with Jangro Foaming Bactericidal Cleaner and the mop head laundered after use. Ensure that surfaces are dry before anyone uses the lavatory.

Cleaning Equipment for use with an outbreak

Communal areas

Frequently touched surfaces should be cleaned with Jangro Multi-Purpose Cleaner and rinsed to remove any organic matter before disinfecting with the Jangro Cleaner Disinfectant .

Step 1: Wash hands, put on gloves and other protective wear, if required. Display warning signs.

Step 2: Using a dampened disposable cloth with Jangro Cleaner Disinfectant, begin cleaning surfaces, changing cloths and solution as they become soiled. Work top down, e.g. high ledges, furniture and fittings etc.

Step 3: Using colour-coded mop head and handle, immerse into the Jangro Multi- Purpose cleaning solution (Follow the dilution guide).

Step 4: Mop the floor in 1-2 metre square sections. Mop edges with straight strokes and use a figure-of-eight pattern on the remainder of the section, turning the mop frequently. The floor should be fairly dry on completion. Move to the next section and repeat the process.

Step 5: Replace the mop head and solution as required throughout the cleaning process.

Step 6: On completion, remove the final mop head and place in the laundry bag, clean and dry all equipment and store safely and tidily in a secure storage area, away from other equipment; segregated according to colour-coding where appropriate.

Step 7: Remove and dispose of single-use gloves, apron and other protective wear. Thoroughly wash and sanitise your hands on removal of gloves. Remove warning signs when the area is dry.

Note: If the spillage has taken place on a carpet, thoroughly clean the affected area using either Jangro Odour Neutraliser or Micro Clean. If possible use a steam cleaner if appropriate, or a carpet extraction machine. Laundering and steam cleaning at a temperature of 70°C is recommended.

Hand washing

Hand washing is vital to prevent person to person transmission. It must be actively encouraged. Staff, children and visitors should be able to easily access liquid soap and paper towels. A foot operated bin is preferable to prevent recontamination of hands.

Jangro Alcohol Hand Gel is recommended in outbreak situations as a further measure to prevent person to person spread by contaminated hands.

Guide to cleaning following an outbreak

Once the outbreak is over, approx 72 hours after the last case, then a thorough environmental clean is required.

This will involve the surfaces and door handles being cleaned and carpets steam cleaned. Curtains should be washed on the highest setting which the fabric will withstand. Cleaning should be undertaken with separate colour coded equipment and disposable cloths. The virus can live in soft furnishings for weeks and this is an important measure to ensure the outbreak doesn’t recur.

Process of Cleaning:

  • Table tops where dust collects
  • Door handles and edges
  • Floors
  • Toilet facilities; including edges of doors, door handles, light switches etc

All areas are to be damp dusted with Jangro Multi-Purpose Cleaner and then with Jangro Cleaner Disinfectant or Jangro Medical Sanitiser. This ensures that dust and possible virus particles are wiped away. Carpets if soiled should be steam cleaned or at least shampooed. Jangro Multi-Purpose Cleaner can be used as a carpet pre-spray treatment.

PPE, janitorial and cleaning supplies used to tackle an outbreak

Suitable Janitorial Supplies: Spray Bottle, Colour-coded Bucket,  Warning Signs,  Carpet Extraction Carpet Cleaner, if applicable,  Wiping ClothsColour-coded MopBio Hazard kit,  Clinical Waste Bags,  Long-Arm Grippers, if required

Suitable Disposable PPE: Disposable Overall, Disposable Gloves, Protective Shoes (if identified on risk assessment)

Suitable Jangro Cleaning Chemicals: Cleaner Disinfectant, Foaming Bactericidal Cleaner, Medical Sanitiser, Sanitaire, Multi-Purpose Cleaner, Odour Neutraliser, Perfumed Toilet Cleaner, Bleach

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