New facts are continually becoming available regarding COVID-19. Consequently, this article will eventually become outdated. For the most up-to-date information, please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and the Environmental Protection Agency.
Coronavirus Cleaning Information from CDC and EPA
When it comes to cleaning of your carpets, rugs, and upholstery, the Centers for Disease Control’s Cleaning and Disinfection for Households recommends removing visible contamination and cleaning with appropriate cleaners indicated for use on such surfaces, as well as laundering and completely drying soft, porous smaller items using the warmest appropriate water setting according to manufacturer’s instructions. For specific product recommendations, the Environmental Protection Agency published List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2. If you are unable to find manufacturer-recommended products for use against SARS-CoV2 suitable for your porous surfaces on the list, look for product labels that confirm an EPA registration number and have human coronavirus listed as a target pathogen. Be sure to follow the label directions for use, including the proper amount of contact time.
For how to protect and prepare yourself or what to do if you think you are sick:
- The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America
- Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- Checklist to Get Ready
For advice, situation reports, media resources, research and development, statistics, and more, from the World Health Organization:
Coronavirus disease 2019
To get answers about disinfectants, drinking water, waste water and septic systems, and indoor air:
Frequent Questions about Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Our Commitment to You
We make a point to provide our clients with helpful tips and information for carpet and upholstery care, but especially so during the COVID-19 pandemic. To protect and maintain a healthy environment in your home or workplace, use soap and warm water to wash your hands, disinfect high-traffic surfaces, frequently use a vacuum with a HEPA filter, clean your porous surfaces, and book an appointment to have your carpets, rugs, and upholstery professionally cleaned as soon as social distancing restrictions are lifted. Feel free to contact us with any specific questions you may have about COVID-19 and our services during this difficult time.
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This article written by Fred Hueston, Chief Technical Director for Surface Care PROS, is one of a series of articles of Surface Care PROS and published on behalf of Surface Care PRO Partners.