During this unprecedented time, cleaning and disinfecting have become top priorities. In order to keep you, your employees, or family safe from the spread of COVID-19, we’ve collected information to form a guide on cleaning tools and equipment.
Before cleaning, please take the following precautions:
Mild Soap & Rest Period
Clean the tool with a damp cloth and mild soap. Allow the tool to rest for 72 hours, as the CDC states that the virus may live on plastic surfaces for up to 3 days. After the rest period, the tool can be used again.
Mild Soap & Diluted Bleach Solution
Pre-wash the surface of the tool with a damp cloth and mild soap. Create a diluted bleach solution by mixing 5 tablespoons (1/3 cup) bleach per gallon of water, or 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water.
Tool Cleaning Steps:
- Clean the tool or battery surface with mild soap and water to remove dirt and grease. Note: Do not use bleach when cleaning batteries. Take the proper precautions when using bleach. Never mix the bleach solution with ammonia or other cleansers.
- For power tools, wring out a cloth dipped into the diluted bleach solution. Be sure that the cloth is not dripping wet.
- Wipe each handle, grasping surface, and outer surface. Ensure liquid does not get into the tool.
- Allow the surface to dry naturally.
Note: Do not use bleach when cleaning batteries. Take the proper precautions when using bleach. Never mix the bleach solution with ammonia or other cleansers.
Disclaimer: Advanced cleaning is needed if blood was on the tool. Training is required for this type of work. Follow the OSHA requirements to learn more. Follow cleaning and disinfecting recommendations from the CDC and your State and Local Health Departments.
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