In the project, PandemicClean – Safe and Effective Cleaning in Pandemic Situation, information was gathered about what kind of cleaning instructions were given for cleaning during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Data was collected during spring and summer in 2022 from the following countries: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Norway, Romania, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. The instructions were mainly given by public authorities or organisations, and research institutes. Also, WHO, CDC, ECDC instructions were documented.
The extent, detail, and the content of the instructions varied. Some countries had very brief guidelines only emphasizing proper and thorough cleaning. Some countries had very detailed guidelines e.g. with instructions how to clean different surface materials and items, too. Usually, the most detailed instructions were given about suitable disinfectants. Guidelines on cleaning equipment or methods were rarely given.
Most commonly the instructions included general guidance to prevent spreading of coronavirus, but from some topics, guidelines were given also for places occupied with Covid-19 infected persons and for long-term care units with Covid-19 suspicion or infection.
Based on all the instructions, the following summary was compiled.
The summary is divided to different topics found on the instructions. No single guideline covered all the topics.
We hope this summary will be useful the next time you’ll need to prepare pandemic cleaning guidelines and their content.