Cleaning a clinic room

Published 1 December 2021

Use products suitable for each surface, following the directions on the product label including any personal protective equipment you may need to wear to protect you from chemicals.

Clean surfaces with detergent and then use disinfectant.

If disinfectants are required, ensure that it is effective against the COVID-19 virus. Follow the instructions to use them safely and effectively. Dwell times – the length of time a product should remain wet on a surface – are needed before drying a surface with a clean cloth to kill germs.

Start by cleaning surfaces higher up and work your way to the floor. This method ensures that any particles, dust or dirt fall to the floor which will then be cleaned last.

First clean surfaces and objects that are less frequently touched.

Work your way to cleaning more frequently touched items that have a higher risk of being contaminated (eg, door handles and toilets).

Avoid going from an area that has not been cleaned to an area that has been cleaned. This prevents contaminating the cleaned area and will ensure you aren’t cross-contaminating items or surfaces.

Clean cloths and mop heads after use.

When finished wash and dry your hands.

You can wear household gloves when cleaning/disinfecting to protect your hands from any cleaning chemicals. When finished, wash reusable household gloves and then wash and dry your hands. If using disposable gloves, remove after use, discard in a rubbish bin and then wash and dry your hands.

Source: Ministry of Health 

Decontaminating a GP room – watch a video demonstration by Irish GPs