I had a request for basic cleaning principles for a doctor’s office. Here is a list for any healthcare facility, and for your home as well.
- Scrubbing is the best way to physically remove dirt, debris and microorganisms.
- Cleaning is required prior to any disinfection process because dirt and debris will decrease the effectiveness of disinfectants.
- Cleaning products should be selected on the basis of their use, efficacy, safety and cost.
- Cleaning should always progress from the least soiled areas to the most soiled areas and from high to low areas, so the the dirtiest areas and debris that falls will be cleaned up last.
- Dry sweeping, mopping and dusting should be avoided to prevent dust and microorganisms from getting into the air and landing on clean surfaces.
- Mixing and dilution instructions must be followed. Too much or too little will reduce the effectiveness of cleaners and disinfectants.
- Cleaning methods and written cleaning schedules (work routines) should be based on the type of surface, amount and type of soil present and the purpose of the area.
- Routine cleaning is necessary to maintain a standard of cleanliness. Work schedules and procedures should be consistent and posted.
There you go, general principles for cleaning hospitals, clinics and other healthcare facilities summarized.