How To Deep Clean A Care Home
Deep cleaning will become the expected norm from the general public. This will help minimise the spread of viruses. Care homes like hospitals are more challenging to clean as they are occupied 24/7.
Deep cleaning is through cleaning of all surfaces, floors, soft furnishings and all equipment/furniture and fixtures. Within a particular room or the whole home.
Cleaning each of the following is required.
- Skirting boards, picture and dado rails
- Doors and door frames and handles
- Radiator covers - which need to be removed and radiator cleaned thoroughly
- Window sills and frames
- Windows inside
- All ledges, flat surfaces and tops of wardrobes etc
- Bed frames
- Mattresses including checking inside
- Bedrails and covers
- Bedside cabinets and over bed tables
- Soft furnishings, chairs, foot stools, hoist sling, including curtains
- Curtain rails and curtain tracks
- Extractor fans and vents
- Floors and carpets
- Light switches, fittings and lampshades
- Re-useable equipment, commodes, hoists and shower chairs
- Sinks and taps - (clean tap before cleaning sink)
- Baths/showers, toilets, taps, flush and door handles
Ensure the correct Personal Protective Equipment is worn i.e. household gloves, single use disposable aprons, eye protection (when mixing chemicals/risk of splashing)
Deep cleaning should be undertaken using:
- Clean bucket
- Water and general purpose detergent solution (disinfectant solution such as bleach or *V1 Virucidal Disinfectant should only be required following cleaning if there has been an outbreak of diarrhoea and or vomiting or a case of clostridium difficile infection
- Disposable colour coded cloths
- Floor mop with disposable or washable mop head
- Vacuum cleaner fitted with a high particulate filter (HEPA filter)
- *ULV Cold Fogging Machine
- Water and detergent solution should always be changed for each episode of cleaning when moving from one environment to another (e.g. room to room) and when water is visibly dirty or contaminated.
A colour coding system of cleaning materials and equipment, including cloths, mop heads and handles, buckets for cloths, mops etc should be operated within the care environment – examples can be found in the NHS Healthcare Cleaning Manual.
Bathrooms, washrooms, showers, toilets, basins and bathroom floors.
General areas, Including lounges, offices, corridors and bedrooms
Kitchen areas including satellite kitchen areas and food storage areas.
Bedrooms when someone has infection and is cared for in their own room (isolated).
The ‘Golden Rule’ for cleaning is work from the cleanest area toward the dirtiest area – this greatly reduces the risk of cross contamination. Cleaning equipment should be thoroughly cleaned following use and the cleaners trolley should be stored appropriately (not in the sluice).
Written protocols instructing staff on how to undertake deep cleaning should be available and records requiring the signature of the staff member undertaking the deep cleaning and the date that the cleaning occurred should be kept by the care establishment management – remember if it is not written down it has not happened.
* Selden Extreme has optimal disinfection for use in healthcare, catering and high risk applications.
It kills Norovirus, E. Coli, Swine Flu, HIV, Hepatitis C, MRSA & Clostridium difficile and Passes EN 1276, 13704, 1650, 14476 & 14675
Selden Extreme is manufactured in the UK to ISO 9001, 14001 & 18001
It is independently proven to kill the Norovirus, HIV, Hepatitis C and H1N1 Influenza viruses.
Also certified to kill Clostridium difficile, MRSA and common food poisoning bacteria including Salmonella typhimurium, Listeria monocytogenes and Escherichia coli.
*By Using a ULV cold Fogging Machine (fogger) you can insure a professional commercial deep clean has taken place. Mix your chosen disinfectant (we recommend V1 Virucidal Disinfectant which is Government Approved) externally in a suitable container (Helps prevent COVID-19 Spread) in accordance with the manufacturers label and fill the fog machine. With the disinfectant loaded the fogger will spray a fine mist (fog) into the room insuring all areas are covered.
By Using a fogging machine you can cover fast areas without missing any surfaces or the need to wipe afterwards. The sanitiser lands dry on all surfaces hard or soft without causing any harm and offers a full covering of disinfectant.
ULV fogging machines can cost below £500 which makes them an affordable piece of cleaning equipment that all care homes should have in there clean cup boarded. They should be as common as hoover and used as often to keep all areas free from bacteria.
With the recent pandemic (COVID-19) at Clean Life Clean Health we have seen the huge demand for fogging machines in the UK which has caused the massive shortage of them available to the public/businesses with many suppliers unable to guarantee delivery. We have teamed up with a factory in China to offer fast turnaround (3 weeks maximum) to help provided the fogging machines that people so desperately need in order to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.