Hygiene Best Practices and Cleaning of Facilities
What steps should parishes be taking to ensure that their facilities are clean?
The following websites provide guidance and product recommendations. Additional information will be added in the coming days.
- CDC Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations for Community and Faith-Based Organizations
- Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)-Fighting Products from the Center for Biocide Chemistries
- CDC Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations for Homes
Cleaning firms affiliated with the Community Purchasing Alliance (CPA) who do deep cleaning.
These are CPA preferred vendors and are all minority-owned, local businesses. The bottom two are minority-owned/woman-owned.
Smart Cleaning Solutions Inc
Ayman Nofal, email@example.com
Bolana Capitol Enterprises, Inc.
Valarie Dock, firstname.lastname@example.org
Gladys Martinez, email@example.com
C: 202-391-4301, 240-682-5177
Terms to understand when speaking with vendors:
Cleaning removes germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces or objects. Cleaning works by using soap (or detergent) and water to physically remove germs from surfaces. This process does not necessarily kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection.
Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces or objects. Disinfecting works by using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces or objects. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, but by killing germs on a surface after cleaning, it can further lower the risk of spreading infection. To effectively kill germs, the first step is to clean with soap and water or detergent. Then, the surface should be properly disinfected using a chemical cleaner and allowing for proper dwell times.
Sanitizing lowers the number of germs on surfaces or objects to a safe level, as judged by public health standards or requirements. This process works by either cleaning or disinfecting surfaces or objects to lower the risk of spreading the virus