Cleaning and Disinfecting for the Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2)

This information is current as of April 3, 2020


We’re Here to Help

ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, is here to help cleaning industry professionals understand how to properly clean and safely disinfect for the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). Read the latest update from ISSA on the COVID-19 outbreak and access essential business resources here.

Get Trained to Clean and Disinfect for Coronavirus

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ISSA expert trainers will travel to your facility to teach to your immediate training needs or to provide custom onsite solutions for challenges like:

  • Establishing cleaning and disinfection protocols for the coronavirus
  • Workloading a facility in a staffing crisis
  • Purchasing the proper tools during supply chain disruption.

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Additional Resources for Coronavirus for Cleaning

1 Precautionary Measures

You can help prevent yourself from getting and spreading the coronavirus–and other respiratory illnesses–by following these steps:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. (Handwashing: Clean Hands Save Lives) Use 70% alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or shirt sleeve, not your hands.
  • Avoid close contact such as kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
2 Cleaning Industry Tip Sheets

Download these tip sheets, which provide recommendations for the cleaning and forensic restoration industry. These tips will help cleaning professionals prepare, respond and recover from the spread of the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), the virus that causes COVID-19 disease.

3 Essential Business Resources

ISSA is working diligently to support the entire cleaning industry during the coronavirus pandemic, but we need your voice.

Learn more about ISSA’s advocacy campaign to urge elected officials to recognize the cleaning industry supply chain as essential. Access resources such as business letters for employees and vendors and stay up to date on the latest ISSA advocacy efforts and regulatory news.

4 Helpful Links
5 Latest Coronavirus News from ISSA
6 ISSA Media Interviews on the COVID-19 Pandemic

Patty Olinger, executive director for the Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC), a division of ISSA, and other ISSA representatives have participated in many interviews and media coverage to outline the role the cleaning industry plays in the coronavirus crisis.

WRVA Radio Full Interview| Feb 5, 2020

Cleaners are protectors of health

We have to be cautious

What are the symptoms?

Facemasks vs. Respirators

Is there a vaccine?

Surgical masks and their uses

7 EPA List of Disinfectants to Use Against Coronavirus

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a list of EPA-registered disinfectant products that have qualified for use against SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

Products appearing on EPA’s list registered disinfectant products have qualified for use against COVID-19 through the agency’s Emerging Viral Pathogen program. This program allows product manufacturers to provide EPA with data, even in advance of an outbreak, that shows their products are effective against harder-to-kill viruses than SARS-CoV-2. It also allows additional communications intended to inform the public about the utility of these products against the emerging pathogen in the most expeditious manner.

Coronaviruses are enveloped viruses, meaning they are one of the easiest types of viruses to kill with the appropriate disinfectant product. Consumers using these disinfectants on an enveloped emerging virus should follow the directions for use on the product’s master label, paying close attention to the contact time for the product on the treated surface (i.e., how long the disinfectant should remain on the surface).

To view the list of EPA-registered disinfectant products, visit the EPA’s website


EPA’s Emerging Viral Pathogen Guidance was developed and finalized in 2016 to allow for a rapid response in the event of an emerging viral pathogen outbreak. It was triggered for the first time ever for SARS-CoV-2 on January 29, 2020. The guidance outlines a voluntary, pre-approval process for making emerging viral pathogens claims. In the event of an outbreak, companies with pre-approved products can make off-label claims (for example in technical literature, non-label-related websites, and social media) for use against the outbreak virus.