CIRI Issues Guidance for Coronavirus Decontamination

May 29, 2020

The Cleaning Industry Research Institute (CIRI) has published an official guidance document for the cleaning and decontamination of hard surfaces in nonhealthcare environments from coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), the virus that can cause COVID-19.

Developed by CIRI’s Science Advisory Committee, “Guidance for Decontamination of the Built Environment: Cleaning, Disinfection, Worker Protection, and Post Cleaning and Remediation Assessment,” provides an overview of the virus and recommendations for cleaning and disinfecting protocols.

“In the absence of a governing standard to direct cleaning protocols, this guidance is designed to provide cleaning professionals with easily identifiable best practices for cleaning and disinfection during the pandemic,” said John Downey, CIRI executive director. “It is our hope that organizations throughout the cleaning and disaster restoration industries use this heavily sourced, science-based guidance to inform their cleaning and disinfection protocols.” 

About CIRI
The Cleaning Industry Research Institute’s (CIRI) mission is to raise awareness about the importance of cleaning through scientific research. Its goal is to expand on existing research, help its members to be more effective, improve people’s understanding about the importance of cleaning, and influence the development of public policy. For more information, visit