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Cleaning and Disinfecting Different Types of Surfaces

Soft surfaces

For soft surfaces such as carpet, rugs, and drapes

  • Clean the soft surfaces (carpets, rugs, and drapes) with soap and water or with cleaners made for use on these surfaces.
  • Launder items (if possible) using the warmest appropriate water setting and dry items completely.
  • Disinfect using an EPA List Nexternal icon product for use on soft surfaces, if needed.
  • Vacuum as usual. If vacuuming an area occupied by a sick person or someone positive for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, wear a mask when vacuuming.
Illustration of a woman vacuuming while wearing a mask

Laundry

  • Use the warmest appropriate water setting and dry items completely.
  • It is safe to wash dirty laundry from a person who is sick with other people’s items.
  • If handling dirty laundry from a person who is sick, wear gloves and a mask.
  • Clean clothes hampers or laundry baskets according to guidance for surfaces.
  • Wash hands after handling dirty laundry.
Illustration of laundry being washed in a machine with hot water

Electronics

  • Consider putting a wipeable cover on electronics (for example, phones, tablets, touchscreens, keyboards, and remote controls) to make cleaning easier.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning the electronic device.
  • If needed, use a disinfectant from the EPA List Nexternal icon but note that many of the products for electronics contain alcohol because it dries quickly.
Illustration of someone wiping clean a phone

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