Cleaning

How do I clean and disinfect the hall and other indoor facilities?

While in use, halls and other indoor areas should be cleaned and disinfected regularly and between groups of users.

Soiled surfaces and spills should be cleaned with water and detergent – this can be in the form of a detergent solution or wipes.

Frequently touched surfaces should be cleaned and then disinfected with either a disinfectant spray (e.g. bleach cleaner, Glen 20, or Quaternary Ammonium compounds, etc) or disinfectant wipes, such as wipes containing Quaternary Ammonium compounds (e.g. benzalkonium chloride).

2-in-1 sprays and wipes (cleaner and disinfectant) can also be used.

Kitchen utensils used should be thoroughly washed in a normal manner (either by hand or in a dishwasher).

Fabric material (tea towels, clothes, etc) that can't be wiped with bleach should be washed as normal in a washing machine etc.

The use of fogging machines for disinfectant of indoor spaces is not recommended by Department of Health.

A cleaning schedule and log/ record of cleaning isn’t mandatory but if a positive case attends your venue, you are not required to undertake a COVID Deep Clean if you have been regularly cleaning between uses.

How do I clean and disinfect equipment?

Equipment used in activities should be cleaned between use and not shared during the activity.

Cleaning is undertaken first to remove any soiling which would diminish the effectiveness of subsequent disinfection.

The correct disinfectant and application method should be chosen based on the item being cleaned, and how frequently it is used and cleaned.

Items that can't be cleaned using harsh products can be left untouched and deemed virus free after a period of time. Generally, this would be 3 days for general materials and 5 days for smooth surfaces such as plastic or metal. If possible, they should be left outside in direct sunlight.

How do I clean and disinfect toilets and showers?

At least twice a day, communal toilets and showers should be cleaned and disinfected for COVID. This is separate to the general gleaning of the actual toilet and showers. COVID cleaning of toilets should focus on frequently touched surfaces such as:

  • Handrails
  • Doors and door handles
  • Light switches
  • Taps and toilet flush handles, etc

At campsites, where toilets and showers are for the exclusive use of a single booking, (such as in cabin), they should be cleaned between each booking,

At least weekly there should be a more thorough clean and disinfect. Cleaning should be with a detergent mixed with water. Disinfection should be after the cleaning has fully dried and use a disinfectant suitable for viruses (e.g. chlorine bleach, alcohol, quaternary ammonium compounds, etc).

Which cleaner and disinfectant should be used?

Cleaning should be undertaken using a standard detergent that is appropriate for the surface. Disinfectants normally need a clean surface, so soiled surfaces should be cleaned mechanically (e.g. by cloth, brush, etc) with a standard detergent.

The correct disinfectant and application method should be chosen based on the item being cleaned:

Bleach solution

Bleach is the most effective and can be purchased cheaply in larger quantities. Bleach is also very effective on other bacteria and viruses, such as preventing gastro. However, bleach is corrosive and an irritant to skin and will fade material and can damage fabrics and stitching.

Quaternary Ammonium Compounds (QACs or Quats)

QACs (e.g. benzalkonium chloride) are effective at very low concentrations and come as a spray, wipes, or concentrated solution. They are safe at low concentrations (e.g. they are commonly used as preservatives in eye drops), however they are corrosive at higher concentrations and should not be used on medical equipment.

Alcohol

Alcohol are simple to apply for a regular wipe-down of frequently touched surface and are the most appropriate for use on human skin. However alcohol based disinfectant is generally less effective, particularly on other bacteria and viruses such as gastro, so are not sufficient for cleaning bathrooms or food preparation areas. If using an alcohol-based disinfectant spray, sufficient must be applied to wet the entire surface and it should be allowed to dry thoroughly. It is not effective to just spray and wipe off.

Other disinfectants

There are a number of other less common disinfectants that can be used, the Therapeutic Goods Administration have published a list of approved disinfectants: https://www.tga.gov.au/disinfectants-use-against-covid-19-artg-legal-supply-australia

How do we undertake a COVID Deep Clean after an exposure?

There is no longer a requirement to undertake a COVID Deep Clean after an exposure unless it is by direction from the Department of Health following an outbreak. If there is a COVID-19 exposure, thorough cleaning and disinfection of frequently touched surfaces is required, including any items that could have been in contact with the positive case.

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