• ODOS Staff

Spring Cleaning for Coronavirus

Now is the perfect time to review your cleaning processes and implement sanitizing and disinfecting procedures in your cleaning. Samaritan Home Rentals company policy to deep clean between every guest. Our housekeepers have our process down to a science. If you haven’t started using these during your deep cleans between tenants this is what we all should commit to do to slow the spread of the virus. These are the guidelines provided by the Public Health Department


  • Wear disposable gloves and N95 mask when cleaning and disinfecting surfaces. If you are in a COVID-19 contaminated home use a painter’s suit to clean. Make sure you seal all openings using duct tape.

  • All Gloves and Masks should be discarded immediately after each cleaning. Wash hands immediately after gloves are removed.

  • Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces (for example tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks, keyboards, phones) with household cleaners and EPA-Registered disinfectants that are appropriate for the surface, following label instructions.


If surfaces are dirty, they should be cleaned using a detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

For disinfection, diluted household bleach solutions, alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol, and most common EPA-registered household disinfection should be effective. Diluted household bleach solutions can be used if appropriate for the surface. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation.

Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.

Prepare a bleach solution by mixing:5 tablespoons (1/3 cup) bleach per gallon of water OR 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water.


Products with EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens claims are expected to be effective against COVID-19 based on data for harder to kill viruses.

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products (e.g., concentration, application method and contact time, etc.).

For soft (porous) surfaces such as carpeted floor, rugs, and drapes, remove visible contamination if present and clean with appropriate cleaners indicated for use on these surfaces.

After cleaning: of the items can be laundered, launder items as appropriate in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. If possible, launder items using the warmest appropriate water setting for the items and dry completely otherwise, use products with the EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens claims (see link above) that are suitable for porous surfaces


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