Cleaning and sanitizing touchpoints is a crucial step in breaking the chain of COVID-19 transmission and preventing illnesses. The focus should be on removing soil and surface contaminants from surfaces that are frequently touched by occupants, commonly known as touchpoints. In addition to the primary touchpoint, it is important to extend the cleaning radius around the object by 3-12 inches, as people are not precise when touching surfaces.

Common touchpoints include door knobs and locks, door push bars, door edges, stair and ramp hand railings, cupboard handles, appliance handles, light switches, table and desktops, telephones, toilet seats and flush handles, faucet handles, soap pumps, keyboards and mice, elevator buttons, credit card keypads, vending machine buttons, equipment controls, television remote controls, chair armrests, bedrails, and countertops. The specific touchpoints will vary depending on the type of facility being cleaned, such as churches, schools, or medical facilities.

When cleaning touchpoints, it is typically done using a trigger sprayer and a wiping cloth. However, if allowed by the EPA registration for the specific chemical, using pump-up devices that deliver the product as a foam can have multiple advantages. Foam application allows the worker to see what areas have been covered, keeps the product on the surface longer without drying, and requires less cleaning product. For facilities with a large number of desks, tables, or counters, using a foam applicator and squeegee to remove residue into a rag or disposable towel can be an efficient method.

It is important to note that the examples provided are not universal best methods, as each situation has its own challenges. Each project should be evaluated to determine the appropriate procedures and methods to meet the client’s goals. This includes developing a facility-specific checklist of critical touchpoints, providing training to workers on the specific products and application methods, allowing sufficient dwell time for the cleaner/sanitizer, and ensuring appropriate supervision and post-cleaning evaluation of the cleaning activities.

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