Every Day and When Someone Is Sick
Cleaning with a household cleaner that contains soap or detergent reduces the amount of germs on surfaces and decreases risk of infection from surfaces. In most situations, cleaning alone removes most virus particles on surfaces. Disinfection to reduce transmission of COVID-19 at home is likely not needed unless someone in your home is sick or if someone who is positive for COVID-19 has been in your home within the last 24 hours.
When and how to clean surfaces in your home
Reduce contamination of surfaces
Take steps in your home to limit contamination of surfaces from airborne particles or from touching surfaces with contaminated hands.
In addition to cleaning, disinfect your home when someone is sick or if someone who is positive for COVID-19 has been in your home within the last 24 hours. Disinfecting kills any remaining germs on surfaces and reduces the spread of germs. If you are caring for someone who has COVID-19, detailed instructions for caregivers are available.
How to disinfect
Keep a separate bedroom and bathroom for a person who is sick (if possible).
If the sick person is able to clean
If the sick person cannot clean
Put on a mask and ask the sick person to put on a mask before entering the room.
After the person who was sick no longer needs to be separated
See precautions for household members and caregivers for more information.
Alternatively, wait a period of 3 days after the person who was sick was in the space; after 3 days, no additional cleaning (aside from regular cleaning procedures) is needed.
Tips for using chemical disinfectants safely
For soft surfaces such as carpet, rugs, and drapes