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Guidelines on Cleaning and Disinfecting

The virus that causes COVID-19 spreads most often by respiratory droplets. When someone infected with COVID-19 coughs, sneezes, or talks, respiratory droplets that contain the virus go into the air and can be breathed in by someone nearby. Less often, the virus can get into your body if it is on a surface that you touch and you then touch your eyes, nose, or mouth. The virus cannot get into the body through your skin.

  • Cleaning removes dirt and most germs and is usually done with soap and water.
  • Disinfecting kills most germs. How well it works depends on the type of chemical used and on using the chemical product only as directed on the label.

Routine cleaning and disinfecting

Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that are touched a lot at least daily. Clean between worship services. Items to disinfect include:

  • Door knobs and handles
  • Stair rails
  • Pews
  • Handrails
  • Light switches

It is not necessary to always use disinfectants as some hard surfaces are rarely touched, for example, floors or bookcases.

Soft surfaces, such as pew cushions, do not need disinfecting or cleaning after every use of the space. When you do clean these surfaces, use products that are approved by the EPA for use against the virus that causes COVID-19 and that are suitable for porous surfaces.

See the full CDC Guidance
Cleaning and Disinfection for Households (