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Easy-to-Follow Nursing Home Cleaning Checklist
Keeping Your Nursing Home Sparkling CleanMaintaining good health and hygiene practice is not only required to provide the highest quality of service but also an adherence to care health and safety regulations. Check the following guidelines for senior care settings:
Daily Cleaning List
- Spray and wipe down all surfaces in individual rooms and shared areas many times throughout the day.
- Disinfect doorknobs, cabinet handles, handrails, and switches.
- Clean floors and carpets.
- Keep the kitchen area clean and organized. Make sure there are no dirty utensils and spoiled food.
- Disinfect the bathroom showers, tubs, whirlpools, sinks, countertops, and toilets.
- Place all dirty linens in heavy and fluid-resistant fabric bags as you move them to the laundry room.
- Throw trash away properly, making sure that you tie the bags before removing them from receptacles and to avoid contents spilling.
Weekly Cleaning List
- Polish windows and sliding glass doors inside and out.
- Make sure light fixtures are dust-free and compliant for safe use.
- Vacuum furnishings and cushions, clean window blinds, and wash drapes.
- Clean kitchen equipment, appliances, and storage rooms.
- Disinfect doors and check hardware as well as door stops and locks.
- Check kitchen and bathroom sinks for possible clogs and signs of fungal growth.
- Ensure that food being stored is fresh and not expired.
- Clean interiors of cabinets, pantries, and appliances.
- Check and clean fixtures such as lights, fans, sprinkler systems, and alarms.
- Make sure that walls and baseboards are dry and clean.
- Steam-clean carpets and rugs; wax and buff hardwood floors.
- Clean walls and wall air vents and grills. Change HVAC filters when necessary.
Cleaning Materials You NeedIn addition to strategically identifying areas that need to be cleaned, you also need to make sure that you use the right products and materials. When cleaning a nursing home, make sure that you wear the correct personal protective equipment (PPE), which includes gloves and aprons, shoe covers, sleeve covers, facemasks, and coveralls, depending on the task.
- Disinfectant wipes, and spray
- Hypochlorous Acid (HOCl)
- Hot water
- Mop and bucket
- Steam cleaner
- Wash up liquid
- Carpet shampoo
- Hand sanitizers
- Vacuum cleaner
- Spill packs
- Laundry products
Can You Use Bleach in Nursing Homes?
Bleach is an effective infection control in homes and medical environments. The ready-to-use solution can be used in many ways to disinfect drains, toilets, and sinks, making it an all-around solution to nursing home cleaning routines.
Chlorine is among the most popular bleaches because of its germ-busting power, preventing the spread of infections in homes, hospitals, nursing homes, schools, and daycare facilities. It is commonly used as a surface disinfectant. It is also approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture for use in safe food production. However, bleach also has harmful effects that are not safe especially for older adults in nursing homes. A more effective disinfectant is Hypochlorous Acid (HOCl). Studies confirm that it is 80 to 120 times more potent than chlorine bleach because of its rapid oxidation property for a more powerful germ-killing action.
Petra’s Nursing Home Surface Cleaner
- 80 times more powerful than bleach without the unwanted effects like skin irritation
- Green, natural, and safe
- Effectively penetrates surfaces for microscopic levels of clean
- Convenient with a ready-to-use solution
- Versatile cleaning power with effective odor elimination
- Superior germ-killing ability while keeping children and families safe