How to Clean to Kill the Coronavirus

by Lawton Brothers | May 13, 2020


As the United States is in the midst of quarantine due to coronavirus, there are many uncertainties. Among the many uncertainties, Lawton Brothers is here to help ensure that your employees and guests are safe.

Many businesses and facilities are closed to the public until further notice due to the recent outbreak of coronavirus. This virus, also known as COVID-19, causes a respiratory illness that is easily spread between people. Individuals may become infected with coronavirus from simple acts like touching contaminated surfaces or being too close (6 feet or less) to people who may be sick.

As easy as that sounds at first, it doesn’t stay that way. Unfortunately, it can take anywhere from 2-14 days to experience symptoms of the illness. This means that individuals can potentially be sick and contaminate others without even being aware of their own infection. With over 20,000 new cases of coronavirus being confirmed in the United States each day, it’s easy to see the problem this illness presents. But while there is a problem, there is a solution: your daily cleaning schedule!

Though coronavirus is highly infectious, with strong cleaning practices and diligence, surfaces can be freed of the virus. The CDC recommends wearing disposable gloves to clean and disinfect, cleaning surfaces with soap and water prior to using a disinfectant, and establishing routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces.


Frequently touched surfaces in community and business settings can be anything from shopping carts to point of sale systems, tables, light switches, handles, desks, phones, toilets, and many more. Objects and places that receive more use will need a higher frequency of routine cleaning. 

For our sanitation engineers and other essential employees that are risking potential infection on a daily basis, it is important to launder clothing, towels, and any other cloth/soft surfaces that have (or could have) come into contact with another person. Regular cleaning staff can clean and disinfect community spaces, so long as they are trained on the appropriate use of materials. Cleaning staff should be wearing disposable gloves and washing hands frequently as well as consider additional personal protective equipment (PPE).

If someone in your facility or building is sick, be sure to follow the CDC’s recommendations by:

  • Closing off areas used by the sick individual,
  • Opening outside doors and windows to increase air circulation,
  • Waiting 24 hours before cleaning/disinfecting, and
  • Cleaning and disinfecting all areas/surfaces used by the individual who is sick.

    It is imperative that hard surfaces be cleaned with soap and water before disinfection, as this removes coronavirus.


    As a member of the Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association (ISSA), we are proud to service communities and businesses across the United States that are currently battling illness. Our goal is to keep you informed and provide your business and community with the care and protection they deserve. If you still have questions or would like a free consultation for a cost-effective cleaning routine, don’t hesitate to call Lawton Brothers today at: 800.432.0813.

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