Miss Mop Safety Guidelines - Domestic Properties - updated June 6 2020
1. Keep all parties safe
Anyone who has, or knowingly been in contact with anyone who has, tested positive for or been symptomatic with Coronavirus, should NOT be working or inviting people into their homes.
2. Establish safe working practices in advance
Discuss and agree procedures in advance of your cleaning day and time, to include: access arrangements, rooms/areas to be cleaned, location of products & equipment, areas to be avoided, duration and frequency of cleans.
3. Social distancing
If possible, all household members should vacate the property for the duration of the cleaning appointment. If they are unable or willing to leave the home, they should spend the time in a dedicated room that isn’t cleaned by the cleaner.
If neither of the above are possible, a 2 metre distance should be maintained between the cleaner and all household members at all times.
4. Re-confirm arrival on the day
Cleaners will telephone 20 minutes prior to arrival so customers can prepare to maintain effective social distancing and re-confirm access arrangements.
5. Wearing protective items
Cleaners will wear personal protective items: disposable gloves and facial coverings (homemade or purchased masks) to provide additional protection. Aprons are optional.
It is advisable for customers to wear facial coverings if they remain in the property for the duration of the appointment.
Cleaners: always wash your hands (or use hand sanitiser) immediately after removing gloves.
6. Ventilate rooms
We recommend opening outside doors and windows to increase air circulation.
7. Wash your hands thoroughly before and after each clean.
Use soap and water, and wash for at least 20 seconds. If that’s not possible, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. We advise cleaners to carry their own hand sanitiser.
8. Clean, then disinfect.
In kitchens & bathrooms (and other rooms where possible), we recommend using detergent or soap and water to remove dirt, grease, dust, and germs. Once the surface is clean, spray with a disinfectant. Let it stand for a few minutes, then wipe/dry.If you’re not using paper towels or disposable wipes, it’s best to use a new cleaning cloth for each room.
9. Avoid touching your face
To prevent the spread of germs, avoid touching your face, nose, and eyes with unwashed hands, paying extra attention while cleaning.
10. Provide and use the right products.
Most common household disinfectants, or products with at least 70% alcohol, are believed to be effective against the coronavirus. Please check expiry dates on products if shown.
11. Frequently touched surfaces
Cleaners should pay special attention to surfaces & items like light switches, doorknobs, remote controls, taps and toilet flush buttons/handles.
12. Sofas, rugs, curtains, and other soft, porous surfaces.
Vacuum or carefully remove any visible dirt, then clean with the appropriate cleaners indicated for use on these surfaces. If possible, machine-wash items according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Wash all linens at the highest heat setting recommended by the manufacturer.
This includes bed sheets, mattress covers, hand and bath towels, kitchen towels and blankets. Remember to wear gloves when handling dirty laundry, and take care to avoid shaking laundry, which could increase the spread of germs.
14. Laundry baskets.
Clean and disinfect all laundry baskets. If possible, consider using a liner for laundry baskets that is either disposable or that you can wash with the linens.
15. Vacuum cleaners
Empty the vacuum cleaner after every clean. You should also wipe down the vacuum cleaner with disinfectant, before and after use, along with other appliances used/touched like dishwashers and washing machines.
Placing bin liners or plastic bags into bins & waste paper baskets will make it easier to dispose of tissues and other waste.Disinfect handles & lids of exterior bins collected by council services.
17. Safely remove & dispose of PPE & wash clothing
When you’ve finished each home, immediately remove any protective outerwear like aprons, gloves & masks, and dispose of them safely or wash accordingly.
Remember to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds afterwards.
On returning home, remove all clothing ASAP and wash at the highest recommended temperature. Take a shower or bath & wash your hair.
18. Between households - safely remove any cleaning gear & wash clothing
When you’ve finished each home, immediately remove any protective outerwear like aprons, gloves & masks, and dispose of them safely or wash accordingly. Remember to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds afterwards.
Remove all clothing ASAP and wash at the highest recommended temperature.
Take a shower or bath & wash your hair.
19. Clean your vehicle
Take time to disinfect car door handles, steering wheel, gear stick etc.