Step 2 – Disinfecting
Diluted household bleach solutions, alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol, and most common EPA-
registered household disinfectants should be effective.
HOW TO MAKE A BLEACH SOLUTION: 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water or 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water
OTHER DISINFECTION OPTIONS: Products with EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens claimspdf iconexternal icon are expected to be effective against COVID-19 based on data for harder to kill viruses. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products (e.g., concentration, application method and contact time, etc.).
For soft (porous) surfaces like carpeted floor, rugs, and drapes, remove visible contamination if present and clean with appropriate cleaners indicated for use on these surfaces. After cleaning:
If the items can be laundered, launder items in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions using the warmest appropriate water setting for the items and then dry items completely.
Otherwise, use products with the EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens claims that are suitable for porous surfaces.