La Casa de Valérie adapts to new hygiene needs, going from cleaning to disinfecting, to maximize the level of protection.
Here are the guidelines we follow when cleaning rooms between one stay and the next:
1. We use disposable items to clean. We protect ourselves with gloves, gowns and masks. We throw the gloves in the trash when we’re done and wash our hands immediately after taking them off.
2. We ventilate the rooms before cleaning. We let fresh air in for at least 20 minutes and, if possible, keep the windows open until the room is finished cleaning.
3. We wash our hands well before and after each cleaning shift. We rub ourselves with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or, if not possible, we use a hand sanitizer that has at least 60% alcohol.
4. Cleaning and disinfecting are different things! We use water and detergent or soap to remove dirt, grease, dust and germs. Once the surface is clean, we spray with a disinfecting substance.
5. We avoid touching our faces when we are cleaning. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends against touching your face, nose, or eyes without washing your hands first to prevent the spread of germs, so we are very careful while cleaning.
6. We use the appropriate disinfectant. Experts say the most common household disinfectants registered by the US Environmental Protection Agency and cleaning products with dilute bleach or at least 70% alcohol effectively remove the coronavirus. We pay special attention to surfaces that are often touched, such as switches, door knobs, remote controls and taps.
7. We don’t forget sofas, rugs, curtains, and other soft, porous surfaces. First we carefully remove visible dirt, and then we use the most suitable product for each material.
8. We wash the bed linen at the maximum temperature recommended by the manufacturer. We do the same with sheets, mattress covers, blankets, towels and kitchen towels. In addition, we use gloves to organize these garments before washing them and we try not to move them too much to spread the germs as little as possible.
9. We clean and disinfect the baskets and buckets of dirty laundry. We cover with a lining that is disposable or can be put in the washing machine.
10. We empty the vacuum cleaner when we finish. We disinfect the vacuum cleaner and other cleaning appliances, such as the dishwasher and the washing machine.
11. We put bags in the garbage cans.
12. We throw away the cleaning supplies we use or wash them well. If we use kitchen paper, disinfecting wipes and other disposable products, we take out the garbage as soon as we are done. In the event that we use cloth rags and other reusable items, we machine wash them at the maximum temperature allowed by the material.
13. We are very careful when removing protective articles. This includes gowns, gloves, or masks, for example. Once we have finished cleaning, we immediately remove them and throw them in the trash or wash them accordingly. And we don’t forget to wash our hands for at least 20 seconds afterward.