Tips for Custodial Workers and Employers

Below are a few guidelines from the CDC when cleaning and disinfecting facilities. For more information, visit

When Cleaning

  • Wear disposable gloves and gowns for all cleaning, including handling trash.
    • All personal protective equipment (PPE) should be removed carefully to avoid contamination of the wearer and the surrounding area.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
    • Always wash hands immediately after removing gloves.
    • In addition, wash hands immediately after blowing one’s nose, coughing, or sneezing; after using the restroom; and before eating or preparing food.

Additional Considerations for Employers

  • Educate custodial workers to recognize the symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Provide instructions on what to do if workers develop symptoms within 14 days after their last possible exposure to the virus.
  • Develop policies for worker protection and provide training to all cleaning staff on site prior to providing cleaning tasks. Training should include when to use PPE, what PPE is necessary, how to properly put on, use and take off PPE, and how to properly dispose of PPE.

This article originally appeared in the March/April 2020 issue of Spaces4Learning.