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Sanitizing surfaces is helpful

The virus that causes COVID-19 can land on surfaces. It’s possible for people to become infected if they touch those surfaces and then touch their nose, mouth, or eyes. In most situations, the risk of infection from touching a surface is low. The most reliable way to prevent infection from surfaces is to regularly wash hands or use hand sanitizer. 

For these reasons, our classrooms’, teaching laboratories’ and lecture halls’ tables, chairs and associated equipment will continue to receive regularly scheduled cleanings,  but not be sanitized between use. Our Custodial Services team will provide and re-stock hand sanitizers and disinfectant wipes in these areas, in addition to cleaning adjacent restrooms, lobbies, stairwells and elevators multiple times a day. If you have questions about the roll out, availability or placement of these supplies, please contact Custodial Services at custodialservices@ucdavis.edu.  

Learn more about the four levels of cleaning employed by Custodial Services, how often they perform these services and more on their Cleaning Protocols During COVID-19 webpage.

Guidance for sanitizing surfaces

Cleaning with products containing soap or detergent reduces germs on surfaces by removing contaminants and decreases risk of infection from surfaces.

When no people with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 are known to have been in a space, cleaning once a day is usually enough to sufficiently remove viruses that may be on surfaces and help maintain a healthy facility.

  • Remember to clean a surface before disinfecting it.
  • Use gloves and eye protection if recommended by the product instructions when sanitizing surfaces.
  • Use an EPA-listed disinfectant effective against the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) that is compatible with your surfaces. 
  • Follow directions on the product label. Disinfectant sprays and wipes often require a surface remain wet for a specific amount of time to before being wiped dry

Watch a 1-minute video about the three basic rules for disinfecting surfaces.

Cleaning Supplies

Sept. 20, 2021: The Centrally Funded PPE program has been reinstated. Limited quantities of face coverings, disinfectants, sanitizers and other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) are available at NO COST to departments. Please note: This program does not apply to UC Davis Health clinical settings. Learn more

Our Supply Chain staff is constantly sourcing new cleaning products, so inventory will vary. AggieBuy carries a number of products that meet EPA disinfection requirements.

Office employees must rely on ready-made, commercially available products and not mix ingredients to make their own disinfectant solutions. 

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Sanitization for Confirmed COVID-19 Cases   

Use the campus reporting protocol if you believe you, a colleague or an immediate household member may have or has COVID-19. The notification process informs Custodial Services of when and where higher levels of sanitization need to take place.