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Cleaning and Disinfecting

We’ll be cleaning and disinfecting high-traffic, high-touch areas more often. You can help by self-cleaning your space and keeping common areas tidy.

Cleaning Products

The University is committed to using cleaning supplies approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Alpha HP, Dreumex wipes and Oxivir disinfectants will be used, in addition to the University’s normal cleaning products, which will be used with greater frequency.

We’re maintaining a sufficient stock of cleaning supplies, sanitizers and disinfectants for cleaning campus and for providing to faculty, staff and students to use in classrooms, computer labs, libraries and other common areas.

New Cleaning Procedures

In addition to normal cleaning, all horizontal and vertical surfaces, including all high-touch areas, such as door handles, light switches, furniture, desks, ledges, tables, railings and many other areas, will be wiped and disinfected with microfiber cleaning cloths.

In high-traffic and high-touch areas, employees will wipe down all service counters and internal surface areas or equipment with sanitizing wipes at least three times a day. Electrostatic Victory sprayers, backpack sprayers and battery pump-up sprayers will be used to clean and disinfect large, high-traffic areas.

Public restrooms in densely populated buildings will receive extra cleaning throughout the day. High-touch surfaces — such as water taps, handles, seats and cover flaps, wash basins, buttons and switches — in public and communal restrooms will be cleaned every 8 hours.

You can support these cleaning efforts by keeping common areas and counter spaces free of unnecessary items.

Hand Sanitizer Stations

Hand sanitizer dispensers will be placed in all campus buildings, with a focus on common areas like public entrances and elevator lobbies. Freestanding, wall-mounted and tabletop style dispensers will be used.

Hand sanitizer also will be provided in all campus buses and State vehicles. Interior surfaces, like the steering wheel and gear shift, as well as other operational clusters, will be wiped down at the beginning and end of the day.

How to Use Sanitizing Wipes

Wipes help you keep your immediate environment cleaner and safer. Here’s how to use them on frequently touched surfaces:

  1. Remove heavy dirt or grease from the surface with soap and water first.
  2. Read the label to make sure it’s safe to apply to the surface.
  3. Make sure the wipes are still wet. Dry wipes are ineffective.
  4. Using one wipe at a time, start at the top of the surface and wipe down or, if the surface is horizontal like a table, start at one end and wipe slowly to the opposite end. Use multiple wipes if needed (one wipe can only cover about three square feet).
  5. The surface should be visibly wet and shiny when done.
  6. Stand back and let it work. It should take about 10 minutes to dry and all germs to be inactivated.
  7. Throw wipe away in a trash can.

Disinfection Tips

WVU Environmental Health and Safety recommends that you:

  • Wear disposable gloves to clean and disinfect.
  • Clean visibly dirty surfaces with soap and water prior to disinfecting.
  • Disinfect surfaces frequently, at a minimum daily.
  • Dispose of used cleaning materials and gloves in the trash.
  • Wash hands after disinfecting.

What You Need to Know

Review the measures WVU is taking to provide for a methodical and thoughtful phased re-opening of the WVU System that also ensures the safety and health of our faculty, staff, students and communities.

What You Need to Know

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