Housekeeping COVID-19 Procedure

Rollins Housekeeping has proactively instituted enhanced cleaning procedures in response to COVID-19. The tools include:

  1. Use of an electrostatic backpack sprayer
  2. Use of the EPA registered C. Diff disinfectant cleaner/solution tablet

The cleaning process is:

  • Sprayer will provide an electrical charge to disinfectant solutions
  • Solution is double-charged and sprayed on all high-use, communal surfaces.

As needed, Housekeeping is prepared to update this policy based on CDC guidelines, or as the situation at Rollins changes (suspected or positive case of COVID-19).

In the event that deeper environmental cleaning is necessary, the College will work with an outside vendor to ensure this cleaning can be completed swiftly and thoroughly.

  • Chris Gonzalez (Housekeeping Manager) will be notified by Denise Snyder (Wellness Center) or Scott Rayburn (Campus Safety) to initiate the following protocol (per CDC guidelines):
    • Suspected area will be closed and offline for approximately 24 hours, prior to cleaning
    • Facilities Services will dress in full PPE body gear (respirator mask, gloves, shoe covers and gowns) prior to entering the affected area. Wellness Center will be available on-site to ensure proper dress and removal of gear.
    • The area will then be cleaned by Facilities Services using the electrostatic backpack sprayer.
    • 24 hours post cleaning, Facilities Services will re-clean area using contact precautions (gloves and handwashing post PPE removal). 

We continue to monitor our inventory of hand soap, disinfectant, and paper products to ensure uninterrupted availability of these products throughout campus.

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention provides definitions of cleaning, disinfection, decontamination and sterilization.

  • Cleaning is defined as the removal of organic and inorganic observable soil from a surface,
  • Decontamination is defined as the removal of disease-causing (pathogenic) microorganisms from objects or surfaces but does not address the presence or acceptability of visible soil but is decontaminated (i.e. clean dirt). 
  • Disinfection eradicates most or all pathogenic microorganisms on a surface, with the exception of bacterial spores.
  • Sterilization provides a surface where all microbial life, including bacterial spores, is destroyed (Rutala et al., 2008).