Clean surfaces

Now is a good time to be extra vigilant with cleaning.

Why it's important

Like the flu, COVID-19 can be transmitted from person to person. The scientific evidence confirms that COVID-19 is spread by droplets. This means that when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks, they may generate droplets containing the virus. These droplets are too large to stay in the air for long, so they quickly settle on surrounding surfaces.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects, such as doorknobs.

How to kill the virus on surfaces

COVID-19 can remain on plastic and stainless steel surfaces for up to about 3 days and less than that for other types of surfaces. This will depend on the surface.

If surfaces look visibly dirty, they should be cleaned first. It’s best to use a disinfectant.

Disinfectants

Use a disinfectant that is antiviral and follow instructions. Remember to store cleaners and disinfectants safely.

More information about cleaning surfaces on thespinoff.co.nz website (external link)

Last modified: