Perform routine cleaning and disinfection of all frequently touched non-porous surfaces within the interior of the transit vehicle on a daily basis and, in particular, before maintenance workers conduct repairs such as removing or repairing seats. These surfaces can include hard seats, arm rests, door handles, seat belt buckles, light and air controls, adjacent walls and windows, and grab handles. If the surfaces are visibly dirty, they should be cleaned prior to disinfectant application. For soft or porous surfaces, remove any visible contamination if present and clean with appropriate cleansers indicated for use on these surfaces.
Appropriate disinfectants include:
- EPA’s Registered Antimicrobial Products for Use Against Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, the cause of COVID-19, are expected to be effective against COVID-19 based on data for harder to kill viruses. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products (e.g., concentration, application method, and contact time). A list of products with EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens claims is available at:
- Diluted household bleach solutions prepared according to the manufacturers label for disinfection can be used if appropriate for the surface. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.
- Alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol.
Wear the personal protective equipment (PPE) required for using the cleaning and disinfection products according to the product manufacturer’s instructions. After removing PPE, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Work uniforms worn during cleaning and disinfecting should be laundered afterwards. If possible, launder items using the warmest appropriate water setting for the items and dry items completely. Clean your hands after handling laundry by washing your hands with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.