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A Guide to Care Home Cleaning

It’s important in all residential care homes that you have a thorough cleaning regime in place which is checked by a member of staff daily.

Older residents of care homes may have weaker immune systems, therefore, more susceptible to picking up bugs and catching an infection. Close contact between residents and staff can also contribute to spread of infections.

Making sure your care home is clean is a not only a legal requirement, but is essential in protecting vulnerable residents from harm and danger.

Even after outbreaks appear to be over, contaminations risks can still be high as some germs can survive for weeks, or even months on surfaces. Regular cleaning and disinfecting will help prevent infections.

What to consider when creating a cleaning schedule

Putting together a cleaning schedule in your care home will ensure that every room is thoroughly cleaned on a regular basis. Focus on critical areas such as communal areas, bathrooms, kitchens, and hallways. It is important that no area is overlooked, pay attention to door handles, bannisters, light switches and other things that get a lot of contact.

Assessments should be regularly carried out to make sure that nothing from the cleaning plan has been missed. Make sure the importance of the cleaning plan is conveyed to all staff members, and create a clear cleaning rota with tick boxes to make sure tasks have been completed.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) will assess your building and award it a rating based on their findings. This rating will be included in your inspection report. They will outline any additional work that needs to be done.

If you would like any advice on cleaning schedules and protocols give us a call on 07802 458 601 or drop us an email at

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