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Cleaning aged care facilities requires precision, sensitivity, and adherence to stringent hygiene standards to ensure the safety and well-being of residents. At Andy Andersons Group, we prioritize safety, hygiene, and comfort in our cleaning routines. Here’s a concise yet comprehensive guide on the dos and don’ts of cleaning aged care facilities to maintain the highest standards of care.


  1. Use Appropriate Cleaning Products: Opt for hospital-grade disinfectants effective against pathogens while being safe for elderly residents with sensitive skin or respiratory issues. Ensure products are chosen with residents’ health in mind to prevent any adverse reactions.
  1. Follow Proper Cleaning Protocols: Adhere to established cleaning protocols, cleaning from least to most soiled areas to prevent cross-contamination. Develop and maintain a detailed cleaning schedule covering all areas of the facility, paying particular attention to high-touch surfaces like doorknobs and handrails.
  1. Wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Prioritize safety by wearing appropriate PPE, including gloves, masks, and gowns, especially when dealing with biohazards or bodily fluids. Regularly change PPE to minimize the risk of cross-contamination and ensure the safety of both staff and residents.
  1. Ensure Proper Ventilation: Maintain good ventilation within the facility to prevent the buildup of harmful microorganisms. Regularly inspect and maintain HVAC systems, and utilize air purifiers where necessary. Open windows and doors when possible to promote air circulation and maintain a fresh, clean environment.


  1. Use Harsh Chemicals Indiscriminately: Avoid using harsh chemicals that can irritate residents’ skin, eyes, or respiratory systems. Always read labels and follow manufacturer guidelines for proper usage and dilution. Test new products in inconspicuous areas before widespread use to ensure compatibility with the facility’s environment.
  1. Neglect High-Touch Areas: High-touch surfaces are hotspots for germs and should not be overlooked during cleaning. Implement a regular cleaning schedule for these areas, ensuring they are cleaned and disinfected frequently throughout the day to minimize the risk of infection spread among residents and staff.
  1. Rush the Cleaning Process: Thorough cleaning takes time, and rushing can lead to missed spots and inadequate disinfection. Allocate sufficient time for each cleaning task, following a systematic approach to ensure all areas are cleaned and disinfected properly. Avoid cutting corners or rushing through tasks to maintain cleanliness standards.
  1. Forget to Communicate with Staff and Residents: Effective communication is essential for maintaining a clean and safe environment within the facility. Keep staff and residents informed about cleaning schedules, any temporary closures, or areas that will be inaccessible during cleaning. This helps to minimize disruptions and ensures everyone is aware of the hygiene protocols in place.

By adhering to these dos and don’ts, cleaning professionals can uphold the highest standards of cleanliness and hygiene in aged care facilities, promoting the safety and well-being of residents and staff alike. At Andy Andersons Group, we are committed to providing compassionate and thorough cleaning services tailored to the unique needs of aged care environments. Contact us today to learn more about how we can assist in maintaining a clean and safe environment for your facility.

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