A Comprehensive Housekeeping Checklist for Hospitals

Author: Diana Rodriguez-Zaba
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Your staff’s hard work helps secure the health and safety of everyone in the hospital. As director of housekeeping, you know they also play a vital role in ensuring patient satisfaction.

You make it happen by reviewing in-house cleaning practices on a regular basis. This housekeeping cleaning checklist for hospitals can serve as a template for fine-tuning your staff’s housekeeping procedures.

The Complete Housekeeping Cleaning Checklist for Hospitals

They’re responsible for daily cleaning throughout the building. You’re responsible for making sure your staff follows the highest standards as they work. Use these guidelines to update your hospital’s housekeeping cleaning checklist.

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Cleaning Duties for Patient Rooms

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  • Before entering, wash and sanitize hands, and put on disposable gloves.
  • Leave cleaning carts in the hall, and set up a safety sign outside the door.
  • Knock while slowly entering and respecting patient and visitor privacy.
  • Quickly straighten up the room, and empty and reline trash cans.
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch areas in the patient room including medical equipment.
  • Working from top to bottom, dust air vents, lights, television sets and window sills.
  • If present, disinfect and sterilize the bedside commode.
  • Wipe down countertops, spot-wipe walls, and check furniture condition.
  • Wipe down doors and kickplates, and disinfect door handles.
  • Sweep floors, and wet mop as needed.

Patient Room Bathroom Cleaning Procedures

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  • Empty and disinfect trash cans as needed, and replace liners.
  • Disinfect touch-points including light switches, door knobs and handrails.
  • Clean and disinfect showers, tubs, sinks, faucets and fixtures.
  • Wipe down and disinfect mirrors and countertops.
  • Clean and disinfect the toilet bowl, seat, tank and flush handle.
  • Check and refill toilet paper, soap dispensers and paper towels.
  • Wipe down walls, doors and fixtures.
  • Sweep and mop floors as needed.

Terminal Room Cleaning Tasks

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  • Confirm that the patient has been discharged and the room is vacant.
  • Perform hand hygiene, wear gloves, and place safety sign outside the door.
  • Disinfect bed framing, panels, headboard, footboard, rails and springs.
  • Disinfect mattress top, bottom and sides, and replace the mattress cover.
  • Replace pillows, and make the bed with fresh sheets and pillow cases.
  • Vacuum and polish furniture, turn cushions, and note any stains or damage.
  • Clean and disinfect medical equipment including wheelchairs, IV poles and blood pressure cuffs.
  • Check and refill soap and paper towel dispensers, and replace privacy curtains as needed.
  • Thoroughly clean and disinfect the patient bathroom.
  • Sweep, wet mop and sanitize all floors.

Daily Housekeeping for Other Hospital Areas

In addition to patient room cleaning, there are other building areas that require daily attention. Regular duties should include general housekeeping and touch-point sanitizing as well as these room-specific tasks.

Exam Rooms

Clean up and disinfect any surfaces contaminated by blood or bodily fluids. Immediately wash hands and put on fresh gloves after this task. Replace sharps containers when three-quarters full. Replace exam table coverings.

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Entrance and Waiting Areas

Make sure floors stay free of debris and tripping hazards. Immediately clean up spills on floors and furniture. Keep an eye out for personal belongings left behind by patients and visitors. Take found items to a designated station.

Hospital Cafeterias

Coordinate overall cleaning efforts with cafeteria staff to avoid duplication. Between peak service times, wipe down and disinfect tables, chairs, railings and countertops. Clean up food debris and floor spills.

Offices and Break Rooms

Inspect furniture for stains, wear and tear. Check storage areas for cleanliness and signs of insects or rodents. Wipe down break room appliances inside and out. Dispose of leftover food, and restock basic supplies as needed.

Public Bathrooms

Always apply highly stringent cleaning and disinfecting procedures to the hospital’s public bathrooms. These busy areas can quickly become breeding grounds for germs and bacteria that cause serious illnesses and communicable diseases.

The Advantages of Commercial Hospital Cleaning Services

As well as your staff takes care of daily hospital housekeeping, it’s often better to outsource big jobs. A commercial cleaning and restoration company offers specialized services that include seasonal work and one-time projects. These are just a few examples.

  • Industry-certified cleaning and restoration in high-risk areas
  • Mold identification, removal and remediation services
  • Deep cleaning for carpets, hardwood, tile and vinyl floors
  • Hospital-wide air duct and vent cleaning and sanitizing
  • Post-construction and remodel cleanup services
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By partnering with a commercial cleaning contractor, you have access to a full line of services that save time and money. You also enjoy the security of knowing you have backup in case of storm, fire and water damage emergencies.

Our Experience and Support

Our hospital housekeeping checklist is based on years of experience working with health care facilities across Chicago and the suburbs. We’re here to support your staff with the very best commercial cleaning services available.

You can trust ServiceMaster Restoration by Zaba to always exceed your highest standards and expectations. Give us a call today at 773-647-1985 for more information.

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