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16 Jan 2019

Care Home Cleaning Checklist

Care Home Cleaning Checklist

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) in partnership with the Health Protection Agency (HPA), have recently focused on quality improvement in terms of the cleanliness required in healthcare environments. This improved information is aimed at the care sector and people working in other areas of the NHS, the aim of this guide is to ensure that care settings are compliant with the current code of practice for preventing and controlling infections.

The secondary aim of this information is to help build on advice given in the code of practice and elsewhere to help further enhance and improve the quality of care and practice being offered within care environments and the NHS. What it is hoped that these changes will achieve is an increase in cleaning standards, lifting care environments above the current standards making it easier to prevent and control infections and illnesses.

Keeping a care environment clean is crucial at all times, which is why it’s so essential that each member of staff is aware of effective care home cleaning information and knows how to ensure that the environment remains as clean as possible. And also, of course, that all care home hygiene standards are met at all times, as this is vital for the wellbeing and health of many more vulnerable people living in care settings.

The law states that, under Regulation 15 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008, that ‘all premises and equipment used by the service provider’ must be clean, secure, suitable for the purpose for which they are being used, properly used and properly maintained. What this means is that every care home is legally bound to offer a clean and hygienic environment with high levels of cleanliness expected to help prevent infections and other related issues.

With this in mind, below we have put together a care home cleaning checklist, to help ensure that your care environment is as clean and hygienic as possible. As part of this, it’s essential that you keep your care home cleaning supplies fully stocked up so that you are able to tackle all daily cleaning tasks as soon as they occur.

Cleaning checlist for care homes:

All surfaces must be cleaned each day, including floors, equipment, and soft furnishings. This should include:


  • Doors and door frames
  • Covers of radiators
  • Kitchens being cleaned everywhere, including surfaces, floors, ovens and fridges
  • Windows, window sills and frames
  • Skirting boards
  • Handrails
  • Bath hoists should be cleaned between each use
  • Ledges, flat surfaces and the tops of wardrobes
  • Bed frames
  • Mattresses - these should be vacummed and cleansed with disinfectant
  • Bedside cabinets
  • Wheelchairs - clean between uses by each resident and check frames and wheels
  • Over bed tables
  • Extractor fans
  • Skin and taps
  • Toilets and bathrooms - check, clean and tidy. Ensure that there are detergent wipes available in each bathroom. Replenish soap, hand towels and make sure there is no scale build up
  • Floors and carpets
  • Medicine trolleys and cupboards - clean and check contents
  • Light switches, all fittings and lampshades
  • Reusable equipment such as shower chairs, hoists and commodes
  • When cleaning a care home you need to make sure that you are wearing the correct Personal Protective Equipment, including gloves and aprons. Depending on the task at hand, you may also require overshoes, oversleeves, face masks and coveralls.

When cleaning you should be using the following:

  • Mop and bucket
  • Hot water
  • Detergent wipes
  • Disinfectant, wipes and spray can be extremely useful for care home cleaning
  • Bleach
  • Chlorine tablets
  • Patient wipes
  • Colour coded clothes - ones you can dispose of
  • Floor cleaner
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Urine and vomit spill pack
  • Steam cleaner
  • Carpet shampoo
  • Laundry products - washing detergent and dissolvable laundry sacks.
  • Washing up liquid
  • Hand sanitiser - this should be made available for all members of staff and visitors

Colour coding:
A colour coding system of cleaning materials, tasks and equipment should be operated in a care home environment. It is easier to keep on top of and make sure no tasks are missed. 

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