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How do I maintain a clean and sanitized environment?

(1) Surfaces must be easily cleanable. A cleanable surface is one that is:
(a) Designed to be cleaned frequently;
(b) Moisture-resistant; and
(c) Free from cracks, chips or tears.
(2) Examples of cleanable surfaces include linoleum, tile, sealed wood, and plastic.
(3) You must maintain the building, equipment and premises in a clean and sanitary manner that protects the children from illness including but not limited to:
(a) Ensure that floors around sinks, toilets, diaper change areas and potty chairs are moisture resistant and easily cleanable for at least twenty-four inches surrounding the surfaces; and
(b) Take measures to control rodents, fleas, cockroaches, and other pests in and around the center premises such as:
(i) Keep all trash and garbage cans tightly sealed;
(ii) Screen open windows and doors;
(iii) Seal and store food properly; and
(iv) Keep floors and other areas free from crumbs and food debris.
(4) Surfaces can be cleaned:
(a) With any cleaning solution such as soap and water, cleanser or cleaning spray;
(b) With a concentration according to label directions; and
(c) Rinsed as needed per label directions.
(5) You may use a bleach solution to sanitize in the following areas:
(a) Diapering areas;
(b) Surfaces exposed to body fluids;
(c) Bathrooms and bathroom equipment;
(d) Table tops;
(e) High chairs;
(f) Toys;
(g) Dishes;
(h) Floors; and
(i) Sleeping mats.
(6) You may use any solution that is intended for sanitizing if the solution is approved by the department. When you use a product other than bleach to sanitize, you must:
(a) Follow the label directions for use including concentration, contact time and rinsing; and
(b) Be sure that if you use the product on food contact surfaces and items that children might put into their mouths, the label states the product is safe for food contact surfaces.
(7) The following are surfaces that need to be cleaned and sanitized and a minimum schedule for that cleaning:
(a) Tables and counters used for food serving and high chairs before and after each meal or snack;
(b) Sinks, counters and floors daily, or more often if necessary;
(c) Refrigerators monthly or more often as needed;
(d) Bathrooms (including sinks, toilets, counters and floors) daily and more often if necessary;
(e) Floors will be swept, cleaned and sanitized daily;
(f) Carpet vacuumed at least daily and shampooed as needed but at least every six months;
(g) Toys that children place in their mouth between use by different children;
(h) Infant and toddler toys daily; and
(i) Sleeping mats, cribs and other forms of bedding between use by different children and at least weekly.
(8) Your health policies and procedures must describe your frequency for general cleaning, dusting, cleaning toys, toy shelves, and equipment.
[WSR 06-15-075, recodified as § 170-295-5040, filed 7/13/06, effective 7/13/06. Statutory Authority: Chapters 74.12 and 74.15 RCW. WSR 03-14-110, § 388-295-5040, filed 6/30/03, effective 8/1/03.]
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