All Questions




How do I obtain products for general disinfection of my workspace?

March 12, 2020

Department accounts and/or P-cards may be used to purchase the office cleaning products mentioned here.

At this time, the availability of hand sanitizer and cleaning products for the office is limited. The UWM Procurement Department is working to obtain these products and more information will follow if these products become available.


What are the recommended products for general disinfection of my workspace?

March 12, 2020

The following are some recommended products for use in general disinfection/ routine cleaning that are effective for influenza and COVID-19. This is not an all-inclusive list; these are simply some recommended products from the Biosafety Program Office. If you have questions or inquiries about products you are currently using, feel free to contact the biosafety program at: uwm-biosafety@uwm.edu to discuss your disinfectant products.

  • Clorox Brand Products, including Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, Clorox Clean-Up Cleaner + Bleach, and Clorox Disinfecting Bleach. These can be found at most major retailers, but are harder to find due to high demand. Contact times and additional information may be found on the Clorox website.
  • Clorox Disinfecting Wipes are a good option for cleaning of computer keyboards and related items.
  • Lysol Brand Products, including Lysol Disinfectant Spray, Lysol Disinfectant Spray Cover Mist, Lysol Multi-Surface Cleaner Pourable, Lysol Multi-Purpose Cleaner with Hydrogen Peroxide, Lysol Multi-Purpose Cleaner with Bleach EPA, Lysol Power Bathroom Cleaner, Lysol Power Foam Bathroom Cleaner, Lysol Power Toilet Bowl Cleaner and Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaner with Bleach. These can be found at most major retailers, but are harder to find due to high demand. Contact times and additional information may be found on the Lysol website.

What products should I use to disinfect my workspace?

March 12, 2020

Use products approved for use against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, which can be found on the U.S. EPA Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2 webpage. Disinfectants that possess the EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens claims are recommended by the CDC for use against COVID-19. These products can be identified by the following claim:

“[Product name] has demonstrated effectiveness against viruses similar to COVID-19 on hard non-porous surfaces. Therefore, this product can be used against COVID-19 when used in accordance with the directions for use against [name of supporting virus] on hard, non-porous surfaces.”


What can I do to disinfect my workspace?

March 12, 2020

Influenza viruses and coronaviruses (such as COVID-19) can survive on a variety of surfaces, such as door handles, tables and keyboards. Besides good hand washing practices, routine disinfection of surfaces people may encounter is an excellent way to minimize exposure to these viruses and many other infectious agents.

These include workstations, countertops, doorknobs/ push bars, hard-backed chairs, remotes, desks and light switches. It is important to clean in between users, or daily for single user workstations. It is also important to engage in routine hand washing and use of hand sanitizer in-between hand washing. After disinfecting an area, make sure hands are promptly washed at the nearest sink.


What about cleaning during spring break?

March 12, 2020

During spring break, daily cleaning and sanitation procedures above will continue.  In addition, increased staff will be available to do tasks with more frequency and clean areas that don’t get addressed until break times.




What cleaning is done in the offices in the housing facilities?

March 12, 2020

All offices are detail cleaned (dust, damp wipe with hospital grade disinfectant, mop and/or vacuum) once a month. Main offices, or offices having certain prestige, are cleaned weekly. Office trash is removed by the occupant of the office, except on the scheduled day for cleaning. Floors are refinished and carpets/chairs are deep cleaned once a year.


Are public areas in student housing cleaned more often?

March 12, 2020

Entrances and public areas are cleaned daily to maintain a clean image for students and staff. Spot-checking is done 1-3 times again throughout the day. The door glass is cleaned and touch points disinfected. Floors are swept, mopped or vacuumed, depending on floor surfaces. Dusting and damp wiping is done as needed. Carpets and floors are refinished during summer recess or as needed due to spills or weather.


What cleaning is done in student housing?

March 12, 2020

Restrooms are cleaned and disinfected daily before 8 a.m. Power cleaning with disinfectant cleaners is completed, depending on location and amount of daily use it receives. Restrooms are spot-checked 1-3 times during the day and 3 times on second shift. Paper and soap products are replenished, trash emptied if needed, and obvious messes cleaned up.



How often are the food service areas cleaned?

March 12, 2020

Food service units are cleaned daily when in operation. Food service employees clean equipment, and custodial staff clean and scrub floors. Products used for disinfecting surfaces and floors are “hospital grade” and EPA approved.


What about the offices in the Student Union?

March 12, 2020

Student centers and many offices are vacuumed on a weekly basis. Occupants are responsible for garbage removal and additional cleaning. Detail cleaning can be requested during breaks.


What about the Student Union? How often are the public areas cleaned?

March 12, 2020

Restrooms are cleaned and disinfected daily during the evening shift. Restrooms are checked 1-3 times throughout the day, depending on traffic and special events.  Paper and soap products are replenished, trash emptied if needed and obvious messes cleaned up. Detail cleaning of restrooms is done 1-4 times per month, depending on daily usage.

Seating areas and lounges are cleaned daily, including vacuuming of carpet and cleaning of tables and chairs. Public area floors are vacuumed, mopped or auto scrubbed daily. Deep cleaning of floors and furniture is done during summer break and UWinteriM.


Will there be additional cleaning over spring break?

March 12, 2020

During spring break, deep cleaning will be conducted. Building restrooms will have a power cleaning with disinfectant cleaners. Classrooms and public spaces will have thorough surface cleaning with EPA-approved disinfectants.



What about hand sanitizers?

March 12, 2020

Hand sanitizer stations located near first floor elevators are checked daily and refilled as needed.


What are standard cleaning procedures conducted in UWM buildings?

March 12, 2020

Restrooms and locker rooms are cleaned and disinfected daily (Monday through Friday) before 8 a.m. Spot checks are then conducted 1-3 times during the day.  Paper and soap products are replenished, trash emptied if needed and obvious messes cleaned up. Power cleaning with disinfectant cleaners is done 1-4 times per month, depending on location and amount of daily use it receives.

Entrances, public areas and classrooms are cleaned daily to maintain a clean image for students and staff. Door glass is cleaned, touch points disinfected and floors swept, mopped or vacuumed, depending on surfaces. Dusting and damp wiping is done as needed. Carpets and floors are refinished during summer recess or as needed due to spills or weather.

All offices are detail cleaned (dust, damp wipe, mop and/or vacuum) once per month. Main offices, or offices having certain prestige, are cleaned weekly. Occupants are responsible for garbage and more frequent cleaning, as needed.


What precautions is MCTS taking?

March 12, 2020

According to the Milwaukee County Transit System website: MCTS has proactively implemented an extra daily disinfection process on all buses using EPA-approved and CDC-recommended cleaning products. That’s in addition to the standard cleaning the vehicles receive regularly.