Hospital Cleaning Checklist

This cleaning audit checklist aims to help hospital housekeepers standardize cleaning practices and avoid common mistakes such as double-dipping cloths, shaking mops, etc. It provides guidelines and checks for housekeeping staff when cleaning different areas in healthcare facilities.​

Hospital Cleaning Checklist



Before Cleaning

1. Checked for any signs or precautions?


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2. Clutter removed before cleaning?


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3. Manufacturer’s instructions followed for proper dilution and contact time for cleaning and disinfecting solutions?


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4. Materials required for cleaning gathered before entering the area?


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5. Hands cleaned before entering the area?


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During Cleaning

1. Is progress made from the least soiled areas (low-touch) to the most soiled areas (high-touch) and from higher surfaces to lower surfaces?


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2. All gross soil (visible to naked eye) removed prior to cleaning and disinfection?


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3. Turbulence minimized to prevent the dispersion of dust that may contain microorganisms?


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4. Mops never shaken to clean them?


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5. Dust control mop used prior to wet/damp mop?


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6. Mop washed under the running water before wet mopping?


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7. No ‘double-dipping’ cloths strictly enforced (dip the mop only once in the cleaning solution, as dipping it multiple times may re-contaminate it)?


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8. An area of 120 square feet mopped before re-dipping the mop in the solution?


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9. Cleaning solution changed after cleaning an area of 240 square feet?


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10. Cleaning solutions changed as per the manufacturer’s instructions. (Change more frequently in heavily contaminated areas, when visibly soiled and immediately after cleaning blood and body fluid spills)?


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11. Needles and other sharp objects safely handled and sharps disposed into puncture-proof container?


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12. Incidents reported to the supervisor?


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13. Waste collected; plastic bags handled from the top (bags not compressed with hands)?


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14. Hands cleaned upon leaving the area?


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After Cleaning

1. Tools used for cleaning and disinfecting cleaned and dried between uses?


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2. Mop heads laundered daily?


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3. All washed mop heads dried thoroughly before re-use?


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4. Sanitation cart and carts used to transport biomedical waste cleaned daily?


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5. All attachments of machines removed, emptied, cleaned and dried before storing?


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Checklist by GoAudits.com – Please note that this checklist is intended as an example. We do not guarantee compliance with the laws applicable to your territory or industry. You should seek professional advice to determine how this checklist should be adapted to your workplace or jurisdiction.

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