"Clean Room" Policies
If you had an outbreak of a deadly virus like parvo/distemper, mites like mange, or an outbreak of fungal infections like ringworm you are required by ANBAR to follow the below sanitizing process and practices before we can place another foster with you.
If you dealt with parvo/distemper we prefer, for the safety of animals, that you only foster fully vaccinated animals for 18 months after the outbreak in your home.
Having a “clean room” is even harder if you have a big family or young kids, roommates who don’t care about the animal’s safety, or an elderly parent with forgetfulness.
Understanding Why You Need to Deep Clean
• Germs, mites, funguses can spread all around your home, even if you kept sick animals in a one-room quarantine.
• Hardy viruses like distemper can live on surfaces for 12-18months or longer.
• You should always do a thorough cleaning of all pet items and your entire home in between foster animals to keep cross- contamination of any germs down and to keep your home cleaner.
• If you had a deadly virus in your home, we cannot permit you to foster again unless you only foster fully vaccinated animals OR unless you can safely and effectively do a “clean room”.
• If you had a skin contamination, we cannot permit you to foster again until you deep clean.
Important to Understand
Don’t use Lysol wipes or antibacterial gels to try to sanitize with as they do not kill the parvo/distemper viruses. These virus strains are in the .01% of germs it can’t kill.
Deep Cleaning Requirements for A “Clean Room”
1. Declutter your space. Pick up items off floor, throw away trash, neaten the space.2. Throw out any items you deem disposable after the sick animals are gone from your environment (scratching posts, toys, blankets, partially used meds, etc.).3. Put up any items that you don’t have to use, but don’t want to throw out, for 2years. Do not use again for that length of time. Preferably, wash or sanitize before storing. 4. Wash ALL soft fabric animal items you are keeping like bedding, towels, toys, beds, etc. in a bleach wash. Bleach wash 2x on a hot setting with an extra rinse. Dry on high heat. Be careful once you have these items cleaned where you place them – do not contaminate them again by placing carelessly on an unsanitized surface. 5. Any items that cannot be bleached like your bedding or clothing, wash in very hot water, extra rinse setting. Dry on high heat. Drying 2x on high heat is recommended. Again, do not contaminate after washing by placing on an unsanitized surface. 6. Create a 1:10 bleach solution in hot water and use a cleaning cloth to clean all wall areas and baseboards the cats may have been near, sneezed on, or touched (be careful around fabrics and carpet so it doesn’t bleach out color on those). Most of the time this cleaning would just be from about a chair rail down to the bottom of baseboards. However, if you had a cat tree or places higher up like countertops where the sick animals could have reached the walls, clean those areas, too. If you do the 1:10 solution, you only need to clean once. If you choose to do a lighter bleach solution like 1:32, than you need to clean all surfaces twice.7. Wipe down other items that will be high touch spots like light switches, doorknobs, etc. with the bleach solution. 8. Do walls and high touch points before floors. When doing floors, remember to either wear clean clothes and shoes OR start in the farthest corner from the door and work your way towards the door.9. Remove any soft furnishings or rugs that do not need to stay in room. Vacuum all carpeting thoroughly. Vacuum and spot wash any soft furnishings thoroughly. Saturate any carpet and soft furnishings in the purple sanitizing cleanser spray (ANBAR will provide). Let it dry. Repeat the sanitizing spray an additional time and let dry again.10. If you have hard floors, vacuum or sweep thoroughly. Then do a “Cinderella” mop on your hands and knees to really scrub well with a 1:10 hot bleach water solution. Let the solution sit and air dry on floor. Afterward, return (in clean clothes and shoes) to do just a hot water mop to remove residue bleach. Cats and kittens are drawn to the bleach smell and may lick the residue off the floors if you do not do this. 11. Clean the carriers for the animals thoroughly with 1:10 bleach solution or with the purple spray (2x).
Once the “Clean Room” is Clean
1. It needs to stay clean!2. Never wear contaminated clothing (from wearing around your house) into the room. We recommend that if you are not planning to sit in the room, wearing an apron or smock will suffice. If you plan to sit or kneel in the room, wear clean clothing that you put on right before you entered. 3. NEVER wear contaminated shoes or socks or bare feet into the room. Keep “clean” shoes right outside the door. Place a clean towel on floor next to door and place bleached clean shoes on towel. We recommend flip flops or slippers that can easily be bleached washed repeatedly. You can choose to use shoe covers, but we prefer “clean shoes” as the best practice. Make sure you wash the shoes and towel in a bleach wash regularly (1-3xs a week) throughout the fostering timeframe. 4. WASH YOUR HANDS! Every time you enter, wash your hands up to elbows in hot soapy water and dry on an uncontaminated towel (like paper towels). We recommend you also wash your face if you plan to snuggle or kiss foster animals. 5. When you need clean towels or bedding for fosters, bleach wash the ones you’ve been using before returning to the room. Make sure not to set them on an unsanitized surface.6. Frequently re-clean with bleach wash or sanitizing spray the doorknobs, light switches, and other high touch spots. 7. Remember to not bring in contaminated items like cell phones or laptops. Unless you sanitize them right before entering room – leave them out of the room. (Remember Lysol wipes won’t cut it.)8. Keep all your supplies needed for animals in the room – bring them directly from store into the room OR sanitize as needed before bringing into the room. 9. When you need to sweep, vacuum or clean the room while animals are still in the “clean room” – don’t! Unless you have sanitized those tools or bought brand new ones for use only in that room. We may not think about it, but a contaminated broom sweeping up in your “clean room” makes it not “clean” anymore.
We so value and appreciate your best efforts in these situations. Help us, help you take the best care of our fosters as we all can by following these guidelines.
If you have additional questions on these policies, reach out to someone on the ANBAR leadership team.