How do I clean my Wilderness Equipment Gear?
Henry from Wilderness Equipment has given us some information on how to care and clean your tents to ensure the best hygiene practices are met without compromising your kit!
Steps for General cleaning:
- Wear gloves when cleaning. Gloves should be discarded after each clean. If it is necessary to use reusable gloves, gloves should only be used for COVID-19 related cleaning and should not be used for other purposes or shared between workers. Wash reusable gloves with detergent and water after use and leave to dry. Clean hands immediately after removing gloves using soap and water or hand sanitiser.
- Thoroughly clean surfaces using detergent and water. Always clean from the cleanest surfaces to the dirtiest surfaces. This stops the transfer of germs to cleaner surfaces and allows you to physically remove and dispose of the largest possible amount of germs.
- If you need to use a disinfectant, clean the surface first using detergent then apply a disinfectant or use a combined detergent and disinfectant (see next section). A disinfectant will not kill germs if the surface has not been cleaned first. Apply disinfectant to surfaces using disposable papertowel or a disposable cloth. If non-disposable cloths are used, ensure they are laundered and dried before reusing.
- Allow the disinfectant to remain on the surface for the period of time required to kill the virus (contact time) as specified by the manufacturer. If no time is specified, leave for 10 minutes.
All Wilderness Equipment products can also be sanitised with Methylated Spirits, applied with a spray bottle.
For more general cleaning guidelines please see the instructions on your Wilderness Equipment product!
You can download the PDF here!
These documents are based on the recommendations from the following sources:
Disinfection 101: http://www.cfsph.iastate.edu/Disinfection/Assets/Disinfection101.pdf
Cleaning to prevent the spread of COVID-19 – Fact Sheet: https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/doc/cleaning- prevent-spread-covid-19-fact-sheet
Infection control advice for COVID-19 environmental cleaning in non-healthcare settings (home and workplace): https://ww2.health.wa.gov.au/~/media/Files/Corporate/general%20documents/Infectious%20diseases/ PDF/Coronavirus/COVID19-Environmental-Cleaning-for-workplaces.pdf