Visit England 'We're Good to Go' accreditation logoCoronavirus cleaning routine – protecting you and our housekeeper

As members of Marketing Peak District and Derbyshire, we have undertaken training to prepare us for re-opening now that Government advice (and our own common sense) tells us it is safe to do so. We are proud to have achieved the ‘We’re Good to Go’ Industry Standard mark.

Government advice states that “under most circumstances, the amount of infectious coronavirus on any contaminated surface is likely to have decreased significantly by 24 hours, and even more so by 48 hours.”[1] We recognise that we therefore need to carry out thorough cleaning and sanitising of surfaces in the cottage at every changeover and allow extra time for this.  We will maintain a minimum 6-hour changeover period at all times.

Property owner, Kate MacLean, has attended a two-hour webinar session led by Rafael Cobos of The Cleaning Masterclass ( ), and housekeeper Elaine has subsequently watched a recording of it.  Together Kate and Elaine have developed a cleaning routine above and beyond our normal high standards, with protection against Coronavirus in mind.

In principle, at every changeover Elaine will clean each room from top to bottom, working from the far corner to the door.  The rule is: clean thoroughly first, then sanitise.  A fresh microfibre cloth will be used for each room, and all cloths and dusters are washed 60° C after each changeover.

We will pay particular attention to ‘high touch’ surfaces, such as:

  • Kitchen work surfaces, door fronts, fridge and cooker
  • Taps and handles
  • Door handles and window latches
  • Dining table and the tops of dining chairs
  • Remote controls for the TV and electric look-alike wood-burning stove
  • Bedside tables and radios, wardrobe and drawer handles
  • Light switches and blind pulls
  • Stair handrail

We have decided to remove tourist information leaflets, magazines and board games from the cottage, and to make available electronic copies of instruction booklets for all the appliances.  We will however print a copy of ‘need to know’ information about the cottage and local services for each new arrival, on recycled paper.

We have chosen to use Bio-D All Purpose cleaner, which we buy from Day Zero, the zero waste shop just a two minute walk from the cottage.  First and foremost, this is an environmentally product, which is vegan and cruelty free.  It has been tested as being effective against E.coli, Salmonella Enterica, MRSA and Staphylococcus Aureus, while still being gentle on skin.  It also conforms to the food grade standard BS EN 1276. The hand sanitiser which we provide in the entrance hall is organic, vegan and microplastic-free, which we buy in bulk from the Beauty Kitchen and provide in a refillable bottle.

All sheets and towels are washed and dried by a professional laundry, at minimum 60° C.  We do ask guests to remove sheets and bag them, however, and to avoid shaking them over the floor, if possible.