Disinfection on Inauguration Day – The White House Takes Extra Steps in Light of the COVID-19 Pandemic

January 21, 2021

The White House


The departure of an outgoing president and the arrival of a new one is nothing new for the White House staff. The process behind the scenes is typically a fast, well-coordinated event involving an army of staff and movers. But this year, things slowed down to allow for an extra step in the process: disinfection. 

The General Services Administration announced this week that it would thoroughly clean and disinfect surfaces touched by the outgoing administration, including light switches and door handles. They also plan to have disinfecting services performed regularly for at least the next 10 months in an effort to curb any potential spread of the virus within the White House. 

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Based on EPA registration # 82972-1. Hard surface bacteria tests were based on independent lab testing associated with EPA registration # 82972-1; sealed stone and VCT surfaces were evaluated for 38 pathogens including bacteria, germs and viruses. Our sanitizer associated with EPA registration # 82972-1 has been approved by the EPA for use against SARS-CoV-2, the cause of COVID-19. 
2  Based on EPA registration # 87583-3. Effective against algae and odor and stain-causing bacteria.