Best practice recommendations regarding cleaning and disinfection
A thorough cleaning and disinfection protocol is needed to control infectious diseases. Hygiene is equally important for keeping your animals healthy. A proper cleaning and disinfection protocol will reduce the infection pressure. A clean area provides the ideal conditions for healthy animals to live and grow.
Ideally, a cleaning and disinfection protocol consists of seven steps. It only starts after the removal of animals.
- Dry cleaning
Organic material (faeces, dust, soil) present in the stables/houses should be removed as much as possible. If this step is not performed well, the other steps will already be jeopardized.
- Soaking of all surfaces
Soaking of the surfaces with detergent will loosen the remaining dirt.
- High-pressure cleaning
All foam from the previous step will be removed by cleaning with water under high pressure. Start from the top of the building and work your way down. Don’t forget drinkers and feed troughs.
Let the stable/house dry out completely before moving on to the disinfection step. Otherwise, the disinfectant will be diluted and thus less effective.
Disinfection will further reduce the load of infectious agents. The instructions of the manufacturer must be followed carefully.
Make sure the buildings are completely dry before allowing animals to enter. This will ensure the animals cannot come into contact with remaining pools of disinfectant.
- Efficacy testing
Finally, in order to check whether your hard work has paid off, test the efficacy of your procedure by sampling different surfaces.
It is important to perform the steps mentioned above in all animal houses!