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General disinfection protocol:

  1. Remove all organic matter- *Surfaces cannot be disinfected if organic matter is present.* Scrub surfaces with warm, soapy water to remove all traces of organic matter including dirt, feces, saliva and mucous.
  2. Allow surface to dry before applying a disinfectant.
  3. Disinfect- After scrubbing the surface, use an approved disinfectant such as bleach (recommended at a strength of 1 part bleach to 10 parts water) or accelerated hydrogen peroxide (ie. Intervention®, Trifectant®, or Virkon S®) or a phenolic (i.e. One Stroke Environ® or Tek-Trol®).  Be sure to follow label directions for use including precautions that workers should be taking in applying the product used.
  4. Allow surface to dry before using the vehicle.
  5. Remember to disinfect crossties and under floor mats as well- floor mats should be pulled up, scrubbed, and sprayed with a disinfectant, as should the floor beneath them. Crossties should be cleaned of organic matter and disinfected.


Disinfection Resources:

The Importance of Cleaning to Disinfection (article), EDQ

Characteristics of Selected Disinfectants (chart), CFSPH- Iowa State University

Cleaning and Disinfecting Protocol (sign), CSFPH- Iowa State University

Stall Cleaning/Disinfection Series Part 1: Cleaning (video), The Horse

Stall Cleaning and Disinfection Part 2: Disinfection (video), The Horse

How to Clean/Disinfect Horse Equipment (video), The Horse

How to Clean and (not quite) Disinfect Leather (video), The Horse

How to Clean/Disinfect Water Buckets and Troughs (video), The Horse

For Vets: Disinfection 101 -CFSPH, Iowa State University