As a Multi-Service provider who offers cleaning services, we have noticed that there is a lack of knowledge as to how long COVID-19 lasts on surfaces. It has made it difficult for cleaning professionals to understand the complexity and severity of the virus, but also in their approach to disinfection. The World Health Organisation had estimated that from the previous research done on this virus that it only lasted a few hours.


However, according to reports made by National Public Radio, a recent unpublished study has surfaced that explains the potential lifespan of the coronavirus. This study, by researchers at the Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Montana, and a part of the US National Institute of Health, conducted experiments and founded the following:

  • The virus was tested on a variety of surfaces and it was found to have lasted up to 72 hours on hard surfaces.
  • The experiment showed that the virus lasts up to 24 hours on cardboard surfaces.
  • In addition, the study showed that it only lasted a few hours on copper surfaces.
  • However, the length of survival was still undetermined in their experiments.
  • They adapted their findings to include previous research that showed that the virus lasts longer on hard surfaces than soft surfaces.
  • Although food has been a major concern for people, the research showed that it is less of a concern because it begins in the respiratory system and not in the digestive tract.


For every business, cleanliness should be a top priority, and these particular points above show that cleaning surfaces are important for the workplace environment. It is important to practice the following three points within the workspace:

  1. Wash your hands frequently.
  2. Wear personal protective equipment.
  3. Wipe down surfaces with ammonia or alcohol-based products.


A business needs to keep a clean and healthy environment. In any event, it is safe for both the employees and employers to help one another practice good hygiene. However, you can never be too sure how healthy your environment. At Vizual, we offer long term and short-term cleaning services that use well-trained staff to maintain and create a healthy and hygienic environment. Contact us for more information about our cleaning services.