Whether it’s The Time of Covid or not, The Toyary takes toy cleaning and sanitization seriously. Here are the steps we take to minimize any risk of germ transmission, from the common cold to Covid-19.
- Quarantine: Once a toy is returned, it goes into an immediate three-day holding period, isolated from the toy library itself. It is also inspected to ensure there are no missing or broken parts.
- Clean: Depending on the toy and its material, toys are deep-cleaned in one of these ways: dishwasher, washing machine, or hand-wash with detergent/soap and water.
- Sanitize: The dishwasher and washing machines both clean and sanitize toys. If further sanitization is required, we’ll use either a bleach- or alcohol-water solution. If an item cannot effectively be cleaned with washing (for example, puzzles), we treat them with UVC light technology as an added precaution. UVC light technology kills virtually all germs, viruses and bacteria, and the device we use has demonstrated >99.99% kill of Human Coronavirus 229E in 3 minutes.
- Cover: Clean hands are gloved and faces are masked prior to any sorting or packing of toys scheduled for borrowing.
- Contain: The cleaned and sanitized toys are placed in containers and/or bagged to minimize any contamination risk during transportation.
- Transport: All efforts are taken to minimize any risk of exposure or cross-contamination during pick-up or delivery, including regular disinfection of high-touch surfaces like door handles, sorting tables and shelves, steering wheels, etc.
At the same time, we’re constantly monitoring the latest research and guidelines specific to Covid-19 transmission. While the procedures above may be subject to change based on what ongoing research tells us, here are the resources we’re listening to and the detailed studies we’ve tracked to inform the process above.
- National Institutes of Health (NIH), including its suggestion that Covid-19 may live on select surfaces for up to three days.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including its strict guidance for daycares.
- United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), particularly its List N: Disinfectants for Coronavirus (Covid-19).
- Mass.gov’s protocols for Massachusetts Emergency Covid-19 child care, as informed by the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) and the Department of Public Health (DPH).
- Boston Public Health Commision guidance for cleaning and disinfecting to prevent Covid-19.
If you’re a research nut like us and have any other information you’d like to share, please don’t hesitate to reach out!