According to a White House official, the White House will undergo a thorough and extensive cleaning before President-elect Joe Biden and his family move in.
The cleaning is one of many changes the White House will make once the outgoing President Donald Trump leaves the residence. A spokesman for the General Services Administration (GSA) told the Daily Mail that both the east and west wings will be cleaned on Jan. 20.
The agency is responsible for the cleaning and told CNN that every surface in the 55,000 square meter villa will be subjected to "thorough disinfection and cleaning". In addition, door handles and handles, light switches, carpets and window treatments are cleaned.
“The GSA will thoroughly clean and disinfect the building spaces between the administrations and ensure that everything is up to standard. Cleaning includes, but is not limited to, all furniture, floors, window treatments, handrails, door handles, light switches, countertops, elevator buttons, toilet and dispensers, door handles and pressure plates, and lighting fixtures, ”the spokesman said.
The agency also approved a contract with a cleaning company to provide disinfectant mist services due to COVID-19 at the White House next year. Doctors have said the virus can persist on surfaces for up to three days.
Since White House adviser Hope Hicks announced in early October that she contracted the coronavirus, more than 20 people have contracted the virus near Trump.
The list includes President Trump; his wife Melania; his son Barron; his son Donald Jr. and girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle; Chief of Staff Mark Meadows; Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani; former Senior Counselor Kellyanne Conway; former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie; HUD Secretary Ben Carson; White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany; and others, including Herman Cain, who died of the disease.
Trump, who has downplayed the coronavirus since arriving in the United States, also had clearly loose politics in the White House, in which nobody wore face masks and the parties were not socially distant. The White House's policies on coronavirus were so relaxed that even Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he had been avoiding the White House for months.