General Procedures for Routine Aircraft Cabin Cleaning Operation

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Sofema Online (SOL)  reviews best practices for a routine Aircraft Cabin Cleaning Operation – Consider the Following Example Work Instruction

Introduction & Safety Precautions

  • Ensure an organized approach to cleaning. Utilize the right tools, technology, and cleaning solutions for optimal results.
  • Always wear appropriate protective equipment, such as gloves and masks.
  • Ensure the aircraft is properly ventilated during cleaning.
  • Store cleaning chemicals in a safe location, away from children and pets.
  • Follow the manufacturer's instructions for all cleaning equipment and solutions.

Detailed Work Instruction: Routine Aircraft Cabin Cleaning Operation

To maintain the highest standards of hygiene and cleanliness throughout the aircraft interior.

Cleaning best practice is to start from the top of the plane, and then work your way down. Cleaning in a logical, methodical manner will ensure that all tasks are covered

General Disinfection

  • Disinfect areas where germs or microbes can exist for example handles, overhead reading light switches, air-conditioning controls, and cabin crew call buttons also need wiping down with an antibacterial cleaning solution.

>> Consider fast-action cleaning methods, such as steam technology.


Tools & Equipment Required:

  • Cordless vacuum or vacuum with an extra-long power cord.
  • Antibacterial cleaning solution.
  • Soft microfiber towel.
  • Aviation-approved plexiglass cleaner.
  • EPA-approved cleaning solution.
  • Spray-tool technology for fogging.
  • Steam cleaning machine.
  • Back-pack vacuum cleaner with a crevice tool.
  • Bleach-based cleaning solutions.
  • Disinfectant wipes.
  • Aircraft specification vacuum cleaner.
  • Hard floor cleaner.

Procedure General Cabin Cleaning:

Overhead bins and multiple stowage compartments collect dirt, dust, and debris from cabin luggage, suitcases, clothing, etc. Cordless vacuums are ideal for cleaning the inside of baggage compartments.

Note - If using a vacuum connected to the aircraft service outlet then choose one with an extra-long power cord that allows you to clean large areas without unplugging.

  • Begin from the top of the plane and work downwards.
  • Remove refuse from the cabin and passenger areas.
  • Clean in a methodical manner to ensure no area is missed.
  • Overhead Storage Bins, Light, and Air Controls:
  • Vacuum inside of baggage compartments.
  • Disinfect handles and other high-touch areas.
  • Wipe down passenger overhead reading light switches, air-conditioning controls, and cabin crew call buttons with an antibacterial solution.

Procedure Windows and Shades:

  • Use a soft microfiber towel and a mild detergent or aviation-approved plexiglass cleaner.
  • Avoid using paper towels.
  • Spray the cleaning solution onto the cloth, not directly onto the window.
  • Clean in a back-and-forth motion.
  • Disinfect window shades, especially where passengers may rest their heads.

Procedure Tray Tables:

  • Clean and disinfect both the upper and underside surfaces.
  • Use EPA-registered cleaning solutions with antimicrobial ingredients.

Procedure Seatbelt Sanitization:

  • Use spray-tool technology for fogging or steam cleaning.
  • Ensure the disinfectant covers the hard surface of the buckle system and the strap material.

Procedure Seat Cleaning:

  • Clean armrests, seat backs, cushions, and all parts of the seats.
  • Use appropriate cleaning methods based on seat material.
  • Test cleaning solutions on an inconspicuous section of the seat first.

Procedure Seatback Pockets and Monitors:

  • Use a backpack vacuum cleaner with a crevice tool.
  • Ensure the vacuum meets aircraft specifications and voltage requirements.

Procedure Lavatories:

  • Use bleach-based cleaning solutions.
  • Start with the toilet bowl, seat, and flush, then move to the faucet, sink, waste bin, hand dryer, and finally the door lock.
  • Consider using a steam cleaner or professional gun spray for thorough sanitization.

Procedure Aircraft Galley Cleaning:

  • Food and Beverage Carts:

>> Sterilize pull-out drawers or flip-out tables.

>> Clean the waste disposal compartment.

>> Wipe individual food trays with a disinfectant wipe.

  • Galley Kitchen Food Preparation Areas:

>> Use disinfectant wipes on hard surfaces.

>> Clean refrigerators at least once a week.

>> Use steam cleaning with organic products to avoid strong odors and allergens.

Procedure Floor Cleaning:

Vacuum the floor, focusing on the aisle and under-seat stowage compartments.

Use a hard floor cleaner to wash and disinfect the flooring.

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