It’s that time of the year again when schools re-open and kids go back to class. However, especially with the pandemic, school cleaning and disinfecting are more important than ever. Nevertheless, this doesn’t have to be complicated. In this blog post, you can find 10 easy steps to include in your checklist. Even if kids will be kids and they will leave a mess, school cleaning is still crucial.
How to make school cleaning more manageable
1. Make a schedule
If you organize a cleaning and disinfecting schedule, it will be easier to manage and keep it on track. This means that you need to prioritize how often each surface needs to be cleaned and to make this calendar available to everyone.
2. Dispose of waste immediately
Children are prone to making a mess. Even if they don’t realise it, the waste can become a health hazard if it’s not disposed of appropriately. With that being said, it’s important to maintain some safety precautions when handling the waste, like wearing gloves and disinfecting the trash cans once they have been emptied.
3. Identify bacteria-prone surfaces
Efficient school cleaning implies that you are aware of the most-touched surfaces and you take extra care with them. For example, high-traffic areas, restrooms, computers, need to be cleaned more often. Anything that is touched on a regular basis needs more attention.
4. Know the difference between cleaning and sanitising
There is a very important distinction between cleaning and sanitizing. The process of cleaning means just wiping down surfaces and removing visible dirt. This doesn’t remove dirt, but it removes them from the cleaned surfaces. Sanitizing, however, actually kills the germs and lowers the risk of bacteria spreading.
5. Read the labels on cleaning products
Especially for school cleaning, you need to pay attention to what cleaning products you’re using. Some of them have harsh chemicals and children might be more affected than adults. Some products can cause breathing difficulties, skin irritations, and even burns.
6. Involve the kids in the school cleaning
There’s no better way to teach children about the importance of cleaning than actually involving them in the process. you can even make a game out of it and turn cleaning into an enjoyable activity.
7. Consider hiring a team of professionals
School cleaning, especially during a pandemic, is a critical process for the well-being of both the students and the teachers. With that being said, it’s a good idea to let the professionals handle the task from time to time. They have the most experience with disinfection and can make the school a safe place again.
8. School breaks are perfect for deep cleaning
When children are out of school, it’s the perfect time for some deep cleaning of all areas and surfaces. For example, you could consider bio fogging with disinfectant, especially since the rooms need to be ventilated for some time before anyone can come in again.
9. Even if it doesn’t look dirty, it still needs to be cleaned
If a surface looks clean, it could be tempted to skip it during school cleaning. However, viruses and bacteria can’t be seen, but they are present everywhere. Additionally, they can still live on surfaces for periods of time between 24 hours and even a whole week. Therefore it’s better to be safe than sorry and sanitize all surfaces, even if they look clean.
10. School cleaning includes windows
Windows can be easily overlooked in the process of cleaning. However, they are important for a number of reasons. First of all, natural light improves everyone’s mood and even productivity. Additionally, dirty windows can still gather dirt and muck that can further the spreading of bacteria and viruses among the kids.
School cleaning is not something that you should overlook or do half-heartedly. Especially during the pandemic, it’s important to make the school a safe place for everyone.
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