The new school year is just days away, which means thousands of students, faculty and administrators will be returning to school buildings and facilities across the country. The primary goal of a school is to create a safe and effective learning environment. A key component to that environment is a properly cleaned and maintained facility.
Creating a Safe, Clean Learning Environment
Beginning the school year is an important and exciting time. New students are being acquainted with their surroundings, returning students are moving ahead on their academic path, and teachers and faculty are preparing for a year of class schedules, curriculum and learning. The environment they all return to needs to be clean, safe and welcoming to achieve
A well-cleaned, disinfected and prepared school environment is also critical for helping reduce and prevent the spread of infectious diseases and viruses. The health of students and faculty is dependent on clean learning environments that prevent infection and cross contamination.
New School Year Cleaning Tips
Before the front doors open at your school, cleaning staff can prepare for the academic season by:
- Deep Cleaning Restrooms and Locker Rooms. Restrooms and locker rooms are hotbed for bacteria and other microorganisms. Toilets, shower facilities, grout and tile, faucet handles and sinks are used frequently. If not properly disinfected, these surfaces can transfer infectious bacteria to students and faculty who use them. Bacteria in these environments can also cause unpleasant odors that reflect negatively on the school environment. Cleaning staff should focus on disinfecting grout lines, toilets and shower surfaces in particular to eliminate urine stains and other grime that odorous and infectious bacteria thrive on.
- Disinfecting High-Touch Surface Areas. Viruses and infectious diseases can be easily transferred at high-touch surfaces. Door handles, desks, pencil sharpeners, hand rails and computer mouses are just a few of the highly used and touched surfaces in a school environment. Regular cleaning and disinfection of these surfaces can help reduce the spread of infection.
- Thoroughly Cleaning Food Preparation and Service Facilities. Infectious diseases can be rapidly spread in foodservice and food preparation facilities. Cafeterias, kitchens and dining facilities need to be kept clean and disinfected daily.
- Disinfect in Addition to Cleaning. Both cleaning and disinfecting are important activities that will keep your school a healthy place. It is important to go beyond cleaning and disinfect, as well. Whereas cleaning removes dirt, grime and stains, disinfection kills bacteria, eliminates viruses and other microorganisms that can spread disease.
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