Everything you need to know about cleaning school facilities
The importance of cleanliness in a school center is not only due to the fact that it is a place where many people pass through and where there are many rooms. It is the place where our children spend a large part of the day, spending time with their friends, classmates, teachers and auxiliary staff. Where they play, run, study and, in short, grow and learn to live in society. Therefore, cleanliness is essential to ensure the safety and well-being of students, teachers and school workers.
Who hasn’t received the call from school asking to pick up a child because they have a fever, or simply dropped their child off in the morning and pick them up in the afternoon with a cough, snot, or both at the same time?
A school is a very busy place and, therefore, susceptible to disease. Moreover, many times children go to school sick and in the environment there may be germs and bacteria that can easily spread to others.
Therefore, in addition to cleaning, disinfection plays a decisive role in preventing the spread of any infection.
Cleaning schools is not a simple process and must be done by trained and qualified personnel.
However, keeping the school clean is also the responsibility of the students, teachers and staff. For example:
Personal hygiene. This aspect already affects each student in particular, and it is essential that it is complied with for the correct cleanliness of the school. Hand washing after playground or after physical education class should be mandatory.
No writing on the tables. A practice that is all too common. In terms of the cleanliness of the classroom, it looks very bad when the furniture is painted.
Use the garbage cans. Very important, especially for organic waste, which can attract flies and other insects. Also, it is already known that heat can accentuate the smell of food, so we want to avoid that.
Caring for and respecting the facilities and common elements is the best way to keep them clean and avoid breakdowns.
As we have said, cleaning a school is not something simple, so it is convenient to have a good cleaning and disinfection protocol in schools. Where the appropriate processes, times and chemicals are determined for each element.
School cleanliness: cleaning and disinfection protocol in schools
Preparation for cleaning:
The first and most basic step is to ventilate classrooms, offices and common rooms.
Subsequently, waste is removed from the furniture, such as paper, stuck chewing gum, chalk and eraser residues, and the waste garbage cans are emptied.
The furniture will then be swept and dusted. It is essential so that we do not impregnate the surfaces we clean with the dust that we did not remove previously. Accessible elements will be cleaned daily while walls, baseboards, air conditioners, ceilings, heating devices, etc. will be cleaned daily. They will be done on a weekly basis.
Now we will proceed with the cleaning of all the elements, chairs, tables, shelves, floors. Do not forget to clean and disinfect classroom doors and handles. Corridors and stairways with their respective handrails are equally important.
Thecleanliness of the windows (and their frames) plays an important role in the hygiene of a school, but clean windows also favor the transfer of light. This of course translates into better lighting and a better classroom environment, including energy savings.
Disinfection plays a very important role and organic residues are a key aspect to keep under control whenever cleaning is discussed. We cannot forget the bathrooms, showers and changing rooms. Disinfection is also of utmost importance at these sites.
What products are used in the cleaning of a school?
So far we have talked about the importance of cleaning in schools, and what the process should look like. But which products are the most suitable to ensure good cleaning and disinfection?
To begin with, we must know the materials of the elements to be cleaned and the type of dirt that we can find.
For example, in classrooms, offices and common areas we can use MILUS as a general cleaner, which will allow us to remove pen residues and stubborn stains. To disinfect tables, chairs, door knobs and those elements where germs are more easily deposited, we will use
. We will use a neutral floor cleaner with bio-alcohol such as
which will clean any type of surface, and a glass cleaner such as
. In this way, in addition to cleaning and disinfecting, we will leave a pleasant smell.
Another important area is the bathrooms and changing rooms, where we must be extremely careful and maintain proper cleaning and disinfection. We will use
a chlorinated detergent as a general cleaner for floors, sinks, toilets and showers. Subsequently, we will disinfect with
leaving it to act for 5 minutes before rinsing to ensure complete disinfection. It is important to remember to refill the soap dishes with
dermoprotective soap, and replenish the toilet paper.
We cannot forget the dining rooms and kitchens. For the dining room we will follow the same process as in the bathrooms, cleaning and disinfecting all the elements. For kitchens you can follow our blog tips: Everything you need to know about cleaning an industrial kitchen | Fadein
Another tip is to use microfiber cloths, instead of cloth, to clean particles and surfaces. Mothproofing products, pest baits or air freshener containers should not be used. Why? Because they can attract the attention of children and we already know that the little ones tend to put everything in their mouths. Be careful!
After school cleaning
It is important to collect and clean all the material and products used once the cleaning is finished. Take the waste to the trash area and ensure that no hazardous items are left within the reach of any student.
We hope that our recommendations will help you to know how to clean a school. If you have any questions or suggestions for our next articles, please contact us at [email protected] and we will be happy to hear from you.
FADEIN can help you design the cleaning and disinfection protocol in schools for your center. Call us at 918738702 or visit our website www.fadein.es.