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Back to School Cleaning Tips

Posted by ServiceMaster | September 14th, 2022 | Categories : School Cleaning

As the summer is coming to an end, students and their parents are preparing to go back to school. While returning to school is a standard practice each year, it has become a bit different and challenging in the last few years. It’s extra important that school management keep their educational facility cleaning process up-to-date and routine.

No one wants to have their child come home from school sick. Not only will this pollute the air and environment at your school, but it can also harm the reputation of your educational institution. The janitorial experts at ServiceMaster Twin Cities shared some helpful back-to-school cleaning tips to keep you safe all year long:

Ensure Adequate Ventilation

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends proper ventilation to minimize the airborne COVID-19 viruses and bacteria in the school and classroom. The CDC also recommends a complete air change in a classroom at least 6 times a day, which is why adequate ventilation is essential in each room of your school. Here are some ways that you can enhance ventilation:

  • Open your school windows by 6 inches or more for air to pass through properly.
  • Add a box fan to each classroom’s window; a 20-inch box can do well for 30 feet by 30 feet.
  • Ensure the exhaust fans in classrooms, washrooms, kitchen, and other school rooms are working correctly and are never out of order.
  • Use portable air purifiers in each room of the school.
  • Keep checking that your HVAC systems are maintaining the required temperature, their filters are clean, they are clear of overgrowth and debris, and they work efficiently.

Ensure Routine Check-ups of your Janitorial Staff

Regardless of whether you have an internal janitorial staff or hire a commercial cleaning company, it’s crucial that ill employees don’t come to work, since they can spread germs and infections within your school.

Disinfect High-touch Items in Classrooms

High-touch items like desks, chairs, whiteboards, doors, and tabletops should all be cleaned regularly. Those high-touch items can hold onto germs and bacteria and quickly spread throughout the school.

Disinfect High Contact Areas

Places where there is a high concentration of people, such as restrooms, gyms, cafeterias, kitchens, and locker rooms, are more likely to attract germs. Ensure proper disinfection and cleaning happens in those common spaces.

Use Effective Cleaning Products

Improper use of cleaning products can lead to allergies or even injury. Make sure you are utilizing effective cleaning products that serve their purpose without causing harm. Highly scented cleaning products can easily irritate staff and student allergies, so it’s best to stay away.

Hire Professional Janitorial Staff

Bringing in professionals for cleaning means a job well done. Cleaning your educational facility properly is best done by professional janitorial staff because they are trained in disinfection and cleaning. It is their job to understand what is harmful and what is beneficial when dealing with bacteria and viruses.

Back-to-school cleaning is not as straightforward as it used to be, there are many more precautions involved now. If you need help cleaning and disinfecting your school, contact ServiceMaster Twin Cities. We are ready to help!

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