Schools are well-known for being one of the top places where germs can spread fast, and when you consider its been found that 46% of absenteeism is based on sicknesses picked up from public spaces, it is obvious how important it is to keep a school clean and tidy. This is a lot easier said than done, so with this in mind, we thought we would share some top cleaning tips for schools as they kick off the new term.
It is a given that at any school, large or small, cleaning needs to be kept on top of to not only reduce the spread of the germs but also to maintain the building for long-lasting use. To see if your school is missing a trick, take a look at our top tips for keeping a school looking great this year.
Identify the key areas
Clearly, while the whole school needs to be cleaned regularly, not every area needs as much attention as another. Having a clear cleaning action plan in place, that identifies the requirements and cleaning frequency of each space across the school, will ensure that you are using your budget most-efficiently. There are some obvious areas that require daily sanitisation, including: bathrooms, changing rooms, kitchens and hallways, as they are in constant use and the have the highest propensity to spread germs.
Ensure you have a regular cleaner in place
We know we are bias, but we believe professional cleaning is of the utmost importance, particularly in a school environment. Because children are considered ‘super-spreaders’ of bugs, combined with the high density of the people on the site, having people that are professionally trained, with high standards and equipped with the correct tools, is a must.
For instance, whilst a classic mopping of the floors will help, remember that polishing and sanitising is also required to get the level of cleanliness needed in a public space like a school; especially as bacteria is found to increase by up to 31% each day on surfaces that are not disinfected.
Ensure everyone understands their part in keeping things clean
Having a professional team of cleaners in place will go far in ensuring the cleanliness of your school, you also need to educate the staff and pupils around the importance of maintaining these levels when the cleaners are not there.
As examples, this means that if someone was to get sick in a classroom, a teacher should know how to quickly clean and disinfect the area in order to manage the spread of germs. People who work in the kitchen should be properly trained and know how to thoroughly scrub down areas where food is stored and prepared. Grounds staff need to be keep public spaces clear and hazard free.
Make your floors last longer
It is not just about the health benefits of professional cleaning. Regular cleaning of floors and carpets is also vital to get the most out of your flooring long-term. These take the brunt of the school day and experience heavy use. Hoovering from day to day helps, but a professional carpet and floor cleaning service every few months will help reduce wear and tear, extending the life of those carpets and floors – saving valuable budget.
The importance of clean windows!
Keeping those windows clean is proven to have a positive impact on one’s health. Why? If they are dirty, the volume of natural light getting into the building is reduced and this impacts negatively on people’s overall sense of wellbeing.
Studies undertaken by Northwestern Medicine Neurologist, Phyllis Zee found that, ‘Exposure to light during the day, particularly in the morning, is beneficial to your health via its effects on mood, alertness and metabolism’, so remember to regularly clean your windows too!
If you think your school could be benefit from a better quality of cleaning - get in contact with us and we’ll tailor a package that’s right for you and your budget.