While most classrooms are cleaned daily, custodians frequently leave some of the germiest areas untouched. This inefficient approach to school cleaning leaves many germs in classrooms and leaves open the possibility of disease transfer. With a more focused daily classroom cleaning checklist, students and teachers will be less susceptible to illness. Here are the areas your crew might be missing.
- Sinks and Faucets
Your team may wipe out sinks, but that isn't enough. According to research published in the Journal Of School Nursing, objects around sinks, including faucets and towel dispensers, are some of the most contaminated in school settings. Cleaning these areas for health involves removing the bacteria from areas where hands frequently touch. Using a rag runs the risk of cross-contamination, but a Kaivac SmartTowel removes this concern. It's numbered system helps ensure each side is used only once.
Vacuuming rugs to capture accumulated soil is necessary in any classroom, but the technique used determines how successful custodians are at removing dirt and contaminants. Kaivac's KaiTurbine dry vacuum attachment, designed for use with the No-Touch Cleaning System, uses an air-driven beater bar to lift stubborn dirt from carpet. And because it's powered by vacuum airflow, and not electricity, it is especially effective on damp entryway mats.
- Desktop and Surface Cleaning
In the Journal of School Nursing report, desktops were another surface shown to host the most viruses and bacteria. Children in unclean classrooms are more than two times likely to miss class due to an illness, showing how important proper sanitation is in schools. Just like with sinks and faucets, using a cleaning solution and rag is not an effect system for getting desks clean. Kaivac's KaiFly cleaning system uses a motorized sprayer, microfiber trowel and high-quality squeegee to remove harmful contaminants. What's more, it can remove more than 99.9% of those contaminants with just water.
- General Touch Points
Any areas children touch repeatedly are spots where disease can be transferred. Have custodians focus on the handles of water drinking fountains, keyboards, cabinet doors, and other handles in a regular classroom. Each of these touch points could be carrying a virus that passes illness along and keeps children or teachers out of class. Whether a cleaning crew opts for disposable wipes or microfiber towels, make sure that a system is in place to avoid contaminating surfaces with germs from other areas that were cleaned.
Classroom cleaning is a tall order for custodial crews. Use the research available and advanced Kaivac cleaning systems to address the biggest issues for your school system, and check off each point on this classroom cleaning checklist.
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