The waiting room of a pediatrician's office can be a breeding ground for germs. As sick children wait to see the doctor, they often play with toys or read books that the office provides to keep them occupied. In high-traffic waiting rooms, these objects are touched and played with by many different kids throughout the day. As such, these toys and books quickly become germ infested and serve as an outlet to transfer bacteria from one child to the next. By using the correct cleaning methods and tools, you can make your doctor's office cleaning job easier and more effective.
You can help to lower the risk of cross-contamination by being selective about the types of toys you keep in your waiting room. Stuffed animals and other objects that can't be easily cleaned are likely to harvest more germs than toys you can easily wipe down at the end of the day. You should invest in board books with slick pages and toys with smooth, hard surfaces made of plastic that won't react negatively to cleaning products.
As most of the toys in your waiting room will get played with on an everyday basis, your cleaning team should clean your entire collection of toys every night. You should instruct custodians to fill a large bucket or sink with cleaning solution and allow the toys to soak for at least 10 minutes. Then, they should stir the mixture every couple of minutes to make sure all sides of the toys get covered. Afterward, your cleaning team should drain the bucket or sink, rinse the toys thoroughly in water, and allow them to air dry. In the morning, the custodians should wipe down the toy box and refill it with the cleaned toys. Toys that can't be completely submerged in water, such as board books or puzzles, can be cleaned with disposable wipes.
Every night, your custodial team should also wipe down all of the surfaces in your waiting room with cleaning solution. Traditional cleaning methods using buckets and rags can actually spread germs around and lead to dangerous cross-contamination. As such, if your team is going to use a cloth to clean furniture and other surfaces, you should ensure that they use the eight-fold system. This system calls for the cloth to be folded in half twice, which will make a smaller square. Once custodians clean a surface with one side of the cloth, they should turn the cloth over and wipe the next surface with an unused section of the cloth, and so on. By folding the cloth in different ways, your cleaning teams can ensure that they use a fresh surface to wipe down each separate piece of furniture.
This process can be even easier if your team uses a numbered microfiber towel, which helps you keep track of which portion of the cloth to use next. These types of towels can help lower the risk of cross-contamination when custodians are cleaning multiple surfaces.
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