The BBC notes that airplane cleaning crews only have a matter of about 40 minutes to clean between domestic flights. When it comes to aircraft cleaning, you probably prefer to leave the deep cleaning for the end of the day, but it's still crucial to remove as much bacteria as possible between flights to keep passengers free from diseases like the cold and flu. Airborne diseases are difficult to control, but those that are spread by touch often live on the communal surfaces in a plane, so you should have a system in place to quickly and thoroughly clean these surfaces between flights. Here's how to make the most of a tight schedule.
One member of your team should start by picking up trash that's been left behind from the previous flight. Begin in the cockpit, where you'll almost always find coffee cups or food wrappers. Then, move through the galley and into the body of the plane. Check all seat pockets, removing trash and replacing in-flight magazines when possible. You should also check for items wedged next to seat cushions or lost underneath rows of seats.
Tidy Up the Floors
Once the large pieces of trash have been removed, a second team member should vacuum the floor from the cockpit to the tail. A backpack vacuum cleaner makes this task much easier, as it allows crew members to move between seats and down aisles without dragging machinery behind them. It's important to make sure the floors are vacuumed all the way up to the walls of the plane, not just in the center aisle.
Wipe Down Surfaces
The hard surfaces in front of and between seats are the ones that direly need to be wiped down. When people sit on a plane for hours at a time, they typically hold the arm rest, touch the fold-down tray table, turn air vent knobs, and push buttons on entertainment systems. CNN notes that table trays and air vents are typically dirtier than the bathrooms.
The most efficient way to clean these objects between flights is to go over surfaces with disposable wipes. Fold and refold the wipes so you use a fresh side on each surface, and discard each wipe when no more clean sections remain.
Deep cleaning the interior of an aircraft cabin typically isn't possible during the day, but it should be done after the last flight lands. In between flights, however, methodical cleaning is the best defense against the germs that can make you and your passengers sick.
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