If you’re part of the clean-up crew at the school, then this time of year has you doing a mad rush to get the school disinfected and back in working order before all the kids return. Schools are huge buildings and without the proper instructions in place, it can seem like a daunting task just to get started. Don’t get overwhelmed just yet, here are a few tips on how you can start knocking away at that cleaning schedule.
1. Start With Sectioning Off the Building
If you divide and conquer, you’ll be setup for success from the start. Divide the school up by room type: classrooms, bathrooms, main activity rooms (library, gym, music, etc.), hallways and stairways, and offices. Depending on the size of the school, you may want to divide these room types up by hallway and floor too so that you’re not cleaning hundreds of toilets in a day – that’ll make for a crappy day, seriously.
2. Keep With One Chore
Remember to start cleaning up high and work your way down to the floor. If you’re dusting, go ahead and make the entire day about dusting, so it’s all done. If you do it this way, then you only need to carry around dusting supplies, no need for all the other cleaning supplies.
3. Know Your Cleaners
Your superiors should inform you of the difference between what cleaners can be used in the different locations throughout the school, but as a quick tip:
All-purpose cleaners are capable of removing most germs and is one of the most common cleaners used.
Sanitizers are often used in higher risk areas, but to be considered safe by most public health codes, they don’t necessarily eliminate all microorganisms.
Disinfectants eliminate almost all forms of microbial life and is the go-to cleaner for high risk areas, such as bathrooms and railings; however, because this cleaner is much more potent, it isn’t used in that many places.
Although a lot of us associate clean with that chemical-cleaner smell, the truth is that “clean” doesn’t have a smell, and around kids, that’s even more important to remember.
4. Cleaning the Kitchen
Okay, we said that sectioning things off may be the best way to tackle that school, but the truth is that the kitchen could be its own section. There’s a lot of cleaning in a commercial kitchen that involves tons of elbow grease, including changing the hood filter, cleaning the oven, cleaning the walk-in, cleaning the other kitchen equipment, and making repairs where needed. Need help with the hood filter part? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with this video.
5. Keep Dust Down
If you’ve gone through and attempted to get rid of all of that dust, you’ll appreciate this tip. Invest in new walk-off dust mats, especially at entrances, to help trap that dirt before it stirs in the air.Shop Cleaning & Janitorial Supplies