Everyone knows that children share everything with their friends and classmates, especially germs. Every year colds and the flu make the rounds in our schools and it negatively affects a majority of families in our communities. With dirty fingers and mouths and the propensity to touch everything they see, kids are the ideal germ manufacturers and distributors. In addition, absenteeism from cold and flu and other viruses each year has a measurable negative impact on learning. So how can we cut down on all the negative effects of this ongoing problem? You must look to your professional cleaning service to keep your learning environment healthy and reduce the spread of diseases in your school.
Years of research by the World Cleaning Industry Association reveals a great deal of helpful information to assist professional cleaning services in tackling the very difficult challenge of keeping our schools as germ free as possible and to develop best practices for school cleaning. What they found can be surprising.
Hot spots like door handles, railings and other shared surfaces that see many hands over the school day were too often overlooked by your typical cleaning services.
In a typical elementary school, classrooms were more likely to harbor bacteria and germs than restrooms.
Desks and table surfaces and shared computer equipment was more than twice as dirty as toilets.
Gym mats were some of the worst offenders because they are often cleaned with less than clean mops spreading sweat, germs and bacteria.
Most areas from the dirtiest to the cleanest looked clean and might pass a visual inspection even though they are covered with illness causing bacteria.
The most important lesson for your professional cleaning company is to understand the concept of touch points. Touch points or hotspots are those common areas that hands and fingers regularly touch throughout the day such as door handles, computer stations and stair railings. These are the likeliest places where most diseases are transmitted. These areas need the most consistent attention because quality school cleaning is about more than a visible clean, it must be about student and staff health and illness prevention. The most effective school cleaning cleaning companies understand the science of cleaning and must work diligently to protect the health of your facility through industry best practices. They must fully understand that cleaning removes dirt and grime from surfaces while sanitizing and disinfection reduces the number of organisms down to safer levels. Everyone must have the common goal of keeping students safe, healthy and productive in our school environments to reach our optimum potential.
With budgets being cut annually, Gator Cleaning Solutions understands the challenges administrators face in maintaining their institutions with quality and cost-effectiveness. With a safe and clean environment, students and educators will be able to focus on the important steps of creating our future leaders.