Educational establishments from council run schools to privately owned nursery centres need to be kept clean. All areas of a school, university of any educational establishment needs to be free of germs, dirt and any waste at all to guarantee safety for students and staff alike.
Things have come a long way since the days of throwing sawdust down to clean floors and professional contracted cleaners are now used by most educational establishments to ensure the highest levels of hygiene are maintained and all facilities are both spotless and germ-free on a daily basis.
School Cleaning Guidelines
All educational premises need to be kept clean and well ventilated. All educational facilities should have a documented cleaning policy and dedicated rota to ensure all cleaning is completed. Bathroom and toilet areas need to be cleaned as often as is physically possible and this is especially important when bodily fluid contamination has occurred and there is physical waste to deal with. Regular disinfection is essential for keeping the rest of the school’s population safe and there are a wide range of wholesale cleaning chemicals which are designed with the sole purpose of handling bathroom and washroom waste.
It’s been policy for many years that schools should keep their carpeted areas to a minimum because of the germs which could be living in them. Flat and smooth floor and wall surfaces have a low risk of contamination, germ transfer and are much easier to keep clean from a practical perspective.
Where there are carpets then cleaning staff will need to vacuum at least twice a day and professional carpet cleaning machinery should also be utilised as regularly as is needed.
Chemicals and Equipment
From a safety perspective all chemicals need to be stored and handled in 100% accordance with their manufacturer’s guidelines and their related COSHH information. All chemical and product manufacturers should be able to provide these. Similarly, the staff who work with chemicals need to be fully trained in their correct usage. Even if you contract your cleaning services out you need to be aware of COSHH Regulations and ensure everything is kept as per these guidelines to comply with law.
When it comes to equipment all cleaning products should be treated with care. Experts recommend disposable cleaning cloths which are colour-coded for the environment in which they’ll be used making a distinction between toilet, general and kitchen use for example. In instances where non-disposable cloths are chosen then they must be decontaminated after ever use and washing in a 60? or above machine wash. Mop heads too should ideally be removable and washed at the same temperature.
Cleaning staff should be provided with the necessary PPE to work effectively which could mean gloves, masks and protective footwear dependent upon the chemicals in use.
The cleaning of educational establishments is treated with seriousness due to the danger of children and students becoming ill in unclean learning environments and also the risk of slip or trip falls when floors aren’t kept spotless. We’ve come a long way from the days of cleaning floors with sawdust and the range of chemicals and equipment available today guarantees a cleaner, safer educational establishment for all.
Read our article: Supply of cleaning & janitorial supplies to Schools, Colleges and Universities that covers why educational premises are different from other managed premises, how safer products help with a safer environment and the importance of identifying true value-for-money.