Another challenging academic year has come to an end, but while children have the summer off, the work at schools doesn’t stop. In fact, the holidays are the perfect time to perform a deep clean, helping to keep pupils and staff healthy during term time.
Although educational facilities have been running with enhanced cleaning, hygiene and infection control measures over the past year, an intensive clean is still essential during the summer break. It not only gives professional cleaning staff a chance to tackle the tougher, more time-consuming jobs, but also enables them to do this whilst there is less traffic and without the worry of disrupting classrooms.
Before embarking on a deep clean, make a checklist of everything that needs to be cleaned and schedule these tasks accordingly amongst team members and the time available. Continue reading for the top three germ hotspots which should not be missed, so that come September, pupils, students, and staff will return to a healthy learning environment.
Hotspot #1 – Floors and carpets
An annual deep clean of floors in school settings is necessary to remove the dirt and grime that has built up over a year. Unlike other public buildings, schools tend to have a combination of both hard floors and carpeted areas. What’s more, they are exposed to an array of different pollutants on a daily basis – mud, dirt, dust, paint, glitter, crumbs and much more!
Carpets can easily trap debris within them, so should be thoroughly cleaned with a powerful shampoo. Hard floors are easier to maintain with a regular cleaning schedule, however, now is an excellent time to give school assembly halls or gyms a little extra TLC to protect their quality. For example, without the footfall of children and teachers, floors can be treated with a high-quality sealer, or stripped and re-sealed.
Hotspot #2 – Washrooms
All areas of the washrooms should be thoroughly sanitised, from the toilets themselves, soap dispensers, mirrors, basins, walls, and cubicle doors. Now is also a good time to check for any repairs and fix or replace any broken equipment.
Good hand hygiene will continue to be important next term, so consider enhancing your hand washing facilities with a range that encourages hygienic behaviour, like our innovative Jangronauts range. Designed to make using dispenser units fun, familiar and second-nature for younger children, this range features four hand washing heroes and engaging messaging, plus a huge collection of resources, from posters to colouring activities, to help children learn how to wash their hands effectively.
Hotspot #3 – All surfaces
All walls, surfaces, and equipment in the building should be thoroughly cleaned with a Jangro Professional Antiviral Disinfectant, a powerful multi-purpose bactericidal ready-to-use cleaner and sanitiser, whose antimicrobial efficacy has passed standards EN14476, EN1276, and EN13697, proving it kills 99.99% of germs and viruses. Pay particular attention to high touchpoints in the building such as desks, the back of chairs and door handles, which can all harbour germs. Stubborn stains, like graffiti and pen marks can be tackled with the help of Jangro Erase All Sponges
Windows may also be just as dirty on the inside as they are on the outside, since they have been pushed open for most of the school year to allow ventilation. Clean them from top to bottom, using a squeegee to finish it off for a sparkling, streak-free finish.
For more information and advice about deep cleaning in schools, check out our ‘Deep Clean Product Guide for Education’ or call our friendly distributors on 01204 795 955 or visit Jangro.net / jangronauts.co.uk.