How To Keep A School Generally Clean
When it comes to school cleaning, the safety and welfare of the children is top priority. The products that are used must be gentle enough to not have any effects on the children including those with allergies and/or asthma, yet strong enough to be able to kill any germs and bacteria.
Firstly, a classroom is one of the most used rooms in a school. They can be a breeding ground for germs and bacteria, so it’s crucial that it is cleaned properly and thoroughly, otherwise it can cause the children to gain coughs and colds. When thinking about what areas are most used in a classroom, you automatically think of their desks and chairs and doors.
When cleaning a desk, make sure you use a dry cloth to clean the desk first, before using any chemical on it. Before using any products, make sure that they will not cause any harm to children. Read the label of the chemical before using to know how to use it properly and not cause any harm to furniture.
Chairs should also be cleaned properly so they are free of any crumbs that may have been dropped by the children whilst they eat.
The doorknobs of the classrooms also are very important to make sure that they are properly cleaned as a lot of children will touch them in order to open or close the door. If a child sneezes and touches the doorknob, another child could then do the same and catch their germs. Therefore, these should be cleaned every day along with the desks and chairs.
The floors of the classrooms are what will attract all the critters in such as spiders and even rats depending on the area. Crumbs are always around the floor but also muck that comes off the children’s shoes. The floor must be vacuumed keeping in mind some of the important areas that must be checked such as the corners of the room and behind doors and under desks.
Windows in classrooms can sometimes get really dirty with many fingerprints. If windows are dirty, it can stop the classroom from getting as much brightness into it, so it’s always a good idea to clean them with a cloth including any glass panels on the doors to get rid of any fingerprints.
The school bathrooms are one of the dirtiest rooms at the end of the day as children are constantly using them during breaks and lunch times. Disinfectants must be used on the actual toilet itself; the lid, under the lid, the toilet seat, under the toilet seat and around the inside rim of the toilet bowl. This is so no germs, bacteria or leftover urine residue is left for the next day as it could catch another child and cause illnesses. Around the bathroom, notes should be placed on walls to teach the children how to use them properly in order to help them gain less chances of catching any illnesses but also teach them to keep the bathrooms clean, for example not splashing any water on the ground so children don’t fall, and also not to play with the soap as it can be slippery.
Inside the toilet itself, one thing that bothers a lot of schools is the build-up of limescale and how to stop it from building up. There are normally tablets that you would just drop into the toilet and let it stay there overnight, but in a school with children it isn’t very suggestable as it won’t fully degrade within a night, unless it is done on a Friday afternoon after the children have gone. What would help get rid of the limescale is something with an acid base such as Viakal. Otherwise, you can also use distilled malt vinegar, pouring some around the whole bowl and leaving it there overnight will get rid of it. It’s also a good idea to flush all the toilets the morning afterwards because of the smell that may disturb children. If these are not acquirable, you can also use limescale removing toilet cleaners such as Toilet Duck and Harpic. Using the entire bottle over the limescale and leaving it overnight would also do the job. Out of all these, the best suggestion and the one that seems to work the best are Harpic Power Plus Active Tablets. They deep clean the inside of the toilet without you having to do any scrubbing, and remove 100% of limescale. Although these would have to be placed into the toilet every Friday afternoon to be left over the weekend for the best results.
If the school also has a cooking room, that room has to be spent a lot of time on. The general things must be done such as wiping down any tables that and counters to get rid of all crumbs. Insides of microwaves and refrigerators must be cleaned at least once every two days for constantly well-presented equipment. As for the inside of the ovens they should be cleaned at least once a week so that grease doesn’t stain the inside of the oven after being left for too long.