Cleaning guidelines in educational establishments


Health and safety is an important aspect of any industry or company – in educational settings, it is particularly important due to the high volume of staff and pupils present day in, day out. Because of this near-constant dense population, cleaning takes on an even greater role than usual, to reduce germs, dust and soil. This can make cleaning in educational establishment more complicated and more difficult than usual, so it’s important that cleaners are aware of the cleaning guidelines and the products required to achieve an acceptable standard of cleanliness.

Classroom, corridor and gym floors

Generally, the floors of classrooms, corridors and gyms suffer light soilage. For daily cleaning, it’s important to use a good floor cleaner and a mop to remove any dirt. For gyms, this is especially important as many schools have their students sit on the floor – it may also be the place in which the children eat their lunch. Extra care should be taken to make sure that cleaning guidelines for the gym are met. For any heavy soilage, use a hard surface cleaner to remove stubborn dirt or heavy grease – again, a mop is usually sufficient.

Bathrooms

Bathrooms are the optimum place for germs to spread. Cleaning guidelines involve disinfectant or anti-bacterial sprays and polishes. Use an anti-bacterial cleaner with a cloth to wipe down sinks, and windows or mirrors should be cleaned with a formula specifically formulated for the glass to avoid streaks. Toilet cleaner is essential to clean toilet bowls and urinals, to kill odours and bacteria and avoid the risk of illness or infection. Leave the cleaner on for a few minutes to ensure a deep clean, and make sure that you only apply the cleaner after the toilet has been flushed. Once the cleaner has been scrubbed around with a toilet brush, the toilet should be flushed again and the toilet brushes rinsed.

Equipment

Cleaning first aid equipment should always involve a disinfectant spray with a clean cloth to prevent cross-infection. Cleaning guidelines include cleaning any surfaces and floors, and any reusable equipment. P.E. equipment should also be cleaned with disinfectant – this equipment can include benches, seats, mats and indoor climbing frames.

Fabric

Cleaning upholstery or carpets also involved some cleaning guidelines. Using an extraction carpet cleaner paired with a vacuum will make quick work of any dirt or dust embedded in the carpet fibres. For any stains on upholstery, apply a stain remover to the affected area and leave for a minute. Then blot away the excess with a cloth or paper towel.

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