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5 Common Challenges to Cleaning a Classroom

For a school to function at its best, and fully serve the needs of its students, faculty and staff, it must provide a comfortable, healthy environment. Cleanliness plays a key role in creating that environment. That’s why cleaning services for schools are so important.

Keeping a large building clean and organized might feel impossible, especially when hundreds of children inhabit it each day. Our franchised business owners, trained in school cleaning services and protocols, know how to help. That’s why we want to help you solve your biggest school cleanliness challenges.

Why School Cleaning Matters

Neglecting to keep your school clean can result in more illnesses and absences. A longitudinal study published in the journal Nature found that enhanced cleaning protocols led to a “significantly lower level of biocontamination on desktops,” which led to a decrease in reported absences due to gastrointestinal illness. Sickness isn’t the only concern in an unclean environment, however. Poor classroom conditions can result in reduced student performance, higher teacher and staff turnover and poor first impressions with parents.

Shared spaces like desks, furniture and frequently touched areas like door handles and light switches make schools a uniquely challenging environment to maintain. Further, deep cleaning a classroom requires extra attention to detail, and teachers do not have adequate time after lesson planning, teaching and additional classroom duties to ensure proper sanitization of the classroom.

A clean learning environment is a more successful environment, but it takes professional skills to ensure an educational facility stays looking its best. Here are five school cleanliness challenges, and how school cleaning services can help.

1. Keeping Up with Clutter

Classrooms are busy places with so much activity, that it can be hard to stay on top of keeping them clean. It’s too much to expect of a teacher, even if the kids pitch in and help. It requires specialized expertise to achieve a clean that is thorough, consistent, and designed to reduce the spread of illness. By having a classroom cleaned regularly by a professional cleaning company, you can avoid the everyday messes and clutter from growing out of control.

2. Cleaning Classroom Germ Hotspots

Groups of children who play and learn together often pass around bacteria and viruses that can lead to illness. Although germs can lurk on most surfaces, some frequently touched areas may be more likely to harbor them. The cafeteria and locker room are two examples of germ hotspots.  These need to be disinfected often with products designed to properly sanitize each surface. To familiarize yourself with germ hotspots, take the time to compile a school cleaning checklist that lists disinfection tasks and proper tools to ensure a healthy school environment.

3. Taking Care of Dirty Floors

Tile and wood floors throughout a school building present possible hazards for slipping or tripping. Additionally, areas subject to high foot traffic that are not properly cleaned are more likely to sustain scuffs, scratches and permanent damage. The same goes for carpets, which can wear out faster, absorb germs and collect unsightly stains.

Classroom floors should be mopped or vacuumed several times a week, if not daily. In addition, a professional school cleaning service should also be able to provide periodic preventative maintenance cleaning services. These extra services can extend the life of your floors and stretch your school cleaning budget further.

4. Sanitizing Shared Desks 

When students share desks or chairs, they also share germs. If students in your school rotate among classrooms, so that several kids sit at the same desk throughout the day, there’s an increased chance for germs to spread. Thoroughly cleaning desks and chairs with disinfecting products can reduce the chances of illness.

5. Remembering Fabrics and Upholstery

Beanbags, couches and upholstered chairs can create a cozy environment and set the stage for story time or group projects. Unfortunately, these soft surfaces also trap germs and odors. preventative maintenance cleaning services for surfaces like fabrics and upholstery are an excellent addition to everyday general cleaning services that address other areas of concern like classrooms and hallways.

This extra attention to detail is even more important in learning environments with very young children or spaces where snacks are permitted.  By addressing all areas that students touch, a professional cleaning service can offer a cleaner facility from top to bottom.

Creating a Healthy School Environment Starts With Coverall®

School cleaning services require expertise only available from a trusted cleaning company like Coverall. Coverall’s independent Franchise Business Owners are properly trained using our proprietary Core 4® Cleaning Process designed to clean and disinfect based on CDC and AORN guidelines. This Health-Based Cleaning System® sets Coverall apart from traditional janitorial services and results in a cleaner and healthier environment for you, your employees and guests.

In addition to a thorough, consistent clean with each visit, your local Franchise Business Owner can also provide preventative maintenance cleaning and on-demand cleaning services as needed. Get a free school cleaning quote today to see how Coverall can help you combat your cleaning challenges and let your school spirit shine.
Posted: 2/17/2023 12:00:00 AM by Nicole Ivey | with 0 comments