Your classroom is not only a hub for learning, it can also be an epicenter for germs, viruses and bacteria. In addition to the obvious places like trash cans and restrooms, germs can be found on a number of classroom surfaces and objects you might easily overlook. For this reason, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a consistent classroom cleaning schedule that includes disinfecting to effectively kill germs wherever they’re lurking.
So, what do you need to clean in your classroom? The short answer is everything. While this might seem overwhelming, remember you don’t have to do it alone—there are commercial cleaning companies specializing in school cleaning services that can manage your needs.
However you choose to approach your classroom cleaning, we’ve put together a list of what to clean, when to clean and how to maintain it to help keep you, your staff and students healthy and safe all school-year long.
Daily Classroom Cleaning Checklist
Your classroom should be cleaned and disinfected from top to bottom, but be sure to pay special attention to the following frequently touched items and areas:
- Chairs and stools
- Window sills and blinds
- Door and drawer handles
- Computer keyboards and mice
- Whiteboard markers
- Toilet paper, soap and paper towel dispensers
When it comes to your classroom floors, your cleaning service should vacuum and mop them daily. Similarly, if there is a kitchen area in the classroom, it should be cleaned and disinfected with food-safe solutions every day.
Classroom Cleaning Procedures
To ensure the most effective clean for your classroom, your professional cleaning service should be using powerful products and tools that reduce cross-contamination. Coverall®’s proprietary Core 4® Cleaning Process includes:
- Hospital-grade disinfectants, which kill 99.9% of germs and bacteria.
- Color-coded microfiber cloths, which trap and remove 99% of bacteria and dirt while preventing germ spread.
- No-dip flat mops, which never use dirty water, minimizing cross-contamination.
- HEPA backpack vacuums, which capture 99% of dust and other airborne particles, improving air quality.
The results? Cleaner surfaces, fewer harmful germs and better air quality in your environment.
Classroom Cleaning Schedule
The rapid rate at which germs are transmitted in schools means you’re looking at a classroom cleaning schedule that features both daily and weekly components. The frequently touched areas we mentioned previously, for example, should be wiped down and disinfected daily. Parts of the classroom that experience less traffic can be cleaned weekly.
Floors—whether they’re carpet or a hard surface like linoleum or tile—should be cleaned weekly at least, although daily vacuuming and mopping are preferred. An everyday cleaning program will most likely already include these steps, but you should also incorporate deeper, dedicated floor cleaning into your schedule on a monthly or even quarterly basis. This can help remove stains from carpet or scuffs and scratches from hard floors.
Tips for Cleaning and Disinfecting Classrooms from Coverall
Use the following classroom cleaning tips to help maintain a healthy, germ-free space in between professional services.
- Keep disinfectant wipes on hand so you can wipe down door knobs, drawer handles, desk surfaces and shared supplies immediately.
- Install hand sanitizer around various areas of the classroom, especially those high-traffic spots.
- Minimize germ-prone touchpoints with touchless trash bins, sink faucets and paper towel dispensers.
- Encourage students and staff who are ill to stay home until they feel better.
Professional Commercial Cleaning for Classrooms
What’s the best way to ensure your classroom is as clean as possible? Hire a local, trusted commercial cleaning provider that offers school cleaning services, like Coverall, to get the job done. Our Franchise Business Owners are bonded, insured and highly trained to deliver cleaning and disinfecting that can help lower the risk of faculty, staff and students getting sick from common school-transmitted illnesses like colds and the flu.
Get in touch with Coverall today to learn about our range of offerings—from our Everyday Cleaning Services that include dusting, disinfecting wiping, vacuuming and mopping, to our On-Demand Cleaning Services that can address more immediate cleaning needs. We’ll work with you to prepare a free, custom quote that factors in your school’s unique cleaning considerations as well as your budget, leaving you with a cleaner, healthier and safer space for all.