It is known within a school setting that is it the perfect place for bacteria and viruses to flourish as the warm and close quarters of a classroom, and even closer intimacy of friendship groups who play, eat and learn together. This forms the perfect environment for micro-organisms to spread and grow. So it’s said a clean school is a clean mind.
While the common cold is perhaps one of the most transmissible viruses out there, it is a very successful one, in that its hosts (us) don’t really mind being infected by it. Therefore, we carry on our usual activities perhaps suffering a runny nose and a cough, but otherwise basically not too unwell, allowing the virus to spread well.
Therefore, we cannot afford to allow a virus to take hold in a school. In an ideal world, no disease should be able to spread easily through a school community however, it is easier said than done. Esco Refresh can help you try and reduce the transmission to a lower level.
Taking care of Young Lungs
When it comes to keeping your school clean, careful, and thorough cleaning is needed in all cases, however, there are different cleaning needs for high schools compared to primary schools an example would be fewer infants share food and drinks, while not too many high school students suck toys and lick the tables!
Whichever age students, the school has a duty of care to them and must use appropriate cleaning products. Harsh chemicals and industrial-grade cleaning supplies can be harmful when breathed in, can cause headaches, or irritate the eyes and throat. Repeated exposure to harmful chemicals can lead to asthma and other long-term conditions.
What Products to Use?
School cleaning products used should be completely safe for use in all areas. To get rid of germs, ink, or drawings on desks and surfaces it can be too easy to go all in and use harsh, abrasive chemicals such as bleach to ensure surfaces are scoured clean but those chemicals themselves are harmful to health. We are trained in the use of cleaning products and will be able to choose the products that will work effectively in a school, without setting off allergies or causing harm to your school or children.
In all cases, a cleaning plan can be the best idea for a school. Discussions should be undertaken to see where the school’s most used areas are, and have them cleaned thoroughly and often, while less used areas can be left for more periodical cleaning. There is no point in repeatedly cleaning an entirely unused classroom.
As part of this plan on how to keep the school clean, allowance should be made for cleaning equipment and products.
Many spills and dirty marks can be removed instantly, as long as the stain is treated with the appropriate cleaning materials. Often, this is within minutes or even seconds of the spill occurring which means that leaving stains for cleaners to take care of later can mean a permanent stain setting in. There should be an easily safe locked yet accessible cleaning station, packed with school cleaning materials so that these accidental messes can be promptly and safely cleaned up.
Another idea is to encourage the pupils and teachers to help maintain classrooms by cleaning up any accidents that may occur. Encourage the disposal of unwanted food and drink, ensure that there is a doormat at every doorway and try and encourage a sense of pride for the school into the children if you care about a place, you tend to look after it.
There is no reason why your school should not be a safe and clean place for children to learn and adults to work. The spread of disease, as we are learning, is not something we can ever make go away however, with the use of the appropriate and child-friendly cleaning products and a professional cleaning team, you can enjoy peace of mind, knowing that your school is as safe as possible for your students, their parents and your staff.
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