Primary schools, secondary schools, private schools, and colleges all have a part to play in preventing infection and the spread of COVID-19. In the coronavirus era, educational establishments need to take extra steps to ensure students and teachers stay safe. One of the most effective tools that will reduce the risk of infection is regular school cleaning to professional standards.
While some spot cleaning may fall under the responsibility of a teacher or caretaker, coronavirus decontamination requires advanced cleaning techniques carried out by highly trained operatives. These trained technicians take the necessary precautions to ensure a safe environment before and after removing germs, bacteria, and viruses.
The Additional Cleaning Needed
One of the most significant concerns of spreading infections like COVID-19 is through contaminated surfaces. An infected pupil might touch their eyes, nose, or mouth, then touch an object such as a light switch, which leaves a trace of the virus waiting for another student to pick it up. This is why school cleaning should focus on surface cleaning.
School cleaning is broadly covered by three techniques; cleaning, disinfecting, and fogging.
Cleaning removes dirt from surfaces, which lowers the number of viruses on the object, but it does not necessarily kill them. This level of school cleaning can help reduce risks but does not eliminate them.
Disinfecting, using wipes or sprays can kill the virus on regularly touched surfaces such as light switches, doorknobs, desktops, taps, and sinks.
Disinfection fogging goes one step further. A trained technician wearing full protective clothing uses vetted and effective chemicals, mixed to exact proportions, to kill the virus without causing a health risk afterwards. The solution is sprayed over all surfaces, including floors, curtains, and furniture. As the mist falls from the air, it clings to all surfaces, eliminating bacteria and viruses from door handles, lockers, and places where manual wiping would not be possible. The process does not damage classroom electronics, such as computers or keyboards.
Cleaning and disinfecting should be carried out on a regular set schedule. Fogging can be utilised on a set schedule or following confirmed or symptomatic cases. Toilets fall under the banner of frequently touched surfaces, so school cleaning of these items should occur five times a day; before school starts, after morning, lunch, and afternoon breaks, and at the end of the day.
A Thorough Cleaning Service You Can Trust
Ratcliffe Cleaning is a professional cleaning contractor with more than 25 years of experience. Looking after school cleaning in Cannock and the West Midlands, our team is ready to back up your existing measures, such as hand washing, social distancing, staying home when sick, and discouraging the sharing of objects wherever possible.
For advice on coronavirus school cleaning, please contact our team on 0800 086 9215 or send an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.