THE IMPORTANCE OF SCHOOL CLASSROOM AND FURNITURE CLEANING

Whilst Covid-19 lockdown restrictions have lifted and schools, colleges and nurseries have reopened, the pandemic is still with us and we all need to do everything possible to avoid it worsening again. The ongoing threat of Covid-19, in addition to us entering the winter cold and flu season, are huge reasons why professional cleaning is an absolute necessity in this day and age.

Classrooms are, unfortunately, the perfect environment for germs and harmful microbes as they are full of students and staff throughout the course of a day. Coughs, sneezes and sniffles can easily transfer these germs onto desks, chairs and other classroom furniture. Practicing good hand hygiene and wearing face masks have become the norm, but this is not enough to stop germs from spreading.

According to Sarah E Kwan, the lead researcher of a new study in the Journal of Applied Microbiology, school officials should consider more rigorous desk cleaning practices:
“…these desks are a tremendous vehicle for the exposure of one person’s microbiome to another. That might not mean anything if the students are healthy and have a good immune system, but it could have a profound effect on the health of children with compromised immune systems, or if there is some kind of outbreak in the school.”

Even if classroom furniture looks clean, it must be properly wiped down and disinfected daily to reduce the risk of harmful germs spreading. It is not enough to simply wipe down a few surfaces and assume it’s sufficient; cleaning must be done methodically and thoroughly to ensure the highest levels of hygiene standards are achieved.

At High Standard Cleaning Services, our experienced professional cleaners will ensure your school is thoroughly cleaned to the highest standard, giving you the peace of mind that your students and staff are protected as much as possible. By extension, this can also benefit parents, grandparents and other family members at home as there is less risk of a student bringing germs home with them at the end of the school day.

Also important and financially beneficial is the fact that regular, professional cleaning will help to ensure your classroom furniture remains in good condition for longer, reducing the need to replace items before their time.

Our professional cleaners undertake their task systematically—cleaning in the right order is important to avoid cross contamination. All areas are swept, vacuumed, cleaned and sanitised thoroughly. This sanitisation includes not only the tops of surfaces, but desk and chair legs and undersides as well, as these often overlooked areas can also harbour germs. Cleaning cloths are changed with each area; again, to avoid cross contamination.

Our cleaners are trained in how to use all our products to ensure they are used correctly and do not inadvertently cause any damage. In addition, cleaners will:

• Wash hands thoroughly before starting work
• Wear gloves and a mask whilst working
• Vacuum and mop areas accordingly
• Clean and disinfect all surfaces including door handles, windowsills, and other furniture

We have also recently implemented a new service whereby we hot jet wash your plastic school chairs. The chairs are taken outside and jet washed with hot water, the result of which is clean, sterile chairs that are kept looking their best for longer.

This hot jet washing service is provided to you at no extra cost as part of our general cleaning service contract with you.

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