Most of us remember back to our school days with fond whimsy. Those glorious, carefree days when our greatest worries were too much homework and who to sit with at lunch. Never did we think about our parent’s woes—how to keep us safe from the coughs, sneezes and the stomach flu. Today as it did back then, it all boils down to one thing—school cleaning.
The modern science of school cleaning—ridding the school environment of disease-causing germs and viruses—has come a long way in the last ten years. A first line of defense against getting sick is as simple as washing hands, covering coughs and sneezes, and keeping sick people home. The second line of defense is doing a really great cleaning job.
The three basics in a first-line defense against germs is modern cleaning methods, and that includes cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing, and how important it is, when it comes to school cleaning, to note the difference between the three.
Cleaning gets rid of dirt from surfaces by using soap and a little elbow grease to scrub away germs. Cleaning doesn’t necessarily kill germs, but it lowers their numbers. Disinfectant uses chemicals to kill germs, but doesn’t remove the dirt and grime. Sanitizing is better than both cleaning and disinfecting because it lowers germs, according to public health standards, to safe levels.
When it comes to school cleaning, it’s nearly impossible to sanitize such a large and diverse environment as a school. However, the combination of cleaning and disinfecting comes as close as anything to eliminating germs.
If it’s down to the nitty-gritty when talking about germs, bathrooms, the school cafeteria and student desks are the worst offenders; but believe it or not, the school desk is the biggest offender of them all. Unfortunately, it’s where students spend most of their time. When school cleaning any of these surfaces, scrub first to remove dirt and grime, rinse, and then wipe down with an EPA approved disinfectant. If none are available, use a chlorine bleach solution of one tablespoon of bleach to one quart of water. Allow the solution to stand for three to five minutes, and then rinse with fresh water and wipe dry.
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