Things to consider before cleaning a school

A clean, well-maintained school that promotes a safe working environment is beneficial for pupils and staff alike. From dining areas and corridors, to classrooms, changing rooms and bathrooms, each part of a school requires a specialist approach when it comes to keeping the premises clean and hygienic.

There are a number of things to consider before embarking on a school clean.

Do you have a plan?

Any cleaning company worth its salt will be happy to create a plan for the cleaning services they provide.

A clear, well thought out cleaning plan enables you to prioritise workloads and particular tasks, delegate tasks and keep track of progress. Have you factored in more time for the cleaning of food preparation areas and the deep cleaning of toilets and any changing facilities?

Are the products you use safe for children?

The residue from harsh chemicals can harm sensitive skin and some cleaning products can cause headaches and irritation of the eyes, nose and throat. It is essential that cleaners in schools only use gentle cleaning products, especially in areas that pupils access on a regular basis.

Do you have suitable adapters to ensure efficient vacuum cleaning in all areas?

Dust and dust mites can exacerbate allergies and illnesses such as asthma. Does your vacuum cleaning equipment have a number of attachments to allow you to sufficiently clean a variety of surfaces and materials?

Do you have appropriate equipment for the deep cleaning of carpets and upholstery?

Fabrics and carpets can be difficult to clean efficiently. Steam and extraction cleaners are the most efficient methods of cleaning and sanitising

Are all cleaning staff appropriately vetted?

It is important that everyone who is employed to work in close proximity with children goes through a thorough background check before starting their role. Many cleaning companies outsource their labour, leaving the burden of checks to agencies.

Established, reputable cleaning firms will always employ staff directly and copies of valid checks for all cleaners assigned to your premises should be available on request. All staff employed by Zi Technical Services hold DBS checks and we carry out updated checks on an annual basis.

If you are looking for companies to quote for the deep cleaning of your nursery, playgroup, school or college building this summer, we can help. Contact us today for a no obligation site visit and quotation for a one-off or regular school clean.

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