Daycare cleaning procedures
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Daycare Cleaning Procedures

Germs abound in any daycare facility and they attack every imaginable surface! So keeping your daycare clean is a daily battle. Read on to learn more about how clean is defined in these corcumstances and what needs to be cleaned and how often.

Definitions

Let’s begin by defining some cleaning terms:

  • Cleaning – washing with mild detergent and water to remove visible dirt, soil, and debris from surfaces. You cannot effectively sanitize or disinfect unless dirt is removed. Scrub, wash, and rinse each surface before gonig further.
  • Sanitizing – covering the cleaned area with a sanitizing solution such as sanitizer or bleach with EPA registration label and allowing it to naturally dry. Food contact services, dishes and toys that children put in their mouths must be sanitized once cleaned.
  • Disinfecting – covering the cleaned area with a disinfecting solution such as bleach or ammonia.  Allow the area to air dry or follow the manufacturer’s recommendation before wiping it off. Disinfect bathrooms, diapering areas and anywhere bodily fluids have touched.

The aim is to reduce as much as possible the viruses and bacteria to prevent illness from spreading.

Disinfecting And Sanitizing

Regarding large items, once you clean them of soil and dirt, disinfect with a spray bottle of disinfecting or sanitizing solution, wiping the liquid evenly across the surface and allowing it to naturally dry. Unless the manufacturer’s instructions on the disinfectant container say otherwise, do not wipe the area dry; disinfectant works best when allowed to sit without disturbance. By the time the liquid dries most bacteria and viruses are killed.

For dishes and plastic toys, sanitize the items in your dishwasher. A dishwasher can apply water at temperatures higher than your hands can stand as well as use the appropriate sanitizing solution as part of the cycle. Some dishwashers have a sanitize setting that cleans at higher temperatures.

Clothing and linens can be disinfected in the washing machine. Purchase items that can withstand hot water, disinfecting solutions, and repeated laundering without fading.

Areas to Clean

The easiest way to ensure thorough cleaning is to follow a schedule and clean areas in the same order every day. Any surface with visible soil, especially bodily fluids, should be cleaned and disinfected immediately.

Each day clean the entryways including the door handles, light switches, pens and pencils, cubbies, floors, walls, railings, phones, and keyboards.

The diaper changing area must be disinfected between each diaper change. The provider must also wash hands between each diaper change, even when using gloves. Gastrointestinal illnesses caused by rotavirus and norovirus are easily spread and can cause dangerous diarrhea resulting in dehydration.

Wipe play areashelves, play centers, and play surfaces. Some toys can also be wiped clean but smaller, durable toys can be washed in a dishwasher. Washable toys, linens, and bedding should be washing in the washing machine using chlorine or non-chlorinated bleach as appropriate.

In the bathroom, clean the sinks, toilets, floors, rugs, doorknobs, and light switch. Kitchen floors, faucet, refrigerator handles, stools, tables, counters, trash cans, chairs (including high chairs), and bibs must be cleaned.

Other areas that may need additional attention include doorknobs throughout the center, shared keyboards, drinking fountains, faucet handles, toilet levers, toys, and nap mats. Any surface liable to be touched by a child during the course of the day must be cleaned and disinfected or sanitized.

The NAEYC publishes a frequency table with recommendations for cleaning your facility.

Tips on Cleaning Your Daycare Center

  • Immediately clean up any spills.
  • Vacuum daily.
  • Clean the bathroom before opening in the morning.
  • Use a hands-free covered trash can in each room.
  • Keep a container to place items that need to be washed such as toys that have been chewed, paint brushes and trays, and other frequently soiled items.
  • If allowed by state regulations, some types of disinfecting wipes may make cleaning chores easier.

To find disinfecting wipes that meet state licensing requirements, check the label to ensure that Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli O157: H7, Salmonella enterica, Streptococcus pyogenes, Human Coronavirus, and Influenza virus are killed by the disinfectant in question.

Desert Oasis Cleaners Offers Daycare Cleaning in Phoenix

To learn more about Desert Oasis Commercial Cleaner’s classroom cleaning services in Phoenix or Scottsdale, or to get a free school or classroom cleaning service quote, use our contact form to submit a request or call Desert Oasis Commercial Cleaners today at 480-720-0907.

Call the professionals at Desert Oasis Commercial Cleaners who never hesitate to go the extra mile to ensure your classroom looks it’s best for you and your students!

Classroom Cleaning
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Classroom Cleaning Checklist

As a teacher, you do your best to provide a healthy, friendly learning atmosphere for each of your students. This post will explain how to keep your classroom clean and healthy. Download the Classroom Cleaning Checklist PDF

Part of your responsibilities as a teacher includes keeping your classroom clean to lower the risk of bacteria and germs from spreading, especially during cold and flu season. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are a couple of things you can do to stop or at least lower the spreading of illnesses in your classroom. With their tips in mind, we’ve compiled a classroom cleaning checklist to help you keep your classroom tidy, organized and most importantly, healthy for your students.

Tips For An Everyday Clean Classroom

While sometimes it can feel like the work of keeping your classroom fully cleaned and sanitized is never done, there are some quick and simple duties you can do during the day to lower the spreading of germs. Some preventative measures you can take each day to limit your and your students’ exposure to germs include:

  • Wipe down all high-touch surfaces with a combination of sanitizer and cleaner on a regular basis. Some areas can include doorknobs, desks, student school supplies, sinks and more.
  • Keep hand sanitizer, facial tissues and cleaning wipes at the ready for you and your students to use during the day.
  • Make use of no-touch trash cans in your classroom to reduce exposure to germs and bacteria.
  • If you feel sick, stay at home.
  • If a student feels or even looks sick, encourage them to see the school nurse and stay home until they are no longer contagious.

Weekly Classroom Cleaning Checklist

A lot of areas in a classroom can become a breeding ground for germs. Schoolbooks, desks, whiteboards, shared supplies, and even student’s toys can become contaminated in a matter of seconds. To help you keep germs at a minimum, use this classroom cleaning checklist in your classroom at least once a week:

  • ❒Sanitize high-touch areas. Yours and your student’s desks, chairs, door handles and knobs, and all play areas should be the first to be cleaned.
  • ❒Use the proper cleaning wipes for electronics. Computer keyboards, phones and items like iPads and tablets that are used in classrooms need to be regularly cleaned to lower the spreading of germs.
  • ❒Sweep and mop the floors and vacuum the carpets. Carpets and hard surfaces such as linoleum absolutely love germs, particularly in high-traffic areas like classrooms, gyms, and cafeterias. Speak with your school’s janitorial crew to find out they already do this step during their regular cleaning schedule.
  • ❒Throw away any waste in a timely manner. Cloths or towels that are used for cleaning should be washed or thrown away immediately. When emptying trash cans, try not to touch used tissues or other waste that can transmit germs onto your skin. Wash your hands as soon as you’re done disposing of waste to prevent the spreading of pathogens.

Use A Professional Cleaning Service

Taking down small tasks daily and the bigger tasks weekly, helps you can keep your classroom clean, tidy and healthy all school year. If your school needs assistance cleaning classrooms, cafeterias, gymnasiums and other populated areas of your school, call on the professionals to get the job done right.

Desert Oasis Cleaners Offers Classroom Cleaning in Phoenix

To learn more about Desert Oasis Commercial Cleaner’s classroom cleaning services in Phoenix or Scottsdale, or to get a free school or classroom cleaning service quote, use our contact form to submit a request or call Desert Oasis Commercial Cleaners today at 480-720-0907.

Call the professionals at Desert Oasis Commercial Cleaners who never hesitate to go the extra mile to ensure your classroom looks it’s best for you and your students!