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Your Go-To Guide for Deep Cleaning Schools and Educational Facilities: Essential Items for a Sparkling Summer!

By Robert Winston  •   9 minute read

Your Go-To Guide for Deep Cleaning Schools and Educational Facilities: Essential Items for a Sparkling Summer!

Your Go-To Guide for Deep Cleaning Schools and Educational Facilities: Essential Items for a Sparkling Summer!

With summer break on the horizon, teachers and students alike are eagerly anticipating some well-deserved time to unwind. But while school may be out for summer, the time for cleaning is IN. The empty classrooms and quiet corridors provide the perfect opportunity for deep cleaning schools and educational facilities. 

In this comprehensive guide, we will walk you through the essential items you need to tackle even the toughest cleaning challenges. From disinfectants to floor cleaners, we've got you covered. Plus, we'll provide helpful tips and techniques to make the process efficient and effective.

Maintaining a clean and organized learning space not only improves the overall appearance but also enhances the well-being and productivity of everyone in the facility. Whether you're a dedicated custodial staff member or a teacher looking to spruce up your classroom, this guide will be your go-to resource.

Get ready to roll up your sleeves and get down to business with our ultimate guide to deep cleaning school and educational facilities. A sparkling summer awaits!

Table of contents:

  • Benefits of Deep Cleaning
  • Deep Cleaning Checklist for School and Educational Facilities
  • Essential Cleaning Supplies and Tools
  • Cleaning High-Traffic Areas
  • Deep Cleaning Classrooms and Laboratories
  • Cleaning Common Areas and Restrooms
  • Conclusion
custodial worker pushing janitor cart

Benefits of Deep Cleaning

Deep cleaning offers a myriad of benefits for schools and educational facilities that goes far beyond aesthetics. Let's take a closer look at some of these benefits:

  1. Improved Health and Safety: Deep cleaning helps eliminate germs, bacteria, and allergens that can cause illnesses and allergic reactions. By maintaining a clean environment, schools can reduce absenteeism and create a healthier space for students and staff.
  2. Enhanced Indoor Air Quality: Deep cleaning removes dust, mold, and other pollutants, improving the indoor air quality. Clean air promotes better concentration, reduces respiratory problems, and creates a more pleasant environment for learning.
  3. Extended Lifespan of Facilities: Regular deep cleaning helps protect and preserve the school's facilities, including furniture, carpets, and flooring. By removing dirt and grime, schools can extend the lifespan of their assets, saving money in the long run.
  4. Enhanced Aesthetics: Deep cleaning leaves facilities looking fresh, bright, and inviting. Students and staff feel a sense of pride in their surroundings, leading to increased motivation and a more positive learning experience.
  5. Reduced Maintenance Costs: By regularly deep cleaning, schools can prevent the buildup of dirt and grime that can cause damage to surfaces and equipment. This reduces the need for costly repairs and replacements, saving the school money in the long term.
  6. Compliance with Health and Safety Regulations: Deep cleaning helps schools meet health and safety regulations, ensuring a safe and compliant learning environment for all. This is especially important for educational facilities that receive inspections from regulatory bodies.

Deep cleaning offers numerous benefits that go beyond cleanliness. It contributes to the overall well-being and success of the educational institution, creating a positive and conducive environment for learning.

teacher with small group of students participating in a classroom

Deep Cleaning Checklist for School and Educational Facilities

Before diving into the deep cleaning process, it's essential to have a checklist to ensure that no area or task is overlooked. As you move from room to room, take note of any items that need repairs or replacements. Here's a comprehensive checklist to guide you through the deep cleaning process:

  1. Entrances and Reception Areas: Start by cleaning and sanitizing entrance doors, windows (inside and out), and floors. Pay attention to high-touch areas like doorknobs, light switches, and handrails.
  2. Classrooms and Laboratories: Clean all surfaces, including desks (inside and outside), chairs, and whiteboards. Disinfect frequently touched objects such as computer keyboards, mice, and laboratory equipment. Vacuum carpets and mop hard floors.
  3. Hallways and Corridors: Dust and wipe down walls, windowsills, lockers (inside and out), and handrails. Vacuum carpets and mop hard floors, paying attention to corners and edges.
  4. Restrooms: Thoroughly clean and sanitize toilets, sinks, countertops, and mirrors. Refill soap dispensers and stock up on toilet paper and paper towels. Clean and disinfect floors.
  5. Libraries and Study Areas: Dust and wipe down bookshelves, tables, and chairs. Vacuum carpets and mop hard floors. Pay special attention to computer keyboards and mice.
  6. Gymnasiums and Sports Facilities: Clean and disinfect exercise equipment, mats, and locker rooms. Sweep and mop floors. 
  7. Cafeterias and Lunchrooms: Clean and disinfect tables, chairs, and food preparation areas. Sweep and mop floors. Empty and clean trash bins.
  8. Office Spaces: Dust and wipe down desks, chairs, and shelves. Clean computer screens and keyboards. Vacuum carpets and mop hard floors.
  9. Windows and Blinds: Clean windows inside and out, removing any dirt, pollen, bird droppings, or smudges. Clean windows ensure proper sanitation standards and allows them to bring in the most daylight possible. Dust and wipe down blinds.
  10. Outdoor Areas: Remove litter and debris from outdoor spaces, including playgrounds and sports fields. Clean and sanitize picnic tables and benches.

By following this checklist, you can ensure that every area of your school or educational facility receives the attention it needs during the deep cleaning process. Remember to modify the checklist based on the specific needs and layout of your facility.

school faculty members cleaning a classroom

Essential Cleaning Supplies and Tools

To achieve a thorough and effective deep clean, it's important to have the right cleaning supplies and tools on hand. Here are some essential items you'll need:

  1. Disinfectants: Choose disinfectants that are effective against a wide range of pathogens, including viruses, bacteria, and fungi. Look for products that are approved by relevant health authorities and follow the instructions for proper use.
  2. All-Purpose Cleaners: Have all-purpose cleaners for general cleaning tasks. These cleaners are versatile and can be used on a variety of surfaces, including countertops, desks, and walls.
  3. Microfiber Cloths: Microfiber cloths are highly effective in capturing and removing dust, dirt, and bacteria. They are reusable and can be laundered for future use.
  4. Mops and Buckets: Invest in quality mops and buckets for floor cleaning. Look for mops with replaceable heads and adjustable handles for easy maneuverability.
  5. Vacuum Cleaners: Choose vacuum cleaners with HEPA filters to effectively remove dust, allergens, and other pollutants from carpets and floors. Make sure to regularly clean and maintain the vacuum cleaner to ensure optimal performance.
  6. Brooms and Dustpans: Have brooms and dustpans for sweeping floors and removing debris. Consider using brooms with soft bristles to prevent scratching or damaging delicate surfaces.
  7. Gloves and Protective Gear: Ensure that custodial staff have access to gloves and other personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect themselves from harmful chemicals and pathogens.
  8. Trash Bags and Bins: Have an ample supply of trash bags in different sizes to accommodate the various waste disposal needs within the facility. Place bins in strategic locations to encourage proper waste disposal.
  9. Spray Bottles and Trigger Sprayers: Use spray bottles and trigger sprayers for applying cleaning solutions and disinfectants. Make sure to label the bottles appropriately to avoid confusion.
  10. Safety Signage: Display safety signage to indicate areas where cleaning is in progress or caution is required. This helps ensure the safety of students, staff, and visitors during the deep cleaning process.

Having these essential cleaning supplies and tools readily available will make the deep cleaning process more efficient and effective. Regularly check your inventory and restock as needed to avoid running out of critical items.

assortment of cleaning supplies including a broom, dust pan, scrubbers, microfiber cloth, and various cleaning solutions laying out on tile floor

Cleaning High-Traffic Areas

High-traffic areas in schools and educational facilities require extra attention during the deep cleaning process. These areas experience heavy foot traffic and are more prone to dirt, stains, and wear and tear. Here's how you can effectively clean high-traffic areas:

  1. Floors: The incessant foot traffic throughout the year takes its toll on flooring, gradually embedding dirt, salt, and various sediments. Prioritize floor cleaning tasks like carpet cleaning, floor stripping, waxing, refinishing, and scrubbing to uphold flooring integrity and combat accumulated grime. Summer is the optimal time of year for laborious and time-consuming floor maintenance jobs. 
  2. Entrances and Reception Areas: Clean and disinfect entrance doors, windows, and floors. Pay special attention to high-touch areas such as doorknobs, light switches, and handrails. Remove scuff marks from walls and floors using appropriate cleaning solutions.
  3. Restrooms: Thoroughly clean and sanitize all surfaces, including toilets, sinks, countertops, and mirrors. Pay attention to high-touch areas like door handles and faucets. Refill soap dispensers and stock up on toilet paper and paper towels. Clean and disinfect floors, ensuring proper drainage.
  4. Cafeterias and Lunchrooms: Clean and disinfect tables, chairs, and food preparation areas. Pay attention to spills and stains, ensuring they are properly cleaned and sanitized. Sweep and mop floors, removing any food debris.
  5. Gymnasiums and Sports Facilities: Clean and disinfect exercise equipment, mats, and locker rooms. Pay attention to high-touch areas like door handles and light switches. Sweep and mop floors, removing any dirt or debris.

By giving extra attention to these high-traffic areas, you can maintain a clean and presentable environment for students, staff, and visitors. Regularly monitor these areas and address any cleaning needs promptly to prevent the buildup of dirt and damage.

gymnasium floor being cleaned by a custodial worker

Deep Cleaning Classrooms and Laboratories

Classrooms and laboratories are key learning spaces that require thorough cleaning to provide a safe and healthy environment for students. Here are some steps to deep clean classrooms and laboratories:

  1. Remove Clutter: Start by removing any unnecessary items, such as old papers, broken supplies, and outdated materials. Decluttering creates a more organized and spacious environment for effective cleaning.
  2. Dust Surfaces: Use microfiber cloths to dust all surfaces, including desks, chairs, shelves, and whiteboards. Pay attention to hard-to-reach areas and corners. Consider using a dusting spray to enhance the effectiveness of dust removal.
  3. Clean Whiteboards: Erase whiteboards using an appropriate eraser or cloth. For stubborn stains, use a whiteboard cleaner or a mixture of vinegar and water. Wipe down the entire surface, ensuring a clean and clear writing area.
  4. Disinfect Frequently Touched Objects: Disinfect frequently touched objects such as computer keyboards, mice, and laboratory equipment. Use disinfectant wipes or a suitable disinfectant spray. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for proper use and contact time.
  5. Vacuum Carpets and Mop Hard Floors: Vacuum carpets thoroughly, paying attention to areas near desks and furniture. Use a carpet cleaner or spot remover for any stains. For hard floors, sweep or dust mop to remove dirt, then mop using a suitable floor cleaner.
  6. Clean Windows and Window Sills: Clean windows inside and out, removing any dirt or smudges. Wipe down window sills and ledges, paying attention to dust buildup.
  7. Empty and Clean Trash Bins: Empty all trash bins and replace them with new trash bags. Clean the bins using a suitable disinfectant or cleaning solution to remove any odors or stains.
  8. Inspect and Replace Lighting: Check the condition of lighting fixtures and replace any burnt-out bulbs. Proper lighting is essential for a conducive learning environment.

By following these steps, you can ensure that classrooms and laboratories are clean, organized, and ready for the next academic year. Regular maintenance and cleaning throughout the year can help minimize the deep cleaning required at the end of the school year.

clean school hallway with blue lockers and clean tile floor

 

Conclusion

As the school year draws to a close, it's the perfect time to give your educational facility a deep cleaning to ensure a healthy and refreshing environment for students and staff. Our comprehensive guide provides you with essential items, helpful tips, and techniques to tackle even the toughest cleaning challenges efficiently and effectively. 

WIM is your ultimate partner in maintaining clean and safe spaces! We understand that cleanliness and maintenance are vital for professionalism, safety, and well-being. That's why we offer an extensive range of top-quality products and equipment from reputable brands. But we're more than just a supplier; we're your dedicated partner in success.

At WIM, we believe that every customer and business is unique. That's why we provide unparalleled customer service, offering individually tailored solutions and vendor-managed inventory services to simplify your maintenance needs. With WIM, you can trust that your space is in good hands.

Get ready to roll up your sleeves and get down to business – a sparkling summer awaits!

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