Smart cleaning isn’t just about removing soils, it’s about controlling the sources. Entryway mats are a great example. When it comes to locker rooms, a proactive approach controls and contains, so spaces across the school don’t suffer by association. Here’s a few proactive locker room cleaning tips:

From Clean to Dirty

It’s tempting to tackle the big stuff first, but locker rooms should be cleaned in a specific order, starting with the least dirty to the most. Organize the order of cleaning to ensure progression never crosses over previously cleaned areas. And just like home, clean high before low – an efficient process never re-soils cleaned surfaces. Since every locker room is different, special attention must be taken to adjust best practice to the shape of the space.

Flex on Those Microbes

Quality locker room cleaning for schools should use EPA-registered, hospital-grade disinfectants to clean all touch points and floors. Look for EPA-registered disinfectants that leave less residue while still providing the superior cleaning you need for grouted tile and other surfaces. Consider electrostatic disinfection to drastically improve sanitation of crevices and other locker room locations that are hard to reach with other tools.

Address Those Smells

Protein-based soils can build up around floor drains, or on other surfaces, contributing to that infamous mashup of smells locker rooms are famous for. Supplement your cleaning cycle with periodic application of enzyme-based chemicals to break down those proteins before they can build up persistent odors.

Test Your Water

If the water used in your locker room is “hard water” that will make some cleaning solutions inappropriate. Higher concentrations of calcium, iron, and magnesium can require different solutions to achieve deep cleaning efficiently.

Keep Up with Your Students

Locker rooms are high traffic areas. If cleaning doesn’t rise to the frequency of use, that unfairly impacts students using the locker room late in the cleaning cycle. It also increases the amount of soil and particle spread from the locker room to other school spaces. Efficiency in locker room cleaning can instead come from careful attention to the schedule and rigorous training.

Gordon Buntrock is National Director of Service Delivery for education services at ABM and has more than 40 years of experience in the facility services industry. He joined ABM in July 2016.