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Although it is important to realize that cleaning practices throughout the country may be different depending on staffing, cleaning formulas, enrollment, size of the school and more, there are also a number of similarities. Every school facility needs to be cleaned in its entirety, but there are certain areas that require extra attention.

Tackle these top hotspots and cleaning departments can improve the health of students and staff.

Drinking Fountains — A drinking fountain often contains germs and bacteria that can cause illnesses, or can transmit harmful or highly contagious viruses. Daily cleaning and sanitizing of drinking fountains are vital steps to reduce possible bacteria contamination.

By scheduling daily cleaning and disinfecting procedures, as well as weekly maintenance duties, you can limit the spread of bacteria and maintain a healthy school environment. Ensuring that the drinking fountains are void of bacteria requires consistent cleaning and routine maintenance.

Cafeteria Tables — First and foremost, cleaning teams must educate occupants to wash their hands before and after eating.

There have been many studies conducted about this one. All have consistently indicated that cafeteria tables continue to be one of the most germ and bacteria laden surfaces in schools.

When you think about it, tables are one of the most frequent gathering places for students who can contribute to contamination through sneezing, touching and coughing. If you add in the factor that the tables may not be on a regular cleaning schedule, any food residue that is left behind could harbor bacteria growth.

It is important to allow time for adequate cleaning practices on a routine schedule.

Restrooms — It should be no surprise that restrooms can be one of the most unsanitary places in any facility. All areas of the restroom should be cleaned and sanitized daily, including all the usual trouble spots: handles, door knobs, sinks, faucets and dispensing handles. These are commonly touched and prone to excess moisture, an environment where germs and bacteria thrive.

Restrooms normally start out clean, however, germs and bacteria build up throughout the day. Implementing a routine of frequent cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting throughout the day will minimize the risk to students and staff.

School Buses — You would never think that buses could be the source of a contamination problem, but it is worth exploring. School buses are rarely, if ever, cleaned properly, let alone sanitized and disinfected. Because buses are often missed, they pose a very high risk of spreading viruses and bacteria to students and staff.

The reality is, kids often lick the upholstery and condensation on the windows. When you couple that with the usual coughing, sneezing and touching in a closed space, it is easy to see how school buses are a likely hotspot to spread germs and bacteria. If possible, work with your staff and, at minimum, make an attempt to have a bus cleaning program in place. 

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