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Cleaning a School to Prevent the Spread of Flu

Prevent the Spread of Flu In Schools

It’s easy to help prevent the Spread of Flu in schools with Monita Janitorial. Airborne and touch-transmitted diseases like the flu spread rapidly in a school environment. Schools can take steps to reduce the transmission of diseases like the flu. Cleaning is not enough; you need to disinfect and sanitize if you want to keep diseases from spreading.

The first thing you need to do is consider school policies. You need to encourage parents to keep their kids home when they are sick. You also need to teach kids to cover coughs and sneezes. In addition, you need to make sure kids have access to hand washing stations, well-stocked washrooms, and hand sanitizers.

Three Levels of Clean For Schools

As a cleaning service, Monita Janitorial supplies three levels of clean.

The first step is cleaning. Cleaning removes dirt and germs from surfaces. Cleaning means using soaps or detergents to get things clean. While cleaning can remove germs, it does not clean all of the germs. However, cleaning is still important because it is easier to sanitize or disinfect a clean surface.

Disinfecting involves using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces. You can disinfect without cleaning a surface. However, if you use disinfecting cleaning products you can clean and disinfect at the same time.

Sanitizing is more about the results than the process. When something is sanitized, the number of germs on the surface are at a “safe” level as decided by some type of public health standard. You can sanitize in different ways, including disinfecting, cleaning, or using something like heat.

In a school, you want to sanitize high-touch surfaces. To do that, we generally use disinfecting cleaners to clean and disinfect at the same time, creating the desired sanitized results.

Schools need daily disinfecting. You want to make sure that to sanitize high-touch surfaces. In a school that means

  • Countertops
  • Desks
  • Light switches
  • Doorknobs
  • Keyboards
  • Tablets
  • Toys
  • Phones
  • Faucets
  • Toilets

In addition, you want to clean any soil, bodily fluids, or food debris.

Sanitize Your Surfaces

During flu season, it is especially important to sanitize high-touch surfaces. While the flu viruses can live up to 48 hours, it is a fragile virus. Standard cleaning practices are enough to kill the flu. In fact, we do not recommend specialized cleaners or fumigators because they can cause irritation.

At Monita Janitorial, we are experts at providing full-service cleaning for schools. Contact us to find out more information and how we can keep your school clean and lower the risk of disease transmission.