School cleaning tips this summer

July 22nd, 2013 Category: Educational Establishments

The long summer holiday is always a welcome break for school pupils and teachers, but for the cleaning staff, cleaning away remnants of the last academic year and making way for a new start can be quite a task.

School holidays are some of the busiest and most important months when it comes to school cleaning, with the day-to-day building maintenance being put on hold as deep-clean jobs are undertaken and rooms are overhauled ready for the new academic year. To help with the task, we’ve compiled a few tips to get the school turned around in time for the new year.

The best place to start with most large cleaning projects is to devise a plan of duties. It’s important to take care of the the deep cleaning requirements before pupils return, so address the floors, kitchens, bathrooms and storage in the summer months.

Before doing any floor-care work, divide the facility into those floor areas that will be stripped/refinished; those that will only be scrubbed; and those that need only detail cleaning. Cleaning and organising closets is a must as failure to keep on top of storage areas can lead to real hassle during term time, and ensuring that the kitchen is shiny and clean keeps the school in good standing when it comes to inspections.

The summer is also a good time to carry out any maintenance jobs such as replacing light bulbs and addressing tile and grout chores. For most of these tasks it might be appropriate to get in the specialists who can bring with them heavy-duty equipment to apply long-term fixes.

Finally, the holidays are also a good time to address cleaning procedures throughout the year. Providing extra training for cleaning professionals is important, and check that equipment is up to date, even looking into ‘green’ responsibilities by eradicating products which contain a lot of toxins.