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5 benefits of regular college cleaning

Posted on: Friday, March 27th, 2015

The importance of investing in a regular cleaning schedule on college campuses is sometimes overlooked by procurement managers.

However, ensuring that the college is well maintained is not only conducive to productivity, it also increases the likelihood of attracting more students.

Below, we have outlined some of the main benefits of hiring professional cleaners in a college setting.

Productivity

Previous studies have highlighted a link between a clean environment and productivity. Last year, research published by the World Green Building Council revealed that clean offices that are well-designed are more likely to produce a good working atmosphere. 

However, in buildings that were disorganised and badly ventilated, there was an increase in the number of people taking sick leave.

A similar study unveiled by Jeffrey Campbell, Ph.D, chair of the facilities management program at Brigham Young University, showed that the level of cleanliness within a building has a direct impact on how well an individual is able to learn.

The report categorised the different levels of cleanliness, with level one representing orderly spotlessness and level two representing ordinary tidiness.

Casual inattention was categorised as a level three, while level four described 'moderate dinginess'.  Level five was the most severe and represented 'unkempt neglect'.

When a building was rated as a level four or five, the vast majority (88 per cent) of students claimed that the environment hindered their ability to learn.

Similarly, 78 per cent of learners said that their health was impacted by their learning environment. 

These studies clearly show that the cleaner a college building is, the easier it is to work and be productive.

This will undoubtedly help to boost the overall success of a college in terms of performance and is likely to reflect in national league tables and rankings.

Safety considerations

Cleaning is important from a health and safety perspective. If the hallways and rooms within a college is cluttered with rubbish, cables, boxes and other obstacles, it increases the likelihood of accidents and mishaps.

If a serious injury occurs as a result of a disorganised work environment, it can potentially lead to more severe problems, including lawsuits and a loss of productivity and faith in the college.

Leadership

Maintaining a clean college environment sets a good example to students. It encourages learners to take pride in their university or college, which makes them less likely to drop litter and as such they will potentially make a bigger effort to maintain their environment.

Promotes hygiene

Cleanliness is incredibly important when it comes to cutting down on the spread of diseases in the college and means that staff and students are able to enjoy a comfortable learning environment. It also improves hygiene levels and can help to reduce the spread of sickness.

Protecting college infrastructure

Electronic equipment, furnishings and other resources are an important part of college infrastructure. Over time, dust, dirt and rubbish can prevent these things from running efficiently.

Therefore, failing to keep all of these things clean, is likely to cost a lot more money in the long-run, due to damage from various courses.