Step by Step Guide for College and University Cleaning
Cleanliness is a critical component of the health and safety of students and staff. In educational institutes, as it is with most businesses, students and teachers are exposed to various germs, bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms that can cause illness. This exposure is often unavoidable considering how many people pass through a university or college’s doors every day. It is therefore necessary to perform daily cleaning of universities and colleges. It is also an effective and practical way to teach students the importance of a clean environment. Students not only observe but adopt in their future life the things they learn from their schools/colleges/universities so in good institutes maintaining a clean environment is considered an indirect way to teach students the importance of cleaning and hygiene.
Keeping your campus clean is a great way to improve your university’s reputation. Cleaner campuses are more attractive and welcoming, which can help attract new students and increase enrollment rates. Additionally, a clean campus is healthier for students and faculty members alike—students are less likely to get sick when they’re exposed to fewer germs and faculty members have less risk of contracting infections or allergies from dust mites in their offices or classrooms. Cleaner universities also cost less money i.e. regular cleaning costs less than repairing the damage caused by dirt buildup over time (e.g., cracked tiles or damaged paint).
Clean Classrooms and Washrooms Regularly
Classrooms and washrooms should be cleaned daily. Cleanliness is very important to students and teachers, as it is a reflection of the institute. Clean classrooms will help students engage better with their studies, while clean washrooms will improve the health and performance of students. Both indoor and outdoor environments must be kept clean at all times. Cleanliness can also mean good impressions on visitors to your campus. Visitors may think that it is a good institute if they see how well-kept everything is in terms of cleanliness. It is also important that there are different cleaning teams for washrooms and classrooms and both teams are provided with separate cleaning equipment and material kits.
Clean Walkways and Stairs Thoroughly
Walkways and stairs are prime areas for the spread of bacteria, and viruses. It’s important to clean them thoroughly. To prevent dirt from building up on the floor, sweep your walkways with a broom or vacuum cleaner fitted with a small brush attachment. Mop the stairs and walkways. If you have carpeted floors in your building, you may want to use a wet mop instead of sweeping-it will help soil particles lift more easily out of the fibres so they can be removed by vacuuming later on. You should clean the handrails of your stairs with a damp cloth to remove dirt and dust. If there are any gaps between the stair treads, you can fill them with silicone caulk or putty to prevent dirt from getting stuck in there.
Mop the Floors Regularly
Mop the floors regularly. If you have tile or stone floors, use a microfiber mop for the best results. For hardwood and laminated floos, use a dry mop with a soft pad. If you do not have a squeegee, use a towel to dry your floor instead. Also, wash your mops regularly with hot water and soap; this will help to keep them from smelling bad when they’re drying out in between uses.
Empty Trash Bins and Replace Liner Bags
Trash bins should be emptied regularly; this ensures that no one is forced to use an overflowing trash bin, and it also keeps your campus clean. Trash bags should be replaced when they are full and can no longer hold any more trash. When replacing the bag, make sure that you wipe down the bin with a disinfectant so that germs don’t spread from person to person. Trash bins/cans are also a great place to keep hand sanitizers so that students have access to it whenever they need it. It’s important to make sure that you stock up on supplies as needed because running out is not only inconvenient but also potentially dangerous from health perspective.
Disinfection of Surfaces to Eliminate Bacteria
Proper cleaning can help protect you from serious illnesses like flu and coronavirus. Disinfectants are chemicals that are used to clean, sanitize, and deodorize surfaces to eliminate bacteria and viruses that cause illness. The commonly touched surfaces include door handles, flush handles, washroom handles, windows, light switches, change rooms, desks, white or black boards, chairs, monitors, key boards, lift buttons, stair banisters and many more. The cleaning team MUST clean and sanitize these surfaces continuously throughout the day.
Sanitization of Libraries
Libraries are regularly and widely used by students and teachers. Since the usage is high, the requirement of cleaning is also high. When cleaning libraries, it is also important to disinfect everything with sanitizers and disinfectants. Disinfect the walls, shelves, desks, books and bookshelves in your library to ensure a safe study environment.
Deep Cleaning of Cafeteria/Kitchen
Cafeteria is another most important place where students/teachers gather throughout the day. It is therefore mandatory to properly clean and sanitize tables, chairs, counters as well as floors. Also check for trash in the kitchen and dining area and empty it into the designated bins. Look for signs of dust, dirt or grease on kitchen equipment such as stoves, microwaves and refrigerators; clean them according to your school’s guidelines or kitchen equipment cleaning guidelines.
Remove Cobwebs Near Ceiling Corners and Wipe Down Light Fixtures
Remove cobwebs near ceiling corners and wipe down light fixtures. Cobwebs can be difficult to remove because they tend to cling on tightly and aren’t easy to reach. You can either use a vacuum cleaner or a cloth or paper towel to remove them, but make sure you don’t damage anything in the process. If you’re cleaning up cobwebs in non-public areas of your college/university, spraying a good disinfectant on them might also be helpful; this will kill any insects hiding within the webbing. After removing dust from ceilings and walls with a duster or feather duster, use a damp mop (or sponge) to clean floorboards that have accumulated dust over time.
Vacuum Carpets, Area Rugs, Entry Mats and Upholstered Furniture
You should vacuum carpets, area rugs and upholstered furniture every week. Entry mats should be cleaned daily or as needed. Couches and chairs should be cleaned weekly with a disinfectant that contains an antimicrobial agent to kill germs and bacteria. If you have carpets in your institute, make sure that they are vacuumed at least once a week because that will help prevent allergens from building up.
Dust all Surfaces, Bookshelves, Desktops, Lamps, and Blinds
Dust all surfaces, bookshelves, desktops, lamps, furniture and blinds. Dusting can be a tedious task but it is an important one. Make sure to dust every corner of your institute to keep it clean. Dusting can be done with a feather duster for larger spaces such as bookshelves and desktop surfaces whereas for smaller areas such as lamps or furniture use a microfiber cloth that will not only pick up the dust but also polish the surface. If you have wooden blinds, wipe them down with furniture spray cleaner or vinegar so they look shiny again.
Hire a Professional Cleaning Team
If you are looking for a full-service cleaning company that can meet all of your needs, we recommend hiring a professional college or university cleaning team who have the right equipment, like vacuums and mops, as well as materials like cleaning solutions and paper towels to perform the job. These teams have the experience and knowledge to clean anything from lecture halls and auditoriums to dormitories. Professional cleaning companies work in a systematic way and use detailed cleaning checklists based on the type of asset under cleaning. Professional janitors understand safety standards, policies, procedures and other important factors involved in the industry. They are also more likely to have better knowledge and experience to clean your campus than an in-house cleaning team as they know how to clean large facilities like lecture halls and auditoriums as well as smaller areas like dormitories.
A clean campus improves performance of the students. Students perform better in a clean environment and feel more comfortable and relaxed when they can study in an organized space. Students who live on campus are more likely to spend more time studying, which means they will be able to earn higher grades and become a future asset of the country. A clean college or university also makes the institute more attractive for students who might otherwise consider dropping out due to frustration with living conditions. Keeping the campus clean is a great way to improve morale as well. It’s also an important part of keeping students safe from infectious diseases, which can spread quickly in poorly maintained facilities.