Implement New Cleanliness Standards and Procedures on Campus During the Summer Break
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
In June, most staff and faculty will bid farewell to students for the better part of the summer. While buildings are less occupied, there is a perfect opportunity to create new procedures and establish improved cleanliness standards for campus buildings and common areas.
Depending on the size of the school, hundreds, thousands or even tens of thousands of people utilize the campus buildings every day, impacting the spaces with daily wear and tear as well as potential transmission of illness. The list of areas on any school campus that need daily cleaning is long: classrooms, administrative areas, cafeterias, dormitories, gymnasiums, among many others. Keeping all these different areas clean while also managing a growing student population or changes in the way buildings are used can be daunting. It helps to reevaluate the established cleaning procedures periodically (particularly when the buildings are used by fewer people) to ensure they are up to the administration’s standards and continue to keep the students, staff and faculty healthy.
Considerations for updating your cleaning procedures may include:
• Switching to green cleaning products. There are a lot of options now for using cleaners that are less harmful to the environment—products that do an equally good a job as the standard options. If students or the administration is interested in adopting environmental practices in the coming year, this could be one area to make that shift. Our sales team is happy to help you maintain your cleanliness standards while making the switch to a “green” janitorial program.
• Increasing the frequency of cleaning particular areas of campus. If there has been a surge in enrollment it may be time to update the cleaning schedule. With more people coming through the campus buildings, using the facilities more regularly and putting a higher demand on cafeteria staff, the janitorial staff will no doubt see more mess more often. Work with the staff to determine the right cleaning schedule to keep all common areas neat and food prep areas sterilized for the health and safety of everyone using the campus.
• There has been a change in your janitorial staff or you’ve contracted with a new cleaning company. With a major staff change or a new service company joining the ranks, there may need to be new training procedures in place to ensure your standards are met. Make sure there are clear guidelines for what you expect, a schedule that includes checking the work regularly and that the products being used meet your standards.
Other considerations when reviewing your janitorial procedures for potential updates include making sure all the basics are covered, including:
• Maintaining a cost-effective ordering schedule
• Proper storage of cleaning equipment and supplies
• Regularly vacuuming, sweeping or mopping all floors
• Maintaining a schedule for cleaning all surfaces including walls, baseboards and windows
• Ensuring consistent supply of toiletries in public and dormitory restrooms
• Establishing higher standards of cleanliness for areas of food preparation
• Proper use of disinfectants in restrooms
• Maintenance of floor drains
Whatever your plans are for the quiet months of summer, be sure to evaluate your cleaning routines before the rush of students returns in the fall. Once the new school year starts it will be much more difficult to create new routines.
Our professional sales team is ready to help you find new solutions that match your cleanliness standards. Give us a call to discuss all the options.
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