The Importance Of Clean Floors In Educational Institutions After Covid 19

A cleaning programme that reduces the risk of exposure to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, will become of paramount importance to administrators at educational institutions as they consider how to protect the health, safety, and wellbeing of students, teachers, other school staff, families, and communities, now that schools and universities are reopening and when one bears in mind that today there are more than 2.38 million students at educational faculties in the United Kingdom. The focus will be on administrators keeping facilities clean, safe, and healthy as well as balancing this task with the desire from a growing number of schools opting to participate in “greener” practices that benefit pupils, students, budgets, and the  environment. Can it be done? In this article we seek how this task of balancing these seemingly contradictory objectives can be achieved.

Why is floor cleaning important?

Few public environments are more challenging to clean than a school, where pupils  are close to one another and touch things constantly.

Clean floors not only look good but improve the safety of anyone who enters the premises. If the floors are not properly maintained, dirt, and grime can become a tripping hazard and provide a dangerous lack of hygiene.

The rigid schedule and constant foot traffic in schools makes daily floor care difficult, but all the more necessary. Completing the routine cleaning in an effective, efficient manner each day is a challenge amid the chaos of situations like breaktimes and cafeteria clean-up. To minimise the risk of COVID 19 strict cleaning protocols will need to be adhered to.

How to maintain clean floors in educational establishments?

A combination of using the right equipment, the right cleaning agent at the right moment with adherence to a strict cleaning protocol are the essential perquisites to maintain clean floors.

For wet cleaning of hard and resilient floor surfaces scrubbing machines are used in additional to manual cleaning equipment. Traditional damp mopping remains the most common way of manually cleaning many types of floors.

Yet mechanical scrubbing  machines and in particular robot based scrubbing machines are becoming much more widely used. Why? Such machines can wet scrub in one step and absorb the  dirt suspended in solution. In this way work is carried out both hygienically and efficiently.

The advantage of mechanical cleaning over manual cleaning is that germs, which are  absorbed by dirty water, are permanently removed and cannot accumulate as in a cloth used when cleaning a floor manually. This benefit  minimises the risk of recontamination.

The risk of contamination via contact through hands is also reduced by contact-free cleaning. The use of cleaning machines also increases efficiency. Thanks to the higher area output, a larger area can be cleaned in a shorter time.

A further advantage is that the cleaning agent can be added precisely in the correct quantity thanks to dosing systems in scrubbing machines.

The  selection of the right floor cleaning agent goes hand in hand with the mode of floor cleaning to ensure that floors in educational establishments are carried out hygienically and efficiently.

Let’s not dwell on the subject of floor cleaning agents, as there is a cornucopia of literature on this subject, other than to mention two points of interest. First it is recommended to change between acidic and alkaline foam cleaning products, so that microorganisms cannot adapt and do not develop resistances.

Secondly the company Blue Earth Clean Limited, a manufacturer of innovative and eco-friendly water soluble cleaning and washing strips, commonly referred to as leaves, for the laundry and cleaning markets, has introduced a range of products under the brand name Blue Earth Clean Profi,  specifically for the professional  and institutional sectors. Cleaning solutions in concentrated form are supplied, not in liquid, powder, or capsule form but in an innovative water soluble cleaning strip form. Cleaning leaves offer cleaners the benefits of using cleaning agents that are light to carry, of freeing scarce storage space and of being free from overdosing or spillage issues. The range includes products for manual cleaning, for mechanical cleaning with differing tank capacities as well as alkaline based floor cleaners and neutral based floor cleaners. As part of its DNA to participate in “greener” practices  all of the products are packed in plastic free packaging. For more information on the products please contact the company.

Last but least in importance a plan for keeping floors clean and hygienic must be designed to show in detail, what, when, with what and by whom the floor in question is to be cleaned.

Few public environments are more challenging to clean and disinfect than a school, where children are close to one another and touch things constantly.