Doors and Lights: The Forgotten Germ Factories

Germs on a door handleOne of the most handled pieces in a school are the doors. Every time someone needs to enter or exit a room in the building, they touch the door handle. Hundreds of kids can touch the same door in a single day, making it a potential breeding ground for bacteria. Let’s take a look at the reasons why it is so important to clean the doors in your school.

Germ Factory

Hundreds of hands touching one surface are an invitation for germs to breed. Kids open and close doors many times a day, making it easy for them to pick up the cold and flu germs roaming the school building. If left unclean, doors can contain many different types of bacteria from the handle to the edge of the door frame. It is important to clean them properly and regularly to help stop the spread of germs.

The Tools You Need

Cleaning a door is not hard, but when there are many of them in one building, it can get tedious. The process needs a systematic approach to avoid missing anything when wiping down doorknobs and frames. You’ll need a bottle of disinfectant and a cloth to wipe away the excess. Spray the doorknob and let the disinfectant sit on the surface for a few minutes. When time is up, wipe the knob to remove the dead germs and bacteria. Repeat on every door.

Frequency of Cleanings

Ideally, high traffic doors (like in classrooms and bathrooms) need cleaning every day. Teachers can take matters into their own hands and wipe the doorknobs with cleaning wipes or other disinfectants between classes. This is especially a good idea during peak flu season. A regular disinfection should happen daily, and a deep cleaning session can occur anywhere from once a week to once a month, depending on how dirty it gets.

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