Cleaning and Disinfecting a School for Flu Season

Did you know the flu virus can live on surfaces for up to 24 hours? This makes schools potential breeding grounds for the flu virus. Over the course of a week, it could spread from kid to kid across all classrooms and common areas. With flu season here, it’s important to make sure your school is using proper disinfecting and cleaning procedures to keep the spread of germs to a minimum.

Clean, Disinfect and Sanitize

It is important to cover all your bases, especially when dealing with the flu. The idea is to kill and remove as many germs as possible with a combination of cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing. Just cleaning surfaces will not kill germs and using disinfectants alone will not clean off the dirt and grime. Creating a plan to make sure all surfaces get all three treatments will keep flu germs away from students.

Deep Cleaning

Cleaning surfaces is not enough. The school building also needs regular deep cleaning. Teachers might be able to clean some surfaces during the day, in between activities, but a regular deep cleaning of other areas will improve the health and safety of students and faculty.

Deep cleaning should focus on areas such as:

  • Bathrooms

  • Locker rooms

  • Carpets

  • Floors

  • Windows

  • HVAC units

  • Cafeteria and food areas

By keeping these areas clean, schools can reduce costs of repairs and maintenance. Deep cleanings should happen during times when the school is closed. Cleaners must remove any residue from the chemicals and make sure no fumes are present when the building reopens.

Hiring a professional cleaning company to clean the school building is a good investment, especially during flu season. By keeping staff and students safe, you can save money in the budget and reduce absences during the flu season. Consider calling a professional now, before it’s too late.