Disinfecting and cleaning are important steps to prevent infectious diseases in schools. While hand washing, getting vaccines, covering sneezes and coughs and keeping sick people away from healthy people are excellent methods for preventing the spread of the flu virus, cleaning and disinfecting are essential lines of defense. Follow these tips and choose the right cleaning supplies in Detroit to stop the virus from spreading throughout your school.
1. Understand the difference between sanitizing, disinfecting and cleaning.
Cleaning removes germs, impurities and dirt from objects and surfaces. It works by using detergent or soap and water to physically remove these contaminants from surfaces, but it doesn’t necessarily kill germs. It is still important for stopping the spread of infection though because it lowers the number of germs on a surface.
Disinfecting kills germs on objects and surfaces, and sanitizing lowers the number of germs on a surface to a safe level as determined by public health requirements or standards.
2. Know what you need to clean, sanitize and disinfect.
Surfaces that are touched often should be sanitized daily, including desks, computer keyboards, doorknobs, faucet handles, toys and hands-on learning materials. Other areas should be disinfected each day, like restrooms and cafeterias, and visibly soiled areas should be cleaned immediately.
3. Use cleaning supplies safely.
Heed all directions and warnings on product labels, use proper gloves or eye protection when recommended and never mix disinfectants and cleaners unless the labels explicitly say it is safe to do so.
Following these tips from our experts will ensure that your school stays healthy this flu season and your staff stays safe while cleaning. To learn more about our cleaners, sanitizers and disinfectants, contact us today.