The classroom offers a perfect learning environment, away from the distractions of noise from the outside world. It may just seem like an indoor space, but in fact, every aspect of a classroom has been carefully considered – the layout, design, flow and décor have been designed to improve learning quality and aid concentration.
With so many people using these rooms throughout the week they can also get cluttered, dirty and more importantly, become a breeding ground for germs. The impact of both dirt and pollutants along with airborne chemicals from cleaning products can have a serious impact on indoor air quality. Air quality and ventilation is vital in the school environment as not only does it help prevent the spread of sickness bugs and the risk of future illness occurring but it also contributes significantly to concentration, productivity, mood, behavior and overall well-being.
How to clean a classroom to A star standards:
First off, get some help! The best way to keep a classroom clean is to promote responsible behavior and assign students with certain tasks. This not only teaches a valuable lesson in community spirit and teamwork but also helps to improve motivation and give a sense of purpose. Duties can include monitoring supply stations, whiteboard cleaning or ‘furniture co-ordination officer’ (basically making sure chairs are tucked in and tables are left in the right position, but it’s a great job title to give).
Daily cleaning tasks:
- Carefully stack away chairs so all areas can be easily vacuumed or mopped.
- Collect all loose rubbish and empty rubbish and waste bins.
- Disinfect door handles and switches.
- Wipe down door glass and windows.
- Clean white/chalk boards and screens.
- Sanitise tabletops and horizontal hard surfaces.
- Remove any chewing gum or graffiti.
- Thoroughly vacuum / mop floors.
Weekly cleaning tasks:
- Move furniture on wheels to clean underneath.
- High-level dusting and wipe down including tops of cabinets and shelves.
- Wipe down blinds and window ledges.
Be pro-active: It is useful to keep hand sanitiser, a packet of wet surface cleaning wipes and some carpet and fabric spot remover wipes locked away in a desk drawer to tackle any incidents as soon as they happen. This will ensure if anything sticky is dropped, it will not attract dirt and surfaces remain as clean as possible through-out the day.
Be mindful of the chemicals:
Only trained staff should have access to any cleaning chemicals on site. Ensure these are always accounted for and locked away. It can be tempting to under dilute product or use more than the recommended amount to improve the results of the job in hand, however, most of the time this does nothing except expose the user and those within close proximity to dangerous fumes and leave sticky residues and wet patches which will attract fresh dirt.
Switching to biological cleaning solutions is a safer, more effective way to clean a classroom as not only are these products much more effective than conventional cleaning methods (they can get deep into the pores of surfaces, break down grease and grime and continue working long after initial application) but they are also safe for users, students, staff and the environment. They improve indoor air quality and contain no toxic ingredients making them the popular choice for cleaning public areas.