Janitors do a lot more than clean visible messes. Janitors also ensure that the school is free of dust, bacteria and germs and that air quality levels are high. When air quality is high, illnesses are minimized (allergens and bacteria are reduced) and students are more productive. They do better academically. With back-to-school quickly approaching, certain cleaning tasks are of high priority to ensure that students return to a school with an optimal environment to work in. Take a look below.
- Change the HVAC Air Filter
The HVAC system plays a very important role in schools. It ensures proper ventilation (and therefore improves air quality and keeps bacteria levels at bay), keeps temperatures consistent and much, much more. In order to ensure that the HVAC system is working as optimally as possible, back-to-school is a good time to assess whether the filter needs to be changed.
- Change the Filters on Your Cleaning Equipment
The start of back-to-school is also a good time to change the filters on all cleaning equipment to ensure that it’s working as optimally as possible for many of the same reasons as above.
- Disinfect Vulnerable Areas of the School
Schools need to focus on disinfecting items in the school that get touched a lot, including doorknobs, desks, computer keyboards, countertops, hands-on educational items and faucet handles, to name a few.
- Focus on Dust-Prone Areas
There are certain areas of the school where germs, dust and dirt tend to settle. These areas include the areas above eye level like light fixtures and the tops of shelving units.
- Organize the Supply Closet
The supply closet may not immediately seem of high importance, but when school gets back into full force, clutter can overtake supply closets and hinder cleaning processes. Janitors and school staff need to ensure that the supply closet is organized and clutter-free ahead of the start of the new school year.
- Upgrade to HEPA Filters
If you haven’t yet upgraded to HEPA filters, whether in your cleaning equipment or HVAC, now is the time to do so. HEPA filters are powerful filters capable of 99.97% micro-filtration down to 0.3 microns, which means that they can remove bacteria and allergens—very small particles—from schools and achieve the best possible environment for students.
Janitized provides premium quality filters for janitorial cleaning equipment to ensure long-term, optimal health, safety and productivity in schools. Contact us today for more information.