School Cleaning: How to Keep Your School Clean?

Schools can get quite dirty with all that goes on during the day. For one thing, it's not uncommon for students to trek dirt and mud into the hallways. If anything, the situation only gets worse when the weather is bad; rain and mud is never a good combination. There are other things to worry about as well—like food crumbs. After all, people tend to snack between classes. Don't forget, there's also lunchtime, which can get pretty messy. No matter how careful everyone is (and not everyone will be careful), there's bound to be stuff on the floor by the time the bell rings.

Keeping the Schools Clean

Naturally, it's important to keep the school clean. Not only would dirt and mud be a slip hazard, but food particles can attract unwanted critters. It'd also be bad for everyone's health—the gunk could easily harbor bacteria, which can get into the body. Icky odors is a possibility too.

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Fortunately, schools have a system in place that allows them to keep the facilities clean; that is, most have a team of janitorial staff whose job is to clean the school after the students go home. You'd be surprised at all of their duties. To put it simply, they pretty much have to sweep, vacuum, and mop the entire building; this includes the washrooms, of course. We'll be taking a closer look at this topic below.

What are the Cleaning Needs of a School?

Schools are not small by any means—most are a decent size. Not only are there classrooms, but there are washrooms, gymnasiums, cafeterias, and staffrooms as well. Given how crowded it can be during the day with all of the students and teachers, bacteria can easily spread from one place to another. The last thing that anyone would want is for there to be some sort of epidemic in the building.

Cleaning the Hallways

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The hallways are probably one of the "dirtiest" areas, so to speak. After all, they get the most foot traffic. Almost everyone who enters the school has to walk down the same path. Needless to say, they'd bring in a considerable amount of dirt and debris with them from outdoors. Not to mention that many people eat their lunches in the hallways—in high school, anyway. Naturally, there would be crumbs and whatnot on the floors. If there are trash bins, those would need to be emptied out too.

Cleaning the Classrooms

Classrooms make up the majority of a school building. Considering that, it's not surprising to know that their cleaning can take several hours. First and foremost, there's the floor. Whether it's carpet or laminate, it would need to be swept and vacuumed. Chances are, it would be covered with debris (think food crumbs, eraser bits, chalk dust, etc.) by the end of the day. More often than not, tables and desks will also need to be cleaned. Viruses are no joke—for one thing, they can live on a surface for up to 24 hours! Routine cleaning, especially during the flu season will help to reduce the spread of illness.

Cleaning the Other Rooms

As mentioned earlier, there are other "rooms" as well such as gymnasiums, locker rooms, staff rooms, and cafeterias. All of these places would also need to be cleaned at the end of a school day. The cafeteria, in particular, requires extra attention as food is involved.

Other Things That Need to be Cleaned

Aside from rooms, there are other things that require cleaning. For instance, windows should be washed both inside and outside on a regular basis—this will ensure that they’ll bring in a good amount of daylight. It’s also important to maintain the HVAC systems as well as this will improve air quality, which can help to eliminate bacteria.

Why Should You Use a Mop to clean Classrooms?

Cloths and towels can be handy when you're wiping down a table or a chair, but you'd need something a little more to be able to clean the floors and windows. Ideally, you'd want to use a mop—one that's strong enough to tackle all of the cleaning that's required at the school.

Benefits of Using a Mop

  • Most can be used wet and dry
  • Highly versatile—they're not just for the floors!
  • A great way to remove debris, including food crumbs from the ground
  • Practical yet affordable

As you might be aware, there are several different kinds of mops. For instance, there are those that are made from yarn and those that are made from synthetic materials such as microfiber. Some models even come with sprayers or vacuums. For the purposes of this article, however, we'll be focusing on the microfiber mop.

Benefits of a Microfiber Mop

  • Soft and nonabrasive—this makes it suitable for most surfaces
  • Microfiber pads are eco-friendly in that they can be used again and again
  • Generally compact, which makes them easy to manuever
  • Microfiber material dries quickly
  • Capable of picking up most of the germs and bacteria from surfaces with just water

Why the Turbo Mop is a Good Choice For Schools

The Turbo Mop is ideal for schools for several reasons. Let's take a look.

It's a Super Versatile Tool

One of Turbo Mop’s selling points is that it’s super versatile. For starters, it can be safely used on almost any type of floor—this includes tiles, stone, cement, linoleum, and hardwood. This makes it perfect for schools, where the floor can easily vary with each room.

Turbo Mop cleaning classroom

Don’t forget, the handle (which is made from high-quality aluminum) is also extendable—just twist and lock the rod. This feature will allow you to easily reach and clean corners and other hard to reach areas.

Another great thing about it is that it can be used for a variety of surfaces—not just the floor. For instance, you can use it to clean the windows, benches, windowsills, tables, benches, and more. Why clutter the janitor's room with various tools when you can get away with just one? As a microfiber mop, it can also be used wet and dry. In other words, you can use it to sweep up the dirt and debris that's on the floor, before cleaning with water. You can also use the mop for any dust bunnies that might be found in the corners of the rooms.

It Comes With Two Different Types of Mop Pads

The Turbo Mop is unique in that it comes with two types of mop pads—that is, it comes with two microfiber pads and two scrubbing pads. As mentioned earlier, the microfiber pads are great for a variety of purposes from cleaning the floors to the windows. The best part is that they feature Microfiber Gripping Technology; in other words, they consist of over 10,000 fiber loops that are capable of holding onto almost anything on your floor!

The scrubbing pads, on the other hand, are designed for getting rid of caked-on dirt or debris. Stiffer and coarse, it will allow you to easily scrub away stubborn stains. Note: It's a good idea to try the scrubbing pads on an inconspicuous area first before using it to scrub a large area. It can work better on some surfaces than others.

It Cleans Easily

The Turbo mop is easy to clean. For one thing, it requires no wringing. All you have to do is take the mop pad off (it attaches to the bottom of the mop head via velcro attachments) and toss it into the washer. Pour in a little bit of laundry detergent and wash it with a gentle cycle—you can even put it with your clothes! Once the cycle is done, take it out and hang it up to dry. It won't take long at all—synthetics such as microfiber is quick-drying. As an alternative, you can put the pads in a bucket of warm water (the sink works too). Add a small amount of detergent and let it soak for 15-30 minutes before rinsing the suds out. Hang it up to dry.

It's an Eco-Friendly Option

Eco-friendly is the way to go—especially when it comes to schools. What's great about the Turbo Mop is that it does not use disposable mop pads; everything is reusable. In fact, the pads can be washed up to 100 times! In other words, it won't be contributing to the landfill problem.

It's Durable and Long Lasting

The Turbo Mop is built to last. It will not break or come apart after just a few uses. That is to say, you'll get your money's worth. By spending less money on cleaning tools, the school will be able to allocate more funds to their students' needs. Cleaning is important, but so is their education! To give you a better idea, disposable pads can cost upwards of 50 cents a sheet. Use a few of those for a quick cleaning job and you'd already be spending a couple of dollars!