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REDUCE CROSS CONTAMINATIONS AND MAKE OUR SCHOOLS CLEAR OF ANY HEALTH RISKS

| September 17, 2018

REDUCE CROSS CONTAMINATIONS

REDUCE CROSS CONTAMINATIONS AND MAKE OUR SCHOOLS CLEAR OF ANY HEALTH RISKS 

Each year, millions of school days are lost due to illness. While this includes many things that are outside of the school’s control, nonetheless there are numerous opportunities for the custodial staff to reduce unintentional cross contamination that can affect student and staff health.

Contamination is the presence of an unwanted constituent, contaminant or impurity in a material, physical body, natural environment, workplace, etc. Contaminants are biological, chemical, physical or radiological substance.

Some tips:

COLORIZE cleaning cloths and sponges so the ones used in the restroom are not used to clean a desk or cafeteria table. While sponges and cloths can appear clean, they are in fact a major source of cross contamination because bacteria and other pathogens will be transferred to the surfaces that students come into direct contact with. Cleaning cloths and/or sponges should ideally be changed from one room to the next.

Mop buckets should be dumped frequently, ideally after each room. If microfiber mops are used, the microfiber pads should be changed after each room. Priority should be given to those classrooms and other areas where children sit, play or otherwise come in contact with the floors.

Use a disinfectant especially on high-touch points—surfaces and objects that multiple people touch. This includes desks, pencil sharpeners, door handles, water fountains, soap and paper towel dispensers, toilet flush valves, restroom faucets, etc. Consider using UV-C light devices to kill pathogens on delicate electronic equipment such as computer keyboards and printers. These can also be used on toys, art supplies and other materials that are shared by students.

Keep all pieces of cleaning equipment clean so they don’t spread contaminants from one area to the next. 

•Custodians should wash their hands or use hand sanitizer when moving from one classroom to the next. If they wear gloves, the gloves should be changed from one room to the next because while the gloves may protect their hands, they still transfer contaminants from one surface and one room to another.

Use entryway mats especially in entrances with high traffic. Mats help capture soil at the door and make cleaning easier. Just make sure there is a plan to keep the mats clean.

These actions along with simple awareness about cross contamination can help create healthier schools.

So why choose Reflections Extreme Clean? We don’t cross contaminate. We are extremely careful at all times during our cleaning services. Always making sure everything is clean and fresh when moving room to room, swapping out our soiled microfiber rags or mop heads so nothing is transported into another area. All of our Clients Health and Safety are important to us!!! Also, for health and safety concerns we USE ECO FRIENDLY GREEN CLEANING PRODUCTS so that all products are 100% natural and non hazardous to our children or even our furry loved ones. 

We want to make a difference in your environment!

Go Green!!!

Reflections Extreme Clean LLC

248-295-1261

Email Reflectionsextremeclean@gmail.com or call for our current openings!

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