Since COVID-19, the routines we have become accustomed to have changed. The process of cleaning and disinfecting schools is different than it once was. Health and safety are more important than ever, and facilities need to be thorough in their cleaning procedures. With information everywhere, it can be overwhelming for even the most seasoned facility manager to determine the right course of action. The Misco Clean Start Program addresses these concerns, providing a clear and concise program that can help schools operate effectively. This solutions-based program addresses what needs to be cleaned, disinfected, or sanitized, how to do it, how often it needs to be done, and what products and equipment should be used.
Knowing whether to clean, sanitize or disinfect is an essential function of the cleaning procedure and not knowing the difference can be confusing.
Below we explain what each function is and how to determine what needs to be done.
Cleaning removes germs. Cleaners contain detergents that emulsify and attract soils removing germs through wiping or mopping. Cleaning works by using detergent and water to physically remove germs from surfaces. This process does not kill germs, but removes them, lowering the risk of spreading infection. Just cleaning a surface would be implemented if the area has not been occupied within the last 7 days if indoors, or if the area is outdoors.
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Sanitizing kill germs on surfaces after soils have been removed by cleaning. This process lowers the number of germs, therefore lowering the risk of spreading infection. Sanitizers are typically used for food contact surfaces and do not contain detergents that remove soil.
Disinfecting kills a broader spectrum of germs on non-food contact surfaces. Many disinfectants contain detergents that remove soils and kill germs in one step. This process does not necessarily remove all soil. Pre-cleaning can remove more germs further lowering the risk of spreading infection.
When assessing your cleaning plan, it is important to follow the recommendations outlined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Per the CDC, areas that have not been occupied 7 or more days, are outdoors and surfaces (hard, soft, and porous) that are not frequently touched only need to be cleaned or laundered.
Surfaces that are frequently touched are called high touch areas These are the areas where people are most likely to pick up and spread germs. By disinfecting these surfaces, we are cleaning areas most likely to carry harmful bacteria and viruses.
An area that is frequently touched will need to be disinfected. It is then important to distinguish how often to disinfect, if it is after every use or daily.
Below, we have created an interactive map to help visualize the different areas of a school. By using this map, users will be able to determine what cleaning process needs to be done, how often, and what areas need special attention.
Select (click) an area on the map below for a list of suggested cleaning procedures and spaces.
Keeping schools safe requires the right products that can be relied on to kill infectious germs. High level disinfecting will provide a safe, healthy environment for staff and students alike, resulting in less absenteeism. Now that we have identified what needs to be disinfected, we need to select the right product.