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Ultimate Guide to School Cleaning

Ultimate guide to school cleaning and reopening in 2022

It’s hard to believe school is almost here and with the new year comes new challenges and even the addition of a new viral threat. Commercial Cleaning Corp has put together a school cleaning guide packed with tips to help you prepare for a safe and healthy 2022-2023 school year.

Proper Ventilation Keeping School Air Clean

kids in a classroom getting instruction

CDC has recommended that proper ventilation be a primary topic of discussion in the reopening of schools this fall. Given the airborne nature of Covid19 recent research is saying that by rotating the air in the classroom this fall you can significantly lower your risk of spreading covid19. In addition to the reduced risk of spreading disease there are also studies that show a lower co2 level in the classroom helps enhance learning.

The official CDC recommendation is to completely change the air in a classroom 6 times per hour. This is referred to as ACH or air changes per hour. When you see a recommendation of 6 ACH you can understand they are saying your ventilation system should be able to completely replace the air in the room 6 times per hour.

In order to address the ventilation topic, the CDC website has added several features for schools to test and optimize their ventilation. However, you may want to call in your HVAC manager for this part as the concepts can get very technical. We tried to break it down in simple terms to easily understand in our school cleaning guide. If you would like to go down the technical road here are a few links to follow.

School Cleaning Guide Resources:

Interactive School Ventilation Tool

https://schools.forhealth.org/

Single-Zone Simulations Using FaTIMA for Reducing Aerosol Exposure in Educational Spaces | NIST

Tips to Enhance Schools Ventilation

Now that you know what ACH is, what can your school do to enhance it’s ventilation process? If it is pleasant weather out, improving ventilation may be as simple as opening a window and using a box fan. However, for more difficult winter days you may need to have a different option in place.

Open school windows

Just 6 inches of an open window can improve the ventilation of a room dramatically. Having two windows open will allow a cross flow and amplify the effect.

Open school window and add a box fan

Your janitorial closet probability has a collection of box fans, if you are lacking these supplies you can click on the picture to be taken to our recommendation for purchasing. Putting a typical 20-inch box fan to push the air out of the window will improve your air circulation of a typical 30 feet by 30 feet classroom by 12 ACH. That is double the recommended ventilation.

Exhaust fan

If your classroom is equipped with an exhaust fan, make sure it is always running. Most bathrooms are standardly equipped with exhaust fans  so make sure they are also constantly running as well. There are also large floor exhaust fans used mainly for floor drying setting one up to push the air out the door would also help to increase air circulation.

Use a portable air purifier in the classroom

When the weather is bad and opening a window is not a good option, using a portable air purifier may be a better option.

  • Make sure the purifier is the proper size for the room,
  • Use as directed and change the filter often.
  • Keep the purifier as central to the room as possible
  • Do your research MERV 13 or higher filtration is ideal

Optimize your schools current HVAC system

  • Make sure the settings are on high circulating as much air as possible
  • Check the outside vents to make sure they are clear of debris and overgrowth
  • Begin running the air system 2 hours before and after the building is occupied
  • Make sure your filters are clean and you are using the highest quality HVAC filters your system accepts. MERV 13 or higher is ideal but you need to consult the manual to make sure its compatible
  • Don’t be tempted to save money by keeping settings low or turning them off on a nice day; The health and safety of the staff and student’s outweigh additional electricity expense

 

How do you Know Your Classrooms are Getting the Proper Ventilation?co2 reader

The easiest way to know is to purchase a co2 reader, measure the ratings in the middle of the day when the kids have been active in the classroom for a few hours. Once you have the co2 rating you can plug it into this handy calculator along with your classroom size and number of students to see if you are at a proper ventilation level.
School Ventilation Calculator

Best School Cleaning Practices

Keeping schools and universities clean and germ free can be quite a task as kids tend to touch everything without hesitation. In this guide to school cleaning Commercial Cleaning Corp has come up with the following tips for keeping schools as germ free as possible.


School Cleaning Checklist and Tips

▯ Make sure your janitorial staff uses a strict cross contamination policy; That means different color-coded cloth and mops should be used to separate the germs from the bathroom and the classroom.
▯ Be sure the disinfectant you are using is rated for EVP by the epa.gov
▯ For disinfection cleaning surface should be fully saturated with the cleaning solution for the time stated on the product label
▯ Consider adopting a no sharing policy for school supplies
▯ Limit the number of door handle touching by opting to have the teachers or staff control the door opening and closing for the classrooms
▯ Use Heppa filters on vacuums ideally MERV 13 or higher
▯ Keep several bus windows open when possible
▯ Consider a no touch arrival and dismissal procedure for doors by having them opened for students to just walk through
▯ Make sure the restroom exhaust fans are running constantly
▯ Hold high risk activities outdoors when possible, such as choir and gym
▯ Visit our classroom cleaning checklist page for more info

Feel free to download a pdf version of this checklist here. School Cleaning Tips


electrostatic cleaning for schools

New Emerging Concerns

This guide addresses the new and emerging pox epidemic and how to safely disinfect for it.

Download  Disinfecting for pox virus Guide pdf here.

 


Looking for a School Janitorial Service to Handle Things for You?

At Commercial Cleaning Corp we have many school janitorial clients from k through 12 to college universities. We are constantly enhancing our K-12 Schools & Universities Cleaning Services to provide a healthier clean to our schools.  If you’re looking to upgrade your cleaning level, we could be the right answer.

Clean school

CLEANING FOR HEALTH
• We put health and safety first
• 35 years of experience cleaning schools
• We use HEPA filters, Green Certified cleaning products, and Color-coded microfiber cloths

SAFETY STANDARDS FIT FOR A SCHOOL
• Multiple layers of supervision
• We are not a franchise we are family owned
• Industry specific time and attendance software
• All employees have a uniform

EXPERIENCE WITH SCHOOL’S UNIQUE CHALLENGES
• Unmatched customer service
• Privately owned for over 40 years
• Exceptionally trained staff

COST SAVINGS
• All supplies and equipment are provided in cost
• Adaptable to budgets
• Discounted janitorial supplies

Contact us today for a no obligation consultation 

 

Citations:

Ventilation in Schools and ChildCare Programs (cdc.gov)

Medical Facility Cleaning Services

Training and Trust Are Keys to Medical Grade Commercial Cleaning

Hclean dental office medical facilityealthcare facilities, more than any other industry rely on commercial cleaning services when cleaning their facility. Medical facility cleaning services consist of three main goals:

 

  • Meeting strict federal safety and privacy requirements.
  • Protecting the health and safety of the medical team and patients.
  • Presenting a clean, attractive atmosphere that builds confidence between patients and their providers.

 

Unlike other buildings, cleanliness in medical facilities serve dual functions of providing both surface cleanliness and infection prevention.

 

Hospitals, clinics, dental offices and other medical facilities such as rehabilitation centers and veterinary clinics have very distinct needs, and require special care. Improperly cleaned facilities impact public perception and can result in the spread of infection and disease.

 

Commercial Cleaning Services Are Important in Medical Facilities

 

While healthcare-associated infections range from small to big, with proper cleaning they can be avoided all together. Healthcare-associated infections can happen when bacteria is transferred from the environment to a person. This can happen in a variety of ways such as contaminated surfaces, from equipment or between hands or gloves of healthcare workers.

HAI’s can occur in a variety of medical places such as clinics, hospitals, doctor’s offices, urgent care and more. Without the proper cleaning and sanitation, infections are easily transmittable between things such as medical devices like catheters and ventilators, procedures, patients and healthcare workers.

 

To provide the safest, most sanitary and presentable environment for patients, staff and visitors, medical offices and healthcare facilities must make cleaning their top priority.

 

The Benefits of Hiring Specialized Medical Office Cleaning ServicesMedical Facility Cleaning Services

Regardless of the type of health care facility, all medical offices and settings are expected to be free of dust, dirt and disease. Due to the variety and critical nature of services that medical offices provide, many organizations rely on commercial cleaning companies to maintain the highest standards in cleanliness and sanitation. Using a commercial cleaning company that specialized in healthcare and medical facilities has several important benefits.

1) Safer and Healthier Environment

In health care, providing a healthy environment is a necessity. By using professional medical facility cleaning services, healthcare places limit the risk of the spread of disease and infection. An important benefits of a clean and sanitary environment is that patients have a greater opportunity and success rate to recover because of the reduction of exposure to pathogens and the reduction of contagious illnesses being passed on to staff.

2) A More Presentable Appearance to the Medical Facility

Medical facilities do not have down days they need to be sanitized and cleaned every day. The physical condition of any office or medical facility makes an impression on patients and their families, staff and visitors.

A clean and tidy space, regardless of its setting, is often thought to be more professional and reliable than one that is unkempt. A professionally maintained facility contributes to patient satisfaction, which is one of the priorities of all medical professionals.

A clean healthcare setting builds trust between the patient and provider as well as creates an inviting atmosphere where patients can recover in comfort and their loved ones can feel confident in the care they are receiving.

3) Provides Consistent Medical Facility Cleaning Services

Because of the type of care medical and healthcare facilities provide combined with the amount of high traffic, a medical facility needs more than a daily once-over. Healthcare facilities are the type of commercial setting that benefit from consistently receiving a thorough, professional cleaning.

Providing a consistently clean and sanitized environment is not an easy task to achieve. One way to achieve this goal is using a cleaning crew that is trained in medical procedures and protocols. By selecting a professional commercial cleaning company that has quality control guidelines in place, you will ensure your offices and facilities are receiving the services needed to meet the high standards of cleanliness required in the healthcare industry.

A commercial cleaning company that specializes in healthcare facilities will have the training and experience to easily manage the multifaceted needs that come with maintaining the health and safety of a healthcare facility.

 

 

When considering a commercial cleaning service for medical look for the following experience:

 

  • Disposal of Waste and Contaminants:

    There is so much disposal of waste and other material in the healthcare field. Commercial cleaners should be properly trained in the disposal of bio-waste.

  • Hospital-Grade Disinfectants:

    Professional commercial cleaners use hospital-level disinfectants in order to guarantee a disinfected and sanitized space free of germs. Your commercial cleaners should understand and follow protocols and guidelines that incorporate these high-level cleaning products within your medical facility.

 

  • Preventing of cross-contamination:

    Your medical cleaners should have strict rules to avoid the cross-contamination between medical equipment, products and people.

 

  • Training and education:

    Communication  of employees and contractors is a needed component of the health and safety of your medical facility. Using professional cleaners ensures that training and safety protocols happen regularly within your facility.

 

  • Everyday maintenance:

    From cleaning highly trafficked spaces like lobbies, patient rooms and offices to deep bathroom cleaning and disinfection, professional cleaners will have the experience to handle all spaces within your medical facility.

 

  • Cleaning a variety of spaces:

    Training and experience is a must when it comes to cleaning any medical or healthcare facility, especially in large hospitals. No area is exempt. From operating rooms to kitchens and offices, hospitals are massive in scope.

 

Why Choose Commercial Cleaning Corp?

Whether you’re looking to ensure the health and safety of your dentist office, urgent care clinic, veterinarian office or hospital, you can count on Commercial Cleaning Corporation to exceed your expectations in both cleanliness and infection prevention/control as well as aesthetics. We offer health care industry cleaning services in Bucks County, Trenton, Princeton, and more. Contact us for a free consultation. Visit our Medical Cleaning Services page for more information about what we offer.

When working with Commercial Cleaning Corporation you will benefit from a healthier, more attractive, consistently clean facility. You will also receive high marks from patients, visitors and staff alike.

Commercial Cleaning Corporation provides everyday cleaning services such as dusting, vacuuming and trash removal while also offering specialized services. From hospital chains to medical offices, Commercial Cleaning Corporation can create a healthy environment that meets or exceeds industry standards.

 

With advanced training and experience we can help oversee the health and safety of your patients and staff. We will help prevent the spread of germ, bacteria and pathogens in your office and medical facility.

 

Best Way to Clean a Commercial Restaurant Kitchen?

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Click the picture to see the result of this fryer cleaning on our kitchen cleaning page!

What is best when cleaning a commercial kitchen?

When you have a restaurant, commercial kitchen or any type of food and beverage manufacturing facility cleanliness must be your top priority. This is  to ensure the safety and health of your patrons. With food safety of utmost importance, it is vital to keep kitchen appliances, equipment and surfaces clean.

A higher level of clean and safety is important for industries that manufacture or process consumable goods. This sector includes commercial kitchens, restaurants, a variety of food and beverage operations, as well as packaging applications that pack food or consumable items for transportation and distribution.

Facilities in the food and beverage industries have equipment and tools that regularly come into contact with grease, food residue, and oily by-products. This residue  quickly builds up on equipment and create health and safety hazards.

Typically kitchens are cleaned by hand with manual scrubbing and by using harsh oven degreasers and disinfectant sprays. The residue from sprays and chemicals can spread across ovens, food prep areas, counter tops, and even floors.

 

How do you sanitize a restaurant kitchen?

Vapor steam cleaning is becoming the gold standard of cleaning especially for commercial kitchens and food and beverage. Kitchen steam cleaning is a unique cleaning process that utilizes high temperature low moisture water vapor and high pressure application to clean, sanitize and deodorize in one easy step.

Kitchen steam cleaning and sanitizing uses the power of high-temperature, low-moisture steam for cleaning commercial ovens, food processing equipment and commercial kitchen appliances. A dry vapor steam is created by using only a small amount of water, heated to 240 degrees Fahrenheit, and is then applied with high-powered cleaning equipment. The steam cleaning process does not require the use of any chemicals or disinfectants in its process.

Kitchen steam cleaning is extremely good and effective at killing bacteria, molds and microorganisms on contact. The high-temperature steam destroys grease, dirt, fats and oils without using chemicals and the dry steam evaporates quickly, leaving minimal moisture behind.

Commercial kitchens and food manufacturing facilities use steam cleaning to address health and safety issues for the following reasons:

  • Steam cleaning eliminates the need for chemicals or disinfectants.
  • Reduction in moisture levels.
  • Effective at cleaning residual traces of grease, oil, dirt as well as bacteria and germs that cannot be seen by the naked eye.
  • Environmentally friendly – low water usage and no harmful chemicals.
  • Steam cleaning can be used for multiple types of equipment and products such as commercial kitchen appliances and equipment, floors, bathroom fixtures, windows, mirrors and even furniture.
  • Steam is quick drying making it great for kitchen surfaces that require less downtime.

 

Is Steaming Cleaning Safe for  Commercial Kitchen Equipment?

Unlike other cleaning methods and solutions that can fade colors, damage surfaces and cause allergic reactions; vapor steaming surfaces is perfectly safe. You can use a steamer to: Clean and sanitize kitchen countertops, food prep areas, commercial ovens, coils and racks, deep fryers, range hoods, vents, appliances, cabinets, floors and sinks. In addition dry vapor steaming can be used to clean and sanitize bathroom countertops, floors, tubs/showers and toilets.

 

Items and areas you should not use the steam cleaning are:

 

  • Walls or furniture finished in a water-based paint
  • Unsealed surfaces such as hardwood floors, marble, limestone, concrete, tile, or natural stone
  • Porous surfaces like cord, bamboo, paper, and cardboard
  • Flooring with cracks or gaps like parquet, which can be damaged from the high-pressure and heat
  • Deep-cleaning large areas of carpet
  • Delicate items, such as silks, thin plastics, and velour upholstery

 

 

How Effective is Kitchen Steam Cleaning?

Using steam is one of the most efficient and effective cleaning techniques due to the low moisture, high-temperature steam. Steam cleaning is a the preferred method for commercial kitchens and restaurants because it offers the following benefits:

  • Kills 99.99% of bacteria and microorganisms.
  • Removes stains, odors, grease and germs.
  • Steam can get into cracks, crevices and hard to reach areas.
  • Removes mold growth and prevents mold growth from recurring.
  • Eliminates dust mites and keeps surfaces safe from crawling and flying insects.
  • Clears away trapped allergens and pollutants.
  • Does not damage equipment or surface materials.
  • Chemical free and reduced water usage makes it a great environmentally friendly option.
  • Suitable for a variety of materials such as aluminum, stainless steel, plastic and polypropylene and brass.
  • Minimal downtime needed for cleaning.

 

Why Choose Steam Cleaning For Your Restaurant Kitchen and Oven?

Grease and other contaminants from cooking and food handling can be a challenge to clean and removing it can become a massive task especially as it builds up over time. Dry vapor steam cleaning produces a superior and deeper level of sanitation for commercial kitchens and food industry facilities.

Dry steam dislodges soils and stains and sanitizes every surface by breaking down and removing residue, bacteria and a host of other contaminants. Steam cleaning is good at reaching into the nooks and crannies your commercial kitchen oven where employees have trouble reaching.

The high temperatures used in the cleaning process not only clean efficiently, but also kill germs and bacteria and leave your equipment shinning and clean. This makes steaming ideal for cleaning companies like Commercial Cleaning Corporation.

Get your kitchen cleaned today, call for a quote!

Visit our Commercial Kitchen Cleaning Services page to see the services we offer.
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Top 5 Areas for Professional Cleaning

In this blog, we’re looking at the top five areas of your business that will benefit most from professional cleaning services.

A clean business makes a great first impression and can mean happier and healthier employees. Anytime the seasons change, it’s the perfect chance for businesses to reassess the state of their property and reinvigorate a few key areas.

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Concrete Restoration Experts from Aztec Training

Aztec Concrete Training Graduates March 2022Concrete Restoration Services

In March our team of flooring experts attended training for concrete restoration at Aztec Concrete Training. The course was an intensive 3 day training program for repairing, grinding, polishing and maintaining concrete floors. Each attendee received certification for working with concrete.

What is Concrete Restoration?

Concrete is one of the worlds most used building materials. Warehouses and industrial buildings across the country use concrete for flooring since its cost effecting and durable for large areas. Most companies picture concrete flooring as being old, shabby, and stained. However it doesn’t have to be that way, commercial concrete restoration allows you to clean an polish you flooring giving it a clean shine appearance. This is a great way to improve the visual appeal of the floor. It also makes it easier to clean and maintain especially in a warehouse environment with high traffic where durability is key.

Why Choose Concrete Services?

Polishing and raising your concrete appearance to an impressive shine is a cheaper alternative to replacing the concrete all together. That is where commercial cleaning company comes in call us today and schedule your no cost consultation.

 

Visit our page on Concrete Floor Polishing page to see more about out services and how we can keep your floors looking their best.

6 Things to Do Right Now to Organize Your Workspace

Working in clutter is a challenge most of us struggle with at some point in our lives. Clutter makes it difficult to get things done, to find what you need, and to live in an orderly and efficient manner. When we spend time everyday looking for our keys or trying to find that important document, we can become frantic and stressed, allowing this negative daily energy to build up over time.

One of the less obvious affects that clutter has is the impact on our mental clarity. Clutter contributes to our inability to think clearly, increases stress levels, and drains our mental and physical energy.

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How Commercial Cleaners Can Help Your Bottom Line

There are countless benefits to maintaining a clean office space. Beyond the aesthetic appeal, a clean office reduces the spread of illness, promotes productivity, reduces stress, and increases safety, which has an overall positive impact on the company’s bottom line.

Let’s discuss four ways a commercial cleaning company can help you improve your bottom line in 2022.

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3 New Year’s Resolutions for a Better Business

It’s the time of year when we reflect on our personal and professional goals and it will come as no surprise that the majority of resolutions that people make have to do with improving business and bettering one’s health.

How you take care of your office space can greatly impact these two areas and today, more than ever, cleanliness and job satisfaction are the keys to finding and keeping valuable employees. These factors can also help you reach your 2022 business goals.

Over the past 12-plus months the marketplace has changed drastically and we have seen new cleaning trends emerge, strategies evolve, and employee and customer needs continue to shift. The new year is a time to reflect on what has worked and how to develop strategies to continue to improve.

Below, we have listed three resolutions that will set you and your team up for a healthier and more successful year:

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How to Prepare Your Office for a Holiday Celebration

Holiday office parties are a tradition for many companies. It is a great time to take a break and socialize with coworkers in a relaxed setting. Office holiday parties are a great way to bring the year to a close, so it is important to make the event memorable and let your employees and their guests know how much you value them and the hard work they do.

To make sure the party is a success some preparation is required, and a big part of that preparation starts with a good office cleaning. The party planners at Commercial Cleaning Corporation have put together a list of everything you will need to know when it comes to preparing your office for a holiday celebration.

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