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Smart & Healthy Children: Best Practices for Germ-Free Schools


School is almost out for summer in Sydney and the rest of Australia, but that doesn’t mean that educational institutions should slack off when it comes to keeping their premises clean and hygienic. Though some illnesses are seasonal, it’s still best to employ preventive measures. Flu, for instance, can spread from one child to another through coughing and sneezing. But it’s also possible to get infected just by touching contaminated objects.

Unhygienic practices and using the wrong type of cleaning products can trigger allergy or asthma attacks as well. Aside from hiring a commercial cleaning service, school administrators can take a proactive approach to change the existing environment into a healthier one. In this post, let’s review what you can do to prevent infectious diseases from spreading in your school, and ensure that children with allergy issues are in safe hands as well.

1.    Educate children about litter

It’s important for schools to make litter education a vital part of their curriculum. Teaching kids about litter at a young age can help them adopt a more responsible attitude in the future. Let them learn by example or come up with activities that make litter picking fun to do. You can also arrange for a clean-up around the neighbourhood, but make sure to educate them about proper waste handling and disposal as well.

2.    Set a cleaning program and schedule

Schools across the country are fast realising the need for a comprehensive cleaning plan. This is where school cleaning companies come in. As one of the trusted cleaners operating in Sydney and its surrounds, we work with school administrators to create cleaning programs that work well around class schedules so that we don’t get in the way while keeping the school clean and disinfected.
Nevertheless, students should also do their part in cleaning up after themselves in classrooms, hallways and food areas. Adopt the CAYGO or ‘Clean As You GO’ rule by making sure they pick up paper and throw drink cans and chip packets in the litter bins provided.

3.    Give up products, objects and furniture that can trigger allergies

Dust mites, one of the leading causes of asthma attacks, are usually found on rugs, carpets and upholstered furniture. It’s not rare for younger children’s schools to have wall to wall carpeting and sofas. Make sure to have these vacuumed regularly. If teachers are going to dust in between cleaning schedules, make sure to provide them with a damp cloth to wipe with.

Some plants can also trigger allergic reactions (wheezing and sneezing, watery and itchy eyes) and they need to be removed from the premises. Check the types of plants and make sure they are not the kind that pollinate by themselves. Grasses should be mowed regularly, and since Christmas is just around the corner, it would be a good idea to use artificial trees only.

4.    Ensure that classrooms are easy to clean

For these premises to be cleaned easily, ensure that regular de-cluttering is done. Take down old drawings posted on walls, stuffed animals, and frames if they’re only gathering dust. Put properly labelled litter bins around for easy waste management and removal.

Sprucing up and sanitising schools is not an easy task. There is a lot to consider, as you have read above. Which is why you should engage students and teachers to do their part in ensuring they have a healthy and orderly place to study and work. As one of the leading school and office cleaning companies in Sydney, we are your partners in providing a clean and germ-free environment for everyone in your institution.