For a successful daycare, especially today, keeping the space clean is essential for quality and safety. Spreading through the staff and children, the germs, bacteria, viruses, and illnesses unattended can be detrimental to the health of the facility and your reputation. Unsafe bacteria and grime can be harbored on any surface, from toys and books to tabletops, floors and walls. Today, we at Baker Sandoval Cleaning would like to discuss cleaning a daycare.
Cleaning VS Sanitizing VS Disinfecting
Though all three are important, it is important to know the differences between cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting to effectively ensure they are all done correctly.
Disinfecting: Bacterial spores are not destroyed, but most germs are through disinfecting. Bleach or ammonia used on clean surfaces, disinfects the surface. Before wiping the solution, be sure the area is aired dry or left according the label.
Sanitizing: Sanitizing reduces germs to safe levels. After cleaning, sanitizing dishes, food, contact surfaces, and toys that children put in their mouths are essential. Sanitizing reaches the standard regulations of public health codes for your daycare.
Cleaning: Cleaning is executed with soap or detergent and water. Through scrubbing and rinsing, dirt, debris, and most germs are removed.
Expected in areas like bathrooms, kitchens, or diaper changing stations, generally, is routinely cleaned throughout the entire center and regularly sanitized and disinfected.
Daycare & Childcare Areas to Clean
In the same order every day, the easiest way to ensure thorough cleaning is to follow a schedule and clean area. Immediate clean and disinfect surfaces with a visible mess, especially bodily fluids. A commercial cleaning service can be key to ensuring your facility provides a healthy environment for students and employees while many areas of your childcare center are maintained by your staff.
Play Areas. Play areas and toys needs to be cleaned after each use, then cleaned and sanitized at the end or every day. Blankets, toys, sheets and mats as well as other washables, should be cleaned each week. The entryways including the light switches, door handles, pens and pencils, floors, cubbies, walls, railings, keyboards, and phones need to be cleaned daily. Cleaning professionals can clean daily with health-based disinfectants
Food Areas. In a day care, mealtimes can be very messy. To make sure everyone is fed, and employees can get back to caring for the children tables, chairs, and high-chair trays are often wiped down quickly between uses. These areas are prone to bacteria growth and with commercial cleaning, you can have the confidence the feeding areas are properly cleaned and disinfected.
Bathroom Areas. Especially so in daycares, bathroom area at the end of each day toilets, sinks, countertops, faucets, and floors need to be cleaned rinsed and disinfected to prevent the spread of germs. Cross contamination is common in the bathroom and needs great care and handling, which professionals guarantee.
Diaper Changing Areas. Between each diaper change, diaper changing area must be disinfected. Even when using gloves, the provider must also wash hands between each diaper change. Leading to dangerous diarrhea resulting in dehydration, Gastrointestinal illnesses caused by rotavirus and norovirus are easily spread that needs professional cleaning.