Back to School: Safety Precautions All Janitors Should Know

by Lawton Brothers | Sep 15, 2020


Amidst concerns of Covid-19, many parents, students, and teachers are uncertain of the safety of going back to school. However, as the United States plans to start the 2020 school year, it is undoubtedly important to cover daily cleaning regimens and practices for school janitors.

It is known that corona viruses can live up to several days on hard surfaces. Therefore, it is vital to clean and disinfect frequency areas. Frequency areas are surfaces that are frequently touched and are more likely to be contaminated. These areas should be disinfected at least daily. This includes doorknobs, handrails, lockers, desks, faucet handles, and even computer keyboards. Follow standard procedures for routine cleaning and disinfection, with immediate cleaning of objects or surfaces that are visibly unclean. Routine cleaning and special disinfecting processes can irritate eyes, noses, throats, and skin, so be sure to always follow suggested precautions and use protective equipment.

When using an EPA-registered disinfectant, pay close attention to the wet or dwell time. This refers to the amount of time the product must remain on a surface for it to properly remove bacteria and viruses. Some products can function as both a cleaner and disinfectant – however, there may be a varied procedure for the two uses.

          Important Precautions

  • Do not clean with dry dusting or sweeping as this can create aerosols. Instead, use damp cleaning methods. Washing surfaces with soap and water is a simple way of cleaning surfaces before disinfection for Covid-19.
  • Change wet cleaning materials such as mops and rags frequently. Where possible, use disposable items and work from areas of low frequency to those with higher levels of contamination.
  • Clean, disinfect, and dry your cleaning equipment after each use. This will prevent you from spreading the virus onto other surfaces.
  • Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water after each work session.


    School Disinfection by Location

  • Restrooms/Locker Rooms: doorknobs/handles, light switches, paper towel dispenser and/or air dryer, faucet handles, toilet and urinal levers, partitions, and any additional items as identified by your local authorities.
  • Cafeteria: Refrigerator door handles, microwave door handle and keypad, table tops, door handles, light switches, vending machines (buttons and retrieval area), drinking fountain.
  • Classrooms/Office Spaces:  Doorknobs, light switches, faucets and lab areas, telephones, keyboards, copiers, desks, and other frequently touched items.
  • Other Important Locations: Elevator buttons (inside and on each level outside the doors), stairway handrails, drinking fountains, vehicle steering wheels, dashboard controls, PA system, etc.

    If you are uncertain of places you may be missing, ask your teachers and other school staff to fill out a survey of their frequently touched items and places of concern. As always, talk to your principal or other school authority to officially put cleaning regimens into place.

     Let Us Build a Cleaning Regimen

    As we all navigate through the pandemic, Lawton Brothers is here to help. Whether you’re looking for new products to help keep your business clean or you’re hoping to create a new cleaning regimen, give us a call! We conduct cleaning audits, rent service equipment, and even provide training. Let us focus on cleanliness so you can focus on the safety and wellbeing of your students. Give us a call today: 800.432.0813.

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