There have been countless studies carried out to investigate how an untidy school can affect a child’s health and performance in the classroom. These studies indicate that not only does poor maintenance and cleaning procedures impact on the students’ indoor air quality (IAQ) and health among students and staff, but it also shows a large increase of asthma cases. Students spend an average of six to nine hours at school, 90 percent of which is spent indoors. This number is even larger for teachers. With an ever-growing desire to improve IAQ and health for both the students and staff, educational facilities are doing what they can to keep schools clean while also promoting positive indoor air quality.
One problem that affects many schools’ air quality is mold. Mold can grow if there is too much moisture in the air and can cause a variety of issues, from allergic reactions to respiratory problems. Moisture can be a substantial problem for schools that require maintenance due to recent flooding, leaky roofs, or even a cracked foundation. For schools that suffer from poor ventilation, cleaning a carpet can cause mold to develop. By providing the right equipment and chemicals for the job, this can be prevented.
The IAQ at schools can also be affected by vapors or volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are caused by paints, aerosol sprays, cleaners and even air fresheners. These vapors can cause a variety of health problems for everyone: exposure to VOCs can irritate the eyes, nose and throat, as well as causing damage to the liver, kidneys and the nervous system. This is why it is vital that cleaning companies utilize safer chemical products to help reduce the amount of VOCs in the air.
Within any school, infection control is essential to prevent the spread of the common cold as well as the flu virus. Proper disinfection methods, especially during flu season, are crucial when dealing with so many people in a single area. Naturally, the bathroom is a hot spot for germs and requires cleaning on a regular basis. However, the two most overlooked places that require disinfecting are the water fountain spigots and the plastic trays found in the cafeteria. These are both frequently found to be the cause for spreading an illness throughout schools, and therefore these two areas require special attention that regular school cleaning staff may overlook.
At Anago of Newark, we pride ourselves on our ability to take care of a school’s cleaning needs to promote a better education. With our customizable cleaning plans, we work closely with schools and districts to ensure that they receive a quality cleaning service that works within their budget. Please contact us for a free cleaning quote today!