School Cleaning Over the Christmas Holidays: Tricks of the Trade

The Christmas school holidays may mean a nice well-earned rest for both pupils and faculty members, but this 2-week hiatus is an especially busy time for cleaning staff. A rarely empty school is the perfect opportunity to thoroughly clean those places that are impossible to clean on a day-to-day basis and properly prepare for the harsher winter weather come January. This winter deep clean is essential to not only supplementing your regular cleaning practices, but also making sure everything is effectively maintained, safe, and ready for the return of students in the New Year. This blog not only highlights the importance of a winter deep clean, but also offers you a few tips and tricks to prepare for the festive cleaning period.

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Make a List, Check it Twice

Whether you are a member of the janitorial staff, or looking to employ a professional cleaning service, it is essential to create a ‘to-do’ list before the cleaning crunch begins. This should include a comprehensive list of inventory that needs restocking, equipment/machines that need maintenance or replacing and a list of all rooms to clean, including floors and corridors and restrooms. You can then go through the list checking things off as you go, ensuring that no job, big or small, is overlooked. The opportunity to do a deep clean of an establishment which is so regularly used is rare, so make sure you are making the most of it, and no stone gets left unturned!

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First Of All, Floors

School floors are the most used and abused part of the building, especially around winter. There are constantly hundreds of feet walking the corridors every day, traipsing mud and dirt and dust around the site, bringing it into classrooms and grinding it into the floors. If left un-cleaned, or even just sweeping it lightly, can cause a build-up of dust and other substances that will not only damage the flooring, but can affect those with allergies and asthma. The Christmas holidays are the perfect time to scrub and recoat hard surface flooring to maintain its condition. A scrub and recoat will extend the life and look of your floors while also preparing them for the usually frosty and snowy January weather. Scrub to remove any dirt or grit embedded in the floor or it will be recoated into the surface. This adds a protective layer for another 6 months of traipsing!


General Maintenance

The Christmas period is also the perfect time to tackle all of those special maintenance jobs that usually get put on hold; wiping down the hallway and classroom walls, removing any food stains and other debris which isn’t part of the day-to-day clean. Touch-up the paint work as and where it is needed. Dust all classroom and office surfaces including the light fixtures and skirting-boards. Remove blockages from sinks, toilets and urinals. Clean all entry glass panels and remove any debris from entryways and car parks. The list is endless (but manageable a detailed enough to-do list!).

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There are so many facets to the proper maintenance of school property that it is a year-long battle, however the Christmas period is the perfect time to get on top of it all and get everything ship shape in time for the return of staff and students. If you are looking for assistance in ensuring this mountainous task is completed quickly, efficiently and thoroughly, Focus Cleaning are a professional cleaning service based in Manchester, that have experience cleaning schools for over 15 years. Get in touch today for a chat about how we can help, and a no obligation quotation for our services! Merry Christmas!