Back-to-School Sanitation: How to Disinfect and Defend Classrooms

by | Jul 23, 2020 | disinfectant, schools

With COVID-19 cases in the United States continuing to skyrocket, the thought of schools reopening next month is becoming increasingly scary for parents and teachers. 

While your school has been unoccupied over the summer, disinfecting classrooms before students return is critical to their health and wellness. When it comes to COVID-19, there are two ways to thoroughly sanitize your facility.

1. Deep cleaning by hand

The first step towards disinfecting classrooms by hand requires gathering the necessary materials. You will need: 

  • Disposable gloves
  • Buckets filled with soap and water
  • Disinfectant wipes and spray
  • Masks
  • Scrub brushes

After obtaining these materials, snap on your gloves and mask and use soap and water to clean from the ceilings to the floors, including all walls, desks, and chairs. This will reduce the amount of dirt and germs residing on these surfaces.

Once you’ve scrubbed all major surfaces, wait for the water to dry, then spray or wipe down surfaces with a disinfectant like Lysol. Make sure to focus on high-touch areas such as cubbies, desks, light switches, keyboards, sinks, handles, toys, doorknobs, and tables. Disinfectant will kill the remaining germs residing on these surfaces. 

Because disinfectant wipes and spray are in such high demand, it’s nearly impossible to find them in stores. Thankfully, alcohol solutions (made up of at least 70% alcohol) and bleach solutions are also effective when it comes to disinfection–so long as they’re appropriate for the surface(s).

Before using bleach to clean, you will need to read the label to make sure that it:

  • Isn’t expired
  • Has a sodium hypochlorite concentration of 5-6%
  • Is meant for disinfection
  • Has been properly diluted

If your bleach meets the above requirements, the CDC states that it is effective in killing coronaviruses. Be sure to leave it on the desired surface(s) for at least one minute, and it will continue to keep your surface clear of bacteria and viruses for up to 24 hours. 

After you’ve finished cleaning and properly disposing of your gloves, don’t forget to wash your hands with warm soap and water for at least 20 seconds to ensure that you’re not taking any bacteria home with you.   

2. Shock and Shield

Cleaning by hand can take hours on end, and repeating this process every day after students leave will take up too much time, effort, and money. 

Thankfully, you don’t have to scrub anymore. With Shock and Shield, you can disinfect your classrooms with a lasting protective shield that keeps bacteria and viruses away for up to three months!

Shock and Shield is a two step process. First, our UVC light disinfection equipment literally “shocks” the environment to kill off any germs or bacteria, then, a spray “shield” covers the room and locks in this disinfection for up to 88 days. 

Manually cleaning the area can be quite risky because it’s difficult to guarantee full coverage. With Shock and Shield, you can ensure full coverage of the entire room (including airborne bacteria and viruses) in a fraction of the time and lasting up to 90 times longer than regular disinfectant. 

Save time and money by disinfecting classrooms quarterly–not daily. Contact Quality Face Wear today to learn more about the benefits that Shock and Shield can have on your facility. 

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