School Reopening Cleaning/Disinfecting Checklist: COVID-19 Edition

by | Aug 20, 2020 | cloth face masks, disinfectant

With school reopening, you’ve been instructed to disinfect your classroom between classes, take the temperatures of your students, and make sure that everyone keeps a mask on at all times. 

Juggling these new tasks is like taking on an entirely new job that you never asked for.

At Quality Face Wear, we understand firsthand the struggles that teachers are facing when it comes to keeping COVID-19 out of their facility. 

We want schools to safely reopen just as badly as you do. Because of this, we’ve created the following school cleaning checklist to help you save time and avoid an outbreak.

1. Clean your classrooms

It’s important to clean your surfaces by hand before you begin disinfecting. Otherwise, the disinfectant is about as effective as putting protective wax on top of a dirty car. 

The first step towards a thorough, deep clean includes gathering the proper materials. You will need:

  • A scrub brush or wet rag
  • Buckets filled with soap and warm water
  • Disposable gloves
  • A mask

After you’ve gathered the appropriate materials, simply slap on your mask and gloves, soap up your rag or brush, and get to work scrubbing the room from top to bottom. Don’t forget the chairs, desks, doors, and windows. 

Once you’ve finished cleaning, make sure to properly dispose of your gloves and wash your hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds. 

2. Disinfect the room

With disinfectant in high demand, acidic products like Lysol and Clorox can be almost impossible to find. If you’ve been lucky enough to obtain this 2020 gold, continue with this step. If you can’t get your hands on any traditional disinfectant, alcohol and bleach solutions are also effective at killing COVID-19.

Start the disinfecting process by spraying or wiping down high-touch areas that have been cleaned (and are fully dry) including light switches, cubbies, tables, desks, doorknobs, keyboards, toys, handles, and faucets. If you’re using bleach, the CDC states that it will only kill the Coronavirus if it:

  • Is made for disinfection
  • Isn’t passed its expiration date
  • Is property diluted
  • Has a sodium hypochlorite concentration of at least 5-6%
  • Is left on your desired surfaces for at least one minute

One of the key determinants in getting disinfectant to work is leaving it on for the full time as recommended by the manufacturer. If you’ve been instructed to clean between classes, typically you will need a product that dries in less than five minutes.

The Lafayette Parish School System is currently under fire for providing teachers with a product that takes 10 minutes to disinfect and asking them to apply it during the 5 minutes between classes. Improper drying time renders the product completely ineffective, and it has already put one teacher in the hospital due to an allergic reaction. 

3. Repeat the process to protect yourself and your students

Unfortunately, bleach is really the only form of disinfectant available in stores that will continue to protect and ward off viruses and bacteria after someone touches the disinfected surface. Bleach can protect for up to 24 hours, but this still forces you to clean your classroom daily with these toxic fumes. 

In order to fully clean, disinfect, and protect your classroom, this process should take hours. You signed up to be a teacher, not a janitor. If you’ve been instructed to do this every day, or even between each class, your school is wasting precious time and money. 

With Shield 88, you can combine all three of these steps into one and protect your classroom for up to 88 days. Simply spray your classroom with our patented, water-based, non-toxic spray and it will clean, disinfect, and protect your surfaces.

Re-spraying is only necessary 4 times per year. Save time and money by disinfecting quarterly, not hourly, and experience the Shield 88 difference. Contact us today to request a quote!