Remove, Improve, Protect in Schools

It is common sense that good cleaning practices in schools will help prevent the spread of infectious disease, there have been numerous studies to support this and below is snippet from an abstract from just one.

The presence of microorganisms on common classroom contact surfaces was determined to identify the areas most likely to become contaminated. Six elementary classrooms were divided into control and intervention groups (cleaned daily with a quaternary ammonium wipe) and tested for heterotrophic bacteria. Three classrooms were also tested for norovirus and influenza A. Frequently used surfaces were the most contaminated; water fountain toggles, pencil sharpeners, keyboards and faucet handles were the most bacterially contaminated; desktops, faucet handles and paper towel dispensers were the most contaminated with viruses. Influenza A virus was detected on up to 50% and norovirus on up to 22% of surfaces throughout the day. Children in the control classrooms were 2.32 times more likely to report absenteeism due to illness than children in the intervention classrooms and were absent longer (on average). Improved classroom hygiene may reduce the incidence of infection and thus student absenteeism.

Authors: Kelly R. Bright, PhD, Stephanie A. Boone, MPH, PhD, and Charles P. Gerba, PhD

School Washrooms 

Washrooms and toilets in schools and education facilities are high risk areas. Often referred to as bio-waste transfer stations due to the number of pathogens present and how easily they can be transferred from fittings to humans and from humans to humans. Traditional cleaning has the operative touching toilets and often mopping floors, which moves dirt around rather than removes it. Our Remove, Improve, Protect method is the more effective way of cleaning washrooms.

Remove

The very best method to clean washrooms using our ‘remove’ process is with either the Kaivac No-Touch Cleaning machines, where washrooms are waterproof, or with the Kaivac OmniFlex or washrooms with water sensitive surfaces. Both methods are more dignified for the operative, faster and give superior consistent results which can be scientifically proven. 

Using the no-touch cleaning process, all contaminants on fixtures and fittings are first loosed by the application of water and chemical and then washed to the floor. Most of the problem in a toilet is in the floor due to dirty grout lines from continual mopping. Floors are hygienically cleaned by the application of water and chemical, allowing dwell time and if necessary, agitation, then all contaminants are removed by our high flow fluid extraction process.

Improve

Cleaning with this process will show remarkable results, even the first time. Then every time the process is used this further improves the cleanliness of the washroom.

By taking ATP measurements before and after the process we can show results instantly. Our findings show that the after ATP readings are on average less than 10, which would be classed as a pass in a food preparation unit.

Protect 

Once surfaces have been properly cleaned, we suggest protecting them with Zoono Z-71 Microbe Shield which will give prolonged protection in compariosn to a standard disinfectant. We recommend main touch points should be treated every 7 days and the whole washroom fogged or sprayed every twenty-one days for the very best protection.


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School Desks and Table

Remove

Desks and tables can be some of the most contaminated areas in a school, effective cleaning of these flat surfaces in schools, can be achieved by using our KaiFly method. 

The KaiFly method combines the use of microfibre, a window squeegee and chemical injection technologies to rapidly remove harmful contaminants. 

In tests conducted by an independent laboratory, the KaiFly system removed more than 99.9% of targeted bacteria, when used with just plain tap water. KaiFly removes six times more soil and bio contaminants than conventional methods, such as microfiber towels, cloths and rags.

KaiFly also cleans in half the time of traditional methods, increasing worker productivity.

Improve

Cleaning with the KaiFly process will show remarkable results, even the first time. This method is also very consistent and we can show through ATP testing that the last desk in the classroom is as clean as the first, unlike traditional methods that tend to spread dirt and germs from one desk to another.

Protect 

Once desks and tables have been cleaned, we suggest protecting them with Zoono Z-71 Microbe Shield which will give prolongede protection against bacteria and virus. We recommend that school desks and tables should be treated every 21 days for maximum protection along with normal daily cleaning processes as above.


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School Kitchens and Canteens 

1. High risk because of grease and spills causing slip and fall accidents, with sharp objects and boiling liquids increasing the likelihood of a catastrophic accident.

2. High risk because food preparation areas can transfer bacteria and viruses to the human body via food, one of the fastest ways to cause infection.

Remove

The best way of applying our high flow fluid extraction (remove) method in a kitchen is with the Univac. Due to the complexity of a kitchen layout,  with often many work areas, as well as ovens, shelving, the type of flooring and necessity to remove oils and fats, the battery Univac allows for fast removal of soils even under kitchen equipment.

Kitchen worksurfaces and canteen tables can be cleaned using the KaiFly method as for desks and tables.

Improve

Cleaning with this process will show remarkable results, even the first time. This system is also very consistent in use, we can show through ATP testing that kitchen floor is left clean enough to eat off and grease free, virtually eliminating slip and fall accidents. Our Univac can also be used for quick clean-up of spills, leaving the surface completely dry in seconds. 

Protect 

Once the kitchen has been cleaned, we suggest protecting the whole area with Zoono Z-71 Microbe Shield which will give prolonged protection against bacteria and virus.


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