How Does School Cleaning Impact Students?

Pens, pencils, notebooks, rulers… these are just some of the basic school supplies students need to do well in school, but they also need clean environments to thrive. Clean schools increase students’ well-being, improve health and even reduce overall janitorial expenses.

Cleanliness Enhances Well-Being

A good school cleaning and maintenance program can have a far-reaching effect on the well-being, health and performance of both students and teachers. Environmental researcher Dr. Michael Berry makes that clear in his report titled “The Contribution of Restoration and Effective Operation and Maintenance Programs on Indoor Environmental Quality and Educational Performance in Schools.” Dr. Berry states that “There is a demonstrated link between effective facility management programs for cleaning and maintenance and environmental quality of schools. The quality of the school environment…determines an overall sense of well-being and shapes attitudes of students, teachers and staff. Attitudes affect teaching and learning behavior. Behavior in turn affects teaching and academic performance.” 

Cleanliness Improves Health 

Clean spaces do more than just help students concentrate on writing, reading and learning. They also keep educators and students healthy and can significantly reduce sicknesses that require frequent absences from the classroom. 

Properly cleaning and disinfecting frequently-touched surfaces like cafeteria tables, doorknobs and desks can significantly reduce disease transmission via both indirect and direct contact with contaminated surfaces. Proper food waste disposal and management reduces pests and the numerous diseases spread from mosquitoes, flies, cockroaches and other critters. 

Getting rid of dust from surfaces and school floors removes some of the most common asthma triggers, including dust mite allergens, dander and mold spores. When you remove dust from the learning environment, you can minimize exposure to these triggers and create more positive health outcomes for students and teachers with allergies or asthma. 

Cleanliness Increases Savings

A strong school cleaning program also makes financial sense: According to the “Clean School Initiative,” a 2012 study, when a school is maintained and systematically cleaned daily, the overall cost of running the janitorial operation can go down by nearly 50%. 

Dutch Hollow Supplies is here to help you reap all these benefits through your cleaning program. If your back-to-school supply list includes disinfectants, microfiber cloths, brooms and mops and other cleaning supplies, start shopping our online catalog today! 

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