Spring clean your school equipment: a checklist

A checklist to spring clean your school equipment. Learn how to clean your school safely and ensure that both staff and pupils are protected in our blog.

Published: May 14, 2020

With more pupils heading back to school next month, it’s time to make sure that your school equipment has been cleaned and sanitised for the health and safety of both pupils and staff.

In our latest blog, we offer some useful tips to help you put a spring cleaning checklist together. If you’d like to learn how to clean your school safely and ensure that both staff and pupils are protected, read on and find out how to spring clean your school equipment.

Government advice

If you would like to give your school a thorough clean ahead of students returning, here is some guidance to follow from Gov.uk:

  • You should always wear disposable or washing-up gloves and aprons for cleaning
  • You should also use disposable cloths for all cleaning
  • The first step is to ensure you thoroughly clean hard surfaces with warm soapy water. After this, should you disinfect these surfaces with regular cleaning products
  • It is important that you pay particular attention to areas and surfaces that are frequently touched by staff and pupils. These include bathrooms, grab-rails in corridors and stairwells, and door handles
  • After cleaning, you should ensure that protective equipment and disposable cloths are double-bagged and stored securely for 72 hours before being thrown away in the regular rubbish
  • During the cleaning process, you should make sure that you wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • You should also make sure that you thoroughly wash your hands after gloves, aprons and other protection used while cleaning have been removed

Spring cleaning checklist

In addition to the areas mentioned above, here are examples of some of the things you may want to put on your checklist if you want to spring clean your school equipment:

1. Sanitising water coolers

2. Re-stocking vending machines

3. Cleaning cookers (or possibly ordering new ones if yours have possibly seen better days!)

4. De-cluttering school libraries

5. Thoroughly cleaning all desks and chairs

6. Giving all bathrooms a thorough once over (and maybe even ordering some new energy-efficient hand dryers too!)

While many questions remain regarding the long-term impact that the COVID-19 crisis will have on schools, at Utility Rentals we want to reassure our customers that we will still be here to support you. To find out more about how we can work with your school during the current social distancing measures, please contact our team.


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