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Why Professional Cleaning for Your Educational Facilities Benefits Everyone

Calm the Chaos

It shouldn’t be a controversial statement to point out that schools can be pretty chaotic places. There are hundreds or even thousands of young people present every single day plus staff. They move around throughout the day and with that many people in close proximity to one another a daily mess is inevitable. The amount of ground to cover plus the sheer volume of people packed together so tightly means that even the commendable efforts of the hard-working custodial staff will likely be unable to keep pace with all of the cleaning that needs to be done everyday.

The fact of the matter is that your facilities need regular cleaning from professionals to ensure their cleanliness. Let’s take a look at some of the most pressing reasons why you need to hire a professional team for this immense task.

Fewer Student Absences

Even the most fastidious individuals can be vectors of disease, especially when they are packed into classrooms together. When hundreds of students are using the same classroom everyday, the spread of airborne germs is inevitable, and students will get sick. Given the current hyper-awareness of airborne illness especially, administrators should do everything in their power to prioritize a healthy environment.

Reduce the Spread of Germs

This is where regular cleaning from a professional crew is invaluable. It not only stands to reason that regular professional cleaning can reduce illness among students and thus fewer absences, there is science to back it up. A longitudinal study published this year in the Journal of Exposure Science & Environmental Epidemiology found that schools that implement regular, deep cleaning practices report a statistically significant decrease in the incidence of gastrointestinal illness among students. The study concluded that regular enhanced cleaning is an effective measure to promote a healthy school environment, which is a win for students, parents, and educators alike.

Better Outcomes for Students

Beyond the immediate health benefits of regular professional cleaning in schools, there is a growing body of evidence that school cleanliness improves academic performance among students.

The EPA has compiled a mountain of research that has demonstrated a positive relationship between school cleanliness and academic achievement of students. Students who attend well-maintained schools perform better on standardized tests, and what’s more is that it has been demonstrated that test scores in general increase with school cleanliness.

A joint study from Brigham-Young University and the Center for Facilities Research at APPAshowed that a lack of cleanliness became distracting to students at a level described as “casual inattention.” The study further reported that a vast preponderance of students, 84% of those surveyed, prefer school facilities to be “orderly spotless” or “ordinary tidiness.” Cleanliness of facilities was established to be the fourth most important factor to impact a student’s academic performance, further strengthening the need for regular professional cleaning.

Happier Staff

The secret for administrators to walk a happy path is a happy staff. It’s not just students who benefit from regular professional cleaning. Educators need to be able to teach their students in an environment that is conducive to learning.

A survey of teachers in Chicago and the District of Columbia found that almost 80% of them believed that the cleanliness of the school facilities had a significant impact on the quality of their instruction. Nearly half of those who gave their facilities a grade "C" or lower reported that they would think about leaving.

At the End of the Day You'll Save Money

What’s more is that a 2012 study by the Clean Schools Initiative found that schools with regular cleaning can save nearly 50% on the cost of janitorial services, which is a win for administrators working on a shoe-string budget.

A school that is regularly cleaned by a professional crew is a school that is better for everyone involved. If you’re ready to make a difference in the lives of students and staff alike, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Nieto Cleaning Company will find a cleaning service schedule that works perfectly for you!


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