As students prepare to return to campus and faculty finalize fall semester planning, analyzing the success of your current cleaning program and ensuring that it meets the standards of keeping campus healthy and safe is vital.
Starting off with a good impression is important, and that starts with welcoming people into a clean environment the second they step onto campus. Reviewing your current cleaning program, searching for areas of improvement, and understanding what makes a quality cleaning program will set you up for long-term success.
Adjusting Back to In-Person Learning
As many universities return to in-person or hybrid class settings, it is crucial that campus facility employees ensure cleanliness and sanitation levels exceed expectations. Between students, professors, faculty and staff, there will be a significant increase in occupants taking up shared spaces, leading to an easier spread of everyday infections, illnesses, and germs. This JLL study explains how campus cleanliness is now playing a large factor in parents deciding which university they feel comfortable sending their child to. In fact, 48% of parents feel it is a top-three consideration when looking at potential schools. When it comes to classrooms, dormitories, cafeterias and study spaces, families want transparency into how often these places are being cleaned and assurance that routine maintenance checks are being conducted.
Taking measurable preventions prior to the school year beginning is an effective way to prepare for a clean and safe start to the school year. Summer break is a perfect opportunity to take advantage of the lower population around campus to deep clean spaces, check on maintenance issues, restock supplies and reset for the next school year.
Preventing the spread of illness and infection is an important aspect of any workplace, and while it’s important to keep students safe, it’s just as important for educators as well. This article from Insights For Professionals discusses how a work environment and cleanliness can affect employee performance. While the article is geared toward corporate offices, the same topics covered can equally affect educators. A school that is not clean can create a negative impression for campus visitors, impact the mindset of students and staff, and negatively impact health and wellness.
An Eco-Friendly Solution
GSF USA’s Écologique Cleaning Program trains GSF employees on how to clean a facility sustainably, and effectively. Professionals are taught how to reduce waste by using sustainable and safe cleaning chemicals and tools that properly disinfect bacteria and fungi that often linger around facilities and contribute to virus outbreaks. They are also taught how to keep indoor air quality (IAQ) high, as poor air quality can affect people with allergies or asthma. As a Green Seal®-certified program, schools and universities can rest assured that facilities have been cleaned properly, and sustainably.
As bacteria and viruses evolve, so should your campus’s cleaning procedures. GSF USA is dedicated to helping facilities look their best with sustainable and long-term cleaning practices. Put your faculty and students at ease by welcoming them back to a clean campus that prevents the spread of everyday illnesses, infections and germs.