Keeping students and faculty learning and working in a clean and safe environment is a big undertaking. Effective cleaning protocols are more vital than ever and can lower absenteeism, increase productivity and improve indoor air quality.
The first step to putting an effective protocol in place for any school system is ensuring staff know the difference between cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting.
Cleaning vs. Sanitizing vs. Disinfection
It is common to confuse these three types of methods of removing unwanted dirt and germs.
Cleaning removes dirt and some germs, usually by using soap and water. In general, cleaning is the most mild form and is usually the focus in the classroom setting. Sanitizers reduce germs to safe levels and are more mild than disinfectants. Sanitizers are used majorly to clean things which are in human contact, like in the cafeteria.
Disinfectants are generally stronger than sanitizers and therefore, typically effective against a wider range of bacteria and viruses. They also don’t need to be used everyday. Custodial staff utilize both disinfectants and sanitizers in high touch areas like the nurse’s office, bathrooms, cafeterias, kitchens, drinking fountains, sink and door handles, and athletic facilities. It is always preferred for any of these methods to be used when students are not present.
An important thing to note to your staff about disinfectants is that if they are not used exactly to label instructions, they don’t work properly! Overuse of disinfectants does not provide any additional protection and can expose students and staff to additional chemicals unnecessarily.
Picking the Right Disinfectant
The disinfectants market was valued at a 23.7 billion dollar industry in 2020. With over 10 main types of disinfectants and thousands upon thousands of products on the market, it can be difficult to choose the best option. There are two simple ways that can help ensure the disinfectant used in your schools is safe and effective. Number one, ensure that the disinfectant is registered with the Environmental Protection Agency. Second, ensure that the disinfectant is listed on the EPA’s List N, the list of disinfectants proven effective against COVID-19.
How is SiShield Different?
SiS 200D RTU is a ready-to-use disinfectant is a patented disinfectant and microbiostatic agent combination that is water-based, durable, non-toxic, relatively safe, non-flammable, non-leaching and non-migrating, odorless and colorless. Some key differentiators of SiS 200 D RTU include:
- Saves valuable time as it is a cleaner, fungicide, virucide and deodorizer all in one
- Kills a broad spectrum of bacteria and pathogens, including Human Coronavirus Strain 229 E, H5N1 and MRSA
- Has antimicrobial properties and creates an invisible barrier to inhibit the growth of odor causing bacteria, mold and mildew
- Has the lowest EPA toxicity rating
- Can be used on both hard, non-porous surfaces and soft, porous surfaces
As preparations get underway for the 2021-2022 school year, get in touch to hear more about how SiShield can help improve the cleaning practices in your school system.