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The Importance of Clean Schools for Student Performance and Health

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When you think of back-to-school supplies, you probably picture pens, pencils, erasers, notebooks and more, but cleaning supplies are just as essential for helping students thrive. A clean learning environment not only enhances concentration and performance, but it can also improve the health of building occupants and even reduce your overall cleaning costs.

Cleanliness Increases Well-Being

An effective school cleaning and sanitation program can have a deep impact on students’ well-being, health and performance. 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 focus on their studies. They also keep building occupants healthy and significantly reduce illnesses that require frequent absences from the classroom.

Properly cleaning and disinfecting frequently-touched surfaces like doorknobs, cafeteria tables, library computer keyboards and desks can drastically reduce disease transmission via both indirect and direct contact with contaminated surfaces. Proper food waste disposal and management is also vital because these tasks reduce pests and the numerous diseases spread from mosquitoes, flies, cockroaches and other critters.

Indoor air quality is another important factor in student and teacher health. 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%.

Sanford Company is here to help you gain all these benefits through your cleaning program. If your back-to-school supply list includes paper products, disinfectants, mops, sponges and other cleaning supplies, start shopping our online catalog today to save!

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