Tubes, tunnels, trampolines, slides, and climbing ropes can all be found in indoor playgrounds across the country. From fast-food restaurants to pay-for-play facilities, it is estimated that there are more than 15,000 of these playgrounds across the United States. It has also been estimated that over 750,000 children play in these areas every day. That’s a lot of playtime, and a lot of exposure to microbes for little busy-bodies.
Indoor playgrounds are notorious for harboring all kinds of “critters;” not just kids and over-ambitious parents, but nasty germs, allergens, and pathogens.
According to Erin Carr-Jordan, Executive Director of Kids Play Safe, swab samples taken from various play areas around the country have tested positive for pathogens that could not only make children very ill, but even some that are potentially deadly. Among the findings were: Staph aureus, Pseudomonas, E. coli, Bacillus cereus, and Coliforms.
If you own or work for a business that hosts an indoor play area, these pathogens are bad for business.
While indoor play areas come in many varieties, they all require regular maintenance and cleaning processes. Maintenance and cleaning can pose unique challenges due to the types of structures and spaces common to these indoor mazes, including:
- Ladders and stairs
- Ropes and webbing
- Soft or foam pieces
- Wheels and levers
- Sliding poles
- Both ground level and elevated structures
- Other accessories
To properly clean an indoor playground, you must have the knowledge and equipment necessary to properly disinfect each unique material and space. Since cleaning slides and tunnels can vary from how you would sanitize each individual foam piece, you can expect to need access to several types of cleaning equipment and products.
Let’s be honest; purchasing the required equipment and products yourself can get costly, and then you need to add the expense of properly training your staff. Plus, it would accrue additional costs for paid staff time if they do not know how to clean the playground efficiently.
If you’re sick and tired (hopefully not literally!) of dealing with the health risks associated with improper cleaning of indoor playgrounds, ServiceMaster Green is here for you. Not only are we available for annual maintenance of regular carpet cleanings, we also provide a number of specialty cleaning services which includes indoor playgrounds. We value quality work, so we will plan with you from the beginning and work with you to develop a specialized plan for your cleaning needs.
Kids don’t wait to play. Neither do microscopic annoyances. If your Des Moines, IA business has a play area that you are ready to have cleaned by professionally tailored services, contact us today!