With the upcoming holiday break for many colleges, universities, grade schools, high schools, and even preschools being just weeks away, it’s a natural time to think about a really thorough cleaning while the students are out of the classroom. Besides getting the New Year off to a fresh start, ServiceMaster Green wants to remind you of the benefits of educational cleaning when it comes to preventing the outbreak of contagious diseases.
Right now all over the United States we’re seeing outbreaks of the highly contagious Norovirus, which is most often spread in the winter months when people are naturally indoors more. According to the CDC, each year on average in the United States, Norovirus has the following effects on the US population:
- It causes 19–21 million cases of acute gastroenteritis (inflammation of the stomach or intestines or both).
- It leads to 1.7–1.9 million outpatient visits and 400,000 emergency department visits, primarily in young children.
- It contributes to about 56,000–71,000 hospitalizations and 570-800 deaths, mostly among young children and the elderly population.
High touch environments like schools and daycares are commonly affected by this nasty bug because children share door handles, keyboards, and desktops that could be infected with the virus. Epidemics of Norovirus can occur quickly because people can be contagious up to three days before symptoms occur, and in those days dozens of kids and educators can be affected.
ServiceMaster Green knows the value of keeping our kids in Des Moines safe and in school, not to mention the financial toll it can take on schools and parents when a school needs to be shut down because of a mass outbreak. For this reason, we recommend that during planned breaks is a perfect time to schedule an educational cleaning with us. Using our proprietary Capture and Removal Cleaning System, we combine our use of microfiber technology with our safe green cleaning methods to not only move dirt and bacteria around, but to also capture it. Our system removes airborne particulates and volatile organic compounds, leaving your school or daycare clean and safely sanitized without the use of harsh chemicals.
Our trained technicians know the best ways to clean hard surfaces, floors, and bathrooms, as well as any kitchen or break room facilities your school may have. Those hard to reach nooks and crannies and light fixtures are also cleaned to make sure that the entire area is a place where students and educators can grow and learn in a safe environment.
While your school is on break, call ServiceMaster Green of Des Moines to come in and help you achieve a cleaner, healthier building to come back to!