cleaning routineHygieneDaycare Cleaning Checklist

January 25, 20220

Running a daycare comes with a continuous battle against germs. Especially with current events, many clients put a higher emphasis on cleanliness and the well-being of everyone that is a part of your daycare. Providing the best possible environment for kids means having a strong daycare cleaning checklist for bathrooms, playrooms, and the kids themself.

We break down proven ways to reduce the spread of germs with a list of daily, weekly, and monthly cleaning regimens.

Daily Cleaning

  • Wipe and spray down toys at the end of each day and return them to their designated spot.
  • Clean up and organize all art and craft supplies.
  • Check mats, linens, and sleeping pads for soil and wash after each use.
  • Clean and sanitize kitchen equipment, sinks, and countertops.
  • Sweep and mop your daycare center’s floors and vacuum all rugs and soft surfaces.
  • Disinfect doorknobs, cabinets, and light switches as well as all phones and computers.
  • Clean bathrooms by scrubbing toilets with bleach. Disinfect all countertops, sinks, and surfaces at the end of each day.
  • Wash all linens before returning them to beds or changing tables.


Weekly Cleaning

  • Disinfect and wash all soft toys, dress-up clothes, or special play items.
  • Wipe down and disinfect books & bookshelves.
  • Clear out cubbies and wipe inside and out with disinfectant wipes or spray.
  • Do a deep clean of art supplies and craft areas.
  • Wipe down cribs and changing tables, thoroughly clean with bleach or disinfectant; making sure to get under the mats and pads.
  • Change out linens and wash and fold the old ones.
  • Do a deep clean of the center and all activity rooms. This should include dusting
  • hard-to-reach places as well as wiping down the walls.
  • Deep clean the bathrooms and be sure to get hard-to-reach places like behind the toilet and underneath the countertops. Spray and wipe down bathroom walls and stalls.
  • Deep clean the kitchen and food prep areas, including kitchen equipment and utensils. This should include a deep clean of the fridge and cabinets. Check all food and beverages for expiration. Throw out anything that is old or will not be used.
  • If your center uses a car or van for transportation, do a deep clean of the inside. Make sure to vacuum thoroughly. Wipe down all door and window handles as well as all surfaces inside the vehicle, including windows.


Monthly Cleaning

  • Check the plumbing and drains. Look for leaks or possible clogs.
  • Deep clean windows, blinds, and curtains.
  • Deep clean behind furniture; vacuum and dust baseboards and windowsills.
  • Deep clean shelves, closets, and all storage areas and containers. Be sure to take everything out and wipe it down with disinfectant before reorganizing.


Professional Cleaning

  • Deep clean carpets or upholstery a few times a year to ensure there is no buildup of bacteria in heavy traffic areas. This will also help to treat stains as well as prevent them from happening.
  • Clean air ducts to ensure air is free from mold and dust buildup.
  • Deep clean and polish hardwood floors
  • Deep clean bathrooms and kitchens. Extensively cleaning the grout will minimize the accumulation of germs, mildew and bacteria.


Products You Need

In-Cide: For daily disinfecting you want to use a neutral pH cleaner that can be used regularly for high traffic areas. 


Oxy-Powder Bleach: For linens, you want to use something that removes stains effectively but doesn’t damage and fade the color.


Active-ate: For maintaining drains you can use a cleaner that breaks down buildup found in pipes before they become clogged.


Peroxy-Kling: For Carpets, use a product that oxidizes soils and stains, destroys odors and provides color-safe bleaching action while leaving a pleasant fragrance.


Make sure you protect what matters by cleaning every part of your daycare. Having a simple routine can help the credibility of your business and leave a good impression on customers.

At Theochem Laboratories, we’d love to work with you in person to help you create a perfect cleaning plan for your business.

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