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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.