School Building Maintenance – Projects to Do When Building Unoccupied

school buildingDue to the pandemic, many students are at home learning. This is a prime time for school maintenance. Teachers and students are both absent from the school building for an extended period of time, and now is the perfect time to catch up on cleaning, disinfection and repair and maintenance projects that had to be put off when students and faculty occupied the building. Studies indicate that a well-maintained facility has a positive impact on student achievement.

What should be on the agenda for your school?

Floor Maintenance

Floors take a beating during the school year and now is the best time to clean and protect them in preparation for when students and faculty return to the building. Furniture can be more out of the way and products can be applied with proper drying time.

Window Maintenance

Windows do more than let the sunshine in! They also aid in scientific exploration, showcase art and serve as the starting line for daydreams. All of those activities lead to everything from smudges to cracks and defects. Windows can be thoroughly cleaned and replaced during this time.

Deep Cleaning Surfaces

Tabletops, counters and bathroom surfaces get wiped down during the year, but now is the time to do the job more thoroughly! According to the CDC, cleaning and disinfecting are important everyday actions schools can take to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases to protect students and staff. Cleaning physically removes germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces and objects by using soap or detergent and water. This process does not necessarily kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection. Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces or objects. Disinfecting works by using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces or objects. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, but by killing germs on a surface after cleaning, it can further lower the risk of spreading infection.

Now is a good time for school maintenance personnel to inspect, clean and review the following:

HVAC Systems

Filters and ducts should be inspected, updated and cleaned. Systems should be evaluated to ensure they are operating at peak efficiency.

Fire Safety and Emergency Alert Systems

Equipment and systems should be inspected and tested.

Security Systems

Worn or outdated equipment should be replaced if necessary.

Well maintained systems are key to school building maintenance, and it’s important for the development, health and safety of students and faculty. System4 Facilities Services Management can help make this process less stressful, reduce overall costs and improve efficiencies. System4 is an industry leader in commercial cleaning and disinfection, repair and maintenance programs. We specialize in creating customized janitorial and repair and maintenance programs to fit the unique needs of your facility. Contact System4 today to learn more about commercial cleaning, disinfecting and repair and maintenance programs.