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Why Schools Need To Be Disinfected Before Opening

Updated: Nov 27, 2021

Importance of disinfecting schools

It’s a no-brainer that schools need to be disinfected. Of course, we can all agree to that. But please pay attention to the title once again. here I used the word “disinfected” and not cleaned or sanitized. Of course, that’s the proper way to get rid of the virus right? But you’d be surprised to know that most people (that include even the janitorial teams of offices and schools) do not exactly know the difference between sanitizing and disinfecting. Obviously, they wouldn’t know the proper way to do it. Thus, offices or hotels and most importantly schools need people who are up to the task for it.

How is cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting different

Let’s look at how cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting differ exactly.

Cleaning removes germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces or objects using detergent, soap, and water. This process doesn’t kill germs but removes them, lowering the number and the risk of spreading infection.

Sanitizing lowers the number of germs on surfaces or objects to a safe level as judged by public health standards. But this doesn’t kill the germs or virus rather lowers the risk which is why disinfection is required.

Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces or objects using chemicals. Also, this process kills germs and is combined with cleaning. As a result, drastically reduces the risk of infection spread.

Why is disinfection a necessity to fight COVID-19?

To disinfect any surface or school spaces can be tricky. Since most people, even janitorial teams confuse sanitizing or cleaning with disinfection. Also, according to ISSA (The leading trade association for the cleaning industry worldwide), spray and wipe down methods can miss up to 50% of surfaces. Plus, a study conducted in 2008 revealed that only one-third of janitorial workers followed the needed dwell times listed on products. Well, wait….what are dwell times now? Well “dwell time” is the time required for the chemicals to stay wet on the surfaces to kill or get rid of the pathogens they contact. Thus, every disinfectant lists a “dwell time” on its label.

But even if you know what a dwell time is most in-house cleaner teams mix glass cleaner solution with disinfectants 46% of the time according to Steritech’s (the leading provider of operational excellence assessments) study conducted by a retail chain during the pandemic.

Corona Virus life span

Also, here’s a list of surfaces and the length of time the coronavirus can survive on them under ideal conditions according to Harvard Health:SurfaceLength of time the coronavirus can survive on the surfaceCopper4 hoursCardboard24 hoursPlastic2-3 daysSteel2-3 days

Now one look at the table you can see that most of these surfaces are of school furniture like benches, chairs, tables, whiteboards, etc. So we can see how the virus can survive on school compounds and furniture for hours maybe even days. Best of all making it essential that the virus gets killed for good by professional disinfection and not just sanitizing or cleaning.

So the point for the above lengthy paragraphs that can very easily fill pages enough for an essay is to convey the importance of disinfection before schools open. And that doesn’t mean to get the janitors or some in-house cleaners to sanitize or clean the places as we can see how ignorance or unprofessionalism can lead to the students, their parents, teachers, school staff, and their families paying a heavy price for it. But it means hiring actual professionals who know what they’re doing so that we don’t have another catastrophe in our hands after the schools open.

The initiative of sBusiness

We at sBusiness know what’s at stake right now. And the simplest bit of carelessness or ignorance can lead to huge ramifications. Therefore, sBusiness is now offering professional disinfection and sanitization services. Also, our aim is to provide the most efficient and reliable disinfection and sanitization services at your doorstep.

To order School or educational institute cleaning, disinfecting & sanitizing service dial +8801833309555 or visit

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