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Back To School Commercial Cleaning Checklist From ServiceMaster Clean

Schools and universities can harbor plenty of germs, which makes regular cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting a must. If you didn’t get the deep cleaning done over the summer, it’s not too late. Follow this handy cleaning checklist from the experts at ServiceMaster Clean to get the academic year off to a clean and healthy start.

Importance of Janitorial Services

A reputable janitorial services company will keep your educational facility clean and well maintained. This in turn keeps the facility healthy and safe for your students and staff. Along with disinfecting the area and getting rid of germs, a thorough school cleaning can also help prevent allergens from building up and causing respiratory problems such as sneezing, difficulty breathing, and asthma attacks. In order to ensure your school is cleaned properly, have your janitorial services staff use a school cleaning checklist and mark off every step as they complete it.

If you’re not satisfied with your current commercial cleaning / janitorial services company, call ServiceMaster Clean PBM today at (410) 618-4527 for a free consultation. We offer commercial floor cleaning and janitorial services at competitive prices.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) explains that regular cleaning and maintenance of your school helps keep the facility healthier for students and faculty alike. Thorough school janitorial cleaning services and clean school floors can also help prevent any major issues, such as pest infestations, allergen buildup, and irritant accumulation.

School Cleaning Checklist

Make sure your floor maintenance cleaning technicians and janitorial services crew takes care of the following areas before school starts and then on a regular basis:


  • Dry and wet mop tile, wood, or vinyl floors. Refinish floors before the year school year starts.
  • Vacuum and clean carpets and rugs to eliminate any buildup, dust, or allergens.
  • Deep clean stained surfaces and deep clean them using an EPA-approved stain remover. By the way, you need SDS sheets available for all chemicals per EPA requirements.
  • Create a floor maintenance cleaning schedule with your service company far in advance of the school year.


  • Use a microfiber cloth and all-purpose cleaner or glass cleaner to wash walls and windows to remove dirt, dust, and allergens.
  • Wipe down lockers and cubbies


  • Mop bathroom floors.
  • Clean the toilets inside and out.
  • Wipe down the stall doors, toilets, toilet paper holders, and toilet handles
  • Clean the sinks and mirrors, and faucet handles.
  • Wipe down walls, doors, and door handles.
  • Focus on all handles for sanitization.
  • Check that the plumbing and drains are working properly.


  • Spray or power wash outdoor recreational equipment such as playgrounds, benches, picnic tables, etc.
  • Wash indoor recreational equipment.
  • Wipe down often-used athletic gear such as balls to eliminate germs.
  • Carefully sanitize mats and areas exposed to bodily fluids


  • Power wash dirty structures, including the school’s exterior walls, signs, or sidewalks. This includes gum removal and graffiti removal if needed.
  • Inspect exterior lighting to ensure it is functioning properly. Replace any non-working light bulbs.


  • Check the lighting in each classroom, hallway, and office. Remove the cover or shades on fixtures to wipe away any dust or debris. Clean those vents!
  • Ensure that all light fixtures have functioning bulbs, and replace those that are no longer working.
  • Make sure cleaning is top down. You don’t want to bring dust on a freshly cleaned and waxed floor or onto clean desks!

Your school grounds should look fresh and shiny for a new year of learning. If you need a professional cleaning service to take care of your school, contact the experts at ServiceMaster Clean PBM today by calling (410) 618-4527 or use our contact form. We’ll work with you to create your own comprehensive cleaning schedule to fit your needs. We provide comprehensive commercial floorcare and special needs cleaning as well as daily janitorial services for public schools, private schools, community colleges and universities throughout Harford County, Baltimore County and Baltimore City.