What is Deep Cleaning? Well, Deep Cleaning is when we do a more thorough and more intensive clean of part of the buildings. This could be a classroom, a communal area, a office or on one of the boarding units. Full deep cleans of the entire site are carried out every summer, once the end of the summer term arrives and is planned way in advance. During the Easter Break, we do a partial deep clean of the communal areas in Junior House, Sick Bay and the gym and Swimming Pool Changing Rooms.
We use stronger chemicals than are used during term time. These are either Germicidal Cleaners, which are extremely destructive to pathogenic microorganisms, steam, (Which is another way of killing pathogens) Finally, there is good old Sodium Hypochlorite, aka Bleach. Bleach is rarely used. However, there are some situations where I need to use it. (Tonight for example)
A couple of the Junior Boarders have caught the Noro Virus, (Sickness and Diarrhoea bug) and have been taken to Sick Bay. (They are both being barrier nursed in side rooms) So their rooms have had to be deep cleaned, which involved using a diluted Bleach solution:
- Removing and changing the curtains
- Removing and changing all bedding
- Wiping down the walls, window sills, ceiling, skirting boards, beds, mattresses, wardrobes, light fittings, window frames, light switches, sockets and door handles
- Steam cleaning the carpet
The toilet they had both used, which includes:
- Using a diluted Bleach solution, Wiping down the walls, cubical partitions, cubical doors, ceiling, window sills, window frames, sinks, toilets, pipes, bins, tiles and light fittings
- Mop the floor and remove slurry with a wet and dry vacuum cleaner.
Once I had completed the deep clean, I took the buckets to the Sluice room and washed them out using boiling water and Germicidal Cleaner. I also washed the inside of the wet and dry out in the same way and also the hose and head. I took the boys bedding and curtains, idrty clothes and all the cloths I had used and the mop heads to the laundry, in red infected laundry bags. (They will be washed in separates machines to the normal laundry and will be washed on a “hot wash cycle”. Finally, the apron, gloves and foot protectors used went into the clinical waste bin in the sluice room.
After 8pm, we do not have any housekeepers on site, so it was up to me to get the job done. It is not nice working with runny poo, believe me! 😦