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Touchpoint Cleaning in Childcare Facilities 

Touchpoint Cleaning in Childcare Facilities 

A child picks up a toy from the floor and puts it in her mouth. Then her friend takes the toy and begins to chew on it. This scene was not stolen from an infection control director’s nightmare. It happens daily in America’s childcare facilities. Due to the habits of these lovable young children, childcare facilities face an uphill battle when it comes cleaning.  

In order to protect the health and wellbeing of the children in their care, childcare providers must routinely clean touchpoints throughout their facility. ElectroChemically-Activated (ECA) cleaning solutions are the perfect match for safe, effective cleaning in childcare facilities. 

Know Your Touchpoints 

Eighty percent of infections occur from items people touch every dayalso known as touchpointsIn a child care facility, touchpoints include toys, books, highchairs, and just about anything a child can reach. Because of the high risk of disease transmission in a childcare facility, touchpoints must be cleaned at least once per daythough some must be cleaned after every use. Pay special attention to the following critical surfaces. 

 

Clean and sanitize after every use: 

  • Changing tables  
  • Potty chairs 
  • Highchairs 
  • Work or play tables 
PathoSans Touchpoint Cleaning Childcare

Know your touchpoints.

Clean and sanitize daily: 

  • Restrooms 
  • Toys 
  • Books  
  • Puzzles  
  • Doorknobs 
  • Light switches 
  • Tap handles 
  • Other high-contact areas 

 

Understand the Difference Between Cleaning and Disinfecting 

In order to remove pathogens and prevent the spread of disease, the CDC recommends a two-step process. Step one is cleaning, or removing unwanted matter from surface or object. This can be done with PathoCleana low-toxicity sodium hydroxide cleaning solution. Cleaning removes soil and other unwanted matter from a surface, but it does not kill bacteria. After cleaning, PathoCide, a ready-to-use sanitizer and disinfectant composed of hypochlorous acid solution can be applied to kill dangerous pathogens such as norovirusMRSAand E. coli. In the germ-ridden world of childcare, the two-step process helps prevent dangerous outbreaks. 

 

Skip Harsh Chemicals

Though your first instinct may be to reach for a bottle of bleach when it’s time to disinfectECA solutions are a safer alternative in sensitive environments. Bleach spilled on the skin, splashed in the eyes, or ingested can be very dangerous, and consistent exposure to bleach can cause coughing, irritation, burning, blistering, and even delirium. Additionally, bleach must be properly diluted with water before use. 

PathoSans ECA solutions require no diluting or mixing, are non-toxic, and kill 99.999% of bacteria. Other cleaning products contain irritating fragrances, which can cause asthma attacks or other respiratory problems. PathoSans is fragrance-free and validated as a non-irritating cleaning product.  

 

Protect Health and Safety

Childcare providers have a responsibility to protect the health and safety of the children in their care. By cleaning touchpoints with an ECA solution, they can ensure a clean, welcoming environment. 

 

Sources: 

https://www.epa.gov/childcare/resources-about-green-cleaning-child-care-providers 

https://www.preschool-plan-it.com/sanitizing-toys.html 

http://www.cleaning-for-health.org/files/2011/07/childcare.pdf 

https://www.cdc.gov/infectioncontrol/guidelines/disinfection/cleaning.html  

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