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 day, also known as touchpoints. In 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 day, though some must be cleaned after every use. Pay special attention to the following critical surfaces.
Clean and sanitize after every use:
Work or play tables
Know your touchpoints.
Clean and sanitize daily:
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 a surface or object. This can be done with PathoClean, a 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 norovirus, MRSA, and 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 disinfect, ECA 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.
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