Tips For Sanitizing Your School Buses
It’s now more important than ever to remember that air sanitization and surface cleaning combined offer the most effective solution. The focus should not only lie on surface cleaning, but also the invisible airborne particles. As soon as the students step onto the bus, they bring with them bacteria and viruses that pass onto the surfaces and into the air.
There’s still a lot we don’t know about the coronavirus, which makes it even more of a challenge to disinfect school buses. Kids already seem to be germ magnets, and there are too many questions about asymptomatic carriers to know exactly how much cleaning is enough. There are also questions whether surface cleaning is enough. Many organizations such as the World Health Organization and the CDC have suggested that COVID-19 is spread through airborne transmissions (such as coughing and sneezing).
Organizations such as the National Education Association and American Federation of Teachers have outlined guidelines for cleaning buses during the pandemic, but it’s a good idea to adopt their standards in any circumstances. Here are some of their tips for sanitizing your school buses thoroughly.
Add To Supplies
Disposable disinfecting wipes can be effective in refreshing the bus between cleanings and routes. And ask your district if it’s possible to install hand sanitizer dispensers in buses for passengers.
Wear Protective Equipment
Rely on the safety data sheet for each cleaning product so you can be sure you’re selecting the appropriate personal protective equipment.
Have an Air Sanitizing System Installed
National Bus Sales offers a unique solution that utilizes the latest in air disinfection and cleaning technologies. The O2 Fresh Technology System traps and destroys allergens, mold, germs, and viruses, helping to create a safer traveling environment for students, drivers, faculty, and parents.
Disinfecting surfaces and foggers are only moderately effective and do not give full protection against virus transmission. Surface disinfection combined with air decontamination gives your bus the ultimate protection and safety against viruses that are primarily spread through the air.
Clean More Frequently
If buses are used several times a day, add more frequent, detailed disinfection at regular intervals and spot clean soil and stains. Additional staffing may be in order.
Never Skip a Step
Every cleaning should include protocols already in place, and these tasks include the following:
- Turning on the air sanitizing system
- Removing trash
- Addressing high-touch areas first, including seatbacks, buttons, pull cords, rails, steering wheels, door handles, shift knobs, dashboard controls, and stanchions
- Sweeping floors
- Wet-mopping floors
- Wiping heat and air conditioner vents
- Spot cleaning walls and seats
- Dusting horizontal surfaces
- Cleaning spills
- Sweeping or vacuuming
Tackle Stains Immediately
Clean surfaces and objects that are obviously soiled. If you suspect the presence of bodily fluids or blood, make sure you’re wearing protective gloves.
There’s no need to include air deodorizers in the cleaning process when you have the O2 Fresh Technology System on your bus; proper ventilation, air filtration, and UV light help sanitize the air and destroy odors. Deodorizers can irritate the eyes, nose, throat, and skin and trigger asthma attacks.
Wash Up Afterward
Even if you’ve gotten rid of every germ onboard the bus, spreading any lingering chemicals can be harmful, too, so make sure you wash up afterward.
Make sure workers are updated on cleaning practices every time a new product is introduced to the process and that they haven’t picked up bad habits like shortcuts.
At National Bus, we believe that these tips for sanitizing your school buses along with the O2 Fresh Technology System, are the best way to keep your student passengers safe. We also prepare every used school bus for sale with the most stringent cleaning standards. Contact us for more information about all our vehicles.