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The Importance of Cleanliness in School Facilities

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 18:56 -- Laura M. Pulliam

The last few weeks, we’ve been talking about first impressions and why they matter to your business, medical facility, church, etc. In the next couple of weeks, we’re going to be giving special attention to those institutions that serve as foundations for the community and the role that cleanliness plays in those institutions. Today let’s talk about schools. Whether you’re the principal of a small elementary school or the facilities director for a large university, you share in a desire of all those who serve in the education field to further your institution’s mission. While that mission may be unique to your particular context, I’d be willing to bet that at the heart of that mission is the desire to see today’s children and young adults expand their knowledge.

I’d also be willing to bet that, regardless of the age of your students, you have witnessed firsthand the distractibility of today’s youth. For the time being, let us leave the discussion of fault and blame for another forum and simply discuss the variables that we hold the power to change. One of those variables is the condition of our classrooms! First, let’s take a trip down memory lane. Most of us share a memory of studying for a test and being suddenly shaken by an unquenchable desire to clean our room. Turns out, there’s science behind this drive.

Several studies have been performed that reveal the benefits of cleanliness on one’s mental acuity. A study out of Indiana University revealed that people with clean homes are healthier than those with messy homes. A study out of Princeton University revealed that clutter can make one’s ability to focus quite fleeting. Basically, the more unnecessary input in our line of sight, the worse our ability to concentrate. So perhaps that insatiable desire you had to deep-clean your dorm room in college was actually your brain’s way of coping with the unnecessary input of dirt and dust!

With this data in mind, how might a cleaner educational facility impact your students? Consider the visual impact of scuffed VCT--Sonlight Cleaning Services can buff those marks out easily! Think about dusty mini-blinds in the classrooms--our janitorial service can take care of that! Did an overflowing toilet leave you with mildew in the hallway? Our experts in carpet care can not only clean, but also disinfect and deodorize to remove all signs of water damage.

Cleanliness is our business, just as education is yours. If you're an educational institution in the DFW area, Partner with Sonlight Cleaning Services-- let us work to our strengths so you can work to yours!