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I'm not convinced about the idea of hourly cleaning in nurseries/schools

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INeedNewShoes Thu 28-May-20 15:42:07

I don't think there are any other threads on this.

I am looking forward to DD returning to nursery in the coming days. Her nursery are taking a balanced approach in trying to protect against Covid-19 and in still being a warm and enjoyable setting.

However one of the (government's, I think?) policies is that all tables etc. should be 'cleaned every hour'.

Given that this is likely to be a generous spritz of antibacterial spray every hour, it has crossed my mind that these sprays contain harmful chemicals that frequent exposure to probably isn't a great idea.

I know that protecting the staff and the children is paramount where coronavirus is concerned but am I bonkers to be unhappy about the massive increase in exposure to harsh cleaning products that this is going to bring?

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Wingedharpy Thu 28-May-20 15:45:55

You're making an assumption there regarding choice of cleaning product.
It may well be just soap and water which is all that is needed.

Don't know what to think about hourly cleaning though.

Camomila Thu 28-May-20 16:27:20

Hourly cleaning of tables shouldn't be too tricky/that different from normal (having worked in a nursery)
use the table for crafts - gets painty - clean
use it for lunch - gets food on - clean
use it to put sand tray on - clean
use it for tea - gets food on - clean

numberplate23 Thu 28-May-20 16:43:21

Yes I agree with your concern INeedNewShoes about the air in the school after hourly cleans being full of harmful chemicals.
I'm a cleaner and when I spray toilets I am conscious of breathing in the chemical mist which, on occasion, makes me cough.
They won't be using soap and water in spray bottles.

MidsummerMurder Thu 28-May-20 16:48:36

There are incredibly tight restrictions on what chemicals and cleaning products are permitted in primary schools, the majority of products I use at home can’t be used in school with children present.
Check with the office/premises officer if you like, but I’ve seen nothing that shows those restrictions have been lifted.

numberplate23 Thu 28-May-20 18:59:28

It's advisable to spray the chemical product onto the cloth used to wipe rather than the object to be cleaned, that helps to reduce a lot of the chemical mist in the air.
I don't often see people doing that.

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