A study, recently reported by Bunzl, a multinational distribution and outsourcing company based in London, wanted to
determine if more effective cleaning using three different cleaning technologies, could help reduce illnesses among school-age children, helping to reduce student absenteeism.
The study was conducted in the Southview Public School, part of the Limestone School District, located in Ontario, Canada.
To see if cleaning reduces student absenteeism the three cleaning technologies used in the test were:
1. Microfiber cleaning cloths
2. A No-Touch Cleaning System developed by Kaivac
3. Clorox’s Electrostatic Disinfection System.
It should also be noted that the researchers found an excessive amount of soil, often a breeding ground for pathogens, was being “walked” into the school. Because of this, “an AutoVac was also brought in to the school to help custodial workers stay on top of the situation,” says Marc Ferguson, vice president of global sales for Kaivac. “Quick cleans were performed throughout the day at entrances and hallways, helping to prevent soiling from accumulating.”
Along with determining if these products could help reduce absenteeism, the researchers also wanted to learn the following:
– If these systems, working together, could help reduce the time necessary to perform cleaning tasks
— If the use of these products improved cleaning effectiveness
– What the custodial laborers thought of working with these three cleaning technologies
Five locations were selected in three different classrooms in the Southview school. A total of 40 different surfaces were tested before using the three cleaning technologies. This helped determine the amount of contamination on the surfaces before cleaning as well as establish a benchmark. Then the same surfaces were tested again after cleaning.
Among the findings were the following: