Evaluation Tools by fjwuxn


									E. General Cleaning Activities
E.1                                Don’t use brooms and feather dusters.                Brooms and feather dusters flick dust into the
Are brooms and feather dusters                                                          air. The other cleaning tools do a better job of
used to clean floors, shelves,     Clean surfaces with cleaning tools that trap and     collecting and holding dust.
and other surfaces?                hold dust, such as dust push mops, wet mops,
                                   vacuum cleaners, microfiber cloths, and damp
Check storage rooms and areas      cloths.
for brooms and feather dusters.
                                                 OK          See Notes
E.2                                Clean these surfaces at least every three months     These surfaces are often neglected. They collect
How often are the following        by vacuuming or wiping with a damp cloth,            significant amounts of dust and allergens. The
surfaces cleaned:                  preferably using a microfiber cloth.                 dust on these surfaces can become airborne and
      blinds,                                                                          the particles are inhaled from time to time, for
      curtains,                                OK           See Notes                  example, when air flows across the area and
      bookshelves and their                                                            when objects are moved. Also, food crumbs
         tops,                                                                          tend to collect in areas were food is stored,
      cupboard shelves and                                                             which can attract pests.
         their tops,
      ventilation supply and
         return diffusers.

Check rooms for significant
visible dust, crumbs, and
staining of furniture and vents.
E.3                                Clean upholstered furniture by vacuuming at          Upholstered furniture tends to collect a lot of
How often is upholstered           least weekly.                                        dust, including pet allergens, mold spores, dust
furniture cleaned by                                                                    mites, pollen, and other contaminants. If
vacuuming? This includes                        OK           See Notes                  cleaning is neglected, these surfaces may
couches, armchairs, bean bags,                                                          actually have higher levels of allergens than
and cushions.                                                                           other surfaces.

Check upholstered furniture for
dustiness and stains.
E.4                                Raise the temperature for the laundry water to at    Dust mites, which are commonly present in
At what temperature are fleecy     least 120 F; if possible, to 130 F while           these items, are only effectively killed at high
items laundered (e.g., stuffed     keeping the hand washing water at 120 F             temperature (preferably 130 F). Pet allergens,
toys, cushions, blankets, play                                                          mold spores and other asthma triggers are more
clothes, etc.)?                    Instruct parents to wash and dry bedding at the      effectively extracted at high wash temperatures.
                                   highest temperature settings.                        Hand washing water cannot exceed 120 F,
                                                                                        under Minnesota Rules for child care centers.
                                                  OK         See Notes
E.5                                Launder blankets, sheets, pillow covers, and the     Bedding, clothes, and stuffed toys are a breeding
How often are:                     like at least weekly, whenever they are wet or       area for dust mites, and can collect large
     blankets, sheets, and        soiled, and when a new child is given the            amounts of pet allergens attached to children’s
        pillow covers washed?      sleeping area (use a disinfectant when soiled        clothes. These items may also become
     pillows washed?              with bodily fluids).                                 contaminated with viruses and bacteria. Pillows
     play dress-up clothes                                                             can have high levels of mold, bacteria, and dust
        washed?                    Launder pillows twice a year in the hottest water    mites, and should be washed periodically. The
     dolls, toys, and the like    temperature possible.                                bedding cleaning frequency is required under
        washed or sanitized?                                                            Minnesota Rules for child care centers.
                                   Launder dress-up clothes weekly in the hottest
                                   water temperature possible, when the clothes are
                                   being used.

                                   Launder or sanitize dolls, toys and the like every
                                   three months in the hottest water temperature
                                   possible (sanitize these items when mouthed or

                                                OK           See Notes
E.6                                Clean kitchen floors, counters, and other areas     Food crumbs and standing water attract pests,
How often are kitchen floors,      daily that collect crumbs and have spills using a   and can encourage mold or bacterial growth.
counters, refrigerator, and oven   sanitizer.                                          Grease and carbon build-up on the interior of an
cleaned?                                                                               oven can produce fine particle pollution as it is
                                   Clean the interior and behind the stove and         burned off during oven operation.
Check kitchen cleanliness:         refrigerator yearly, including the refrigerator
      floors and counters         drain pan.
      carbon build-up inside
         oven                                    OK          See Notes
      cleanliness around the
         sides and back of
         oven and refrigerator.
E.7                                Clean hallways daily, by wet or dry mopping         Hallways are high traffic areas that need daily
How often are hallways cleaned     smooth floors and vacuuming carpets.                cleaning, to control the accumulation of dust,
thoroughly?                                                                            moisture, and allergens. Dirt, mud, and water
                                   Perform spot cleaning to remove spills and          that is present in front of entrances will increase
Check hallways:                    tough soiling.                                      the amount of dirt brought into the building and
    dusty and stained                                                                 reduce the effectiveness of walk-off entrance
        surfaces                   Store shoes on a smooth, easy to clean surface,     mats. This may contribute to higher levels of
    wet or muddy                  such as a container, cubby, or a smooth floor.      mold and bacteria throughout the building.
    shoes on carpet                                                                   Shoes that are removed should be placed on a
                                                 OK          See Notes                 smooth cleanable surface that doesn’t absorb
                                                                                       water or dirt.
E8                                 Clean bathrooms daily, by mopping floors,           Daily cleaning will help to control the spread of
How often are bathrooms            disinfecting toilets and seats, and sanitizing      viruses. It should also help to remove any
cleaned?                           fixtures.                                           bacteria or mold that can grow in damp and dirty
                                                                                       areas. Minnesota child care center rules require
Check bathrooms for dusty and                 OK          See Notes                    daily bathroom cleaning.
stained surfaces.
E.9                           Remove garbage daily from rooms and when full.           Moisture and rotting food can collect under
How often is trash removed                                                             plastic liners and around the waste basket. This
from the building?            Store garbage away from the building, in a               will result in mold or bacteria growth and it may
                              covered container.                                       attract pests.
Check trash containers in
rooms:                        Place plastic liners in every garbage container.
      overflowing trash      Replace the liner as needed when waste adheres
      no plastic liner.      to the liner.
      contaminated under
         the liner            Check under the liner daily. Clean soiled surfaces
                              and replace the liner when soiling is evident
                              under the liner.

                                             OK            See Notes
E.10                           Clean chalkboards, white boards, and the ledges         Chalk dust as well as the chemicals in markers
How often are the chalkboards, with a damp cloth at least twice a week.                may irritate the throat and lungs of asthmatics.
white boards, and their ledges                                                         The boards and ledges should not have a thick
cleaned?                                     OK            See Notes                   layer of chalk or marker dust.

Check boards in rooms.
E.11                               Clean erasers outside.                              When erasers are cleaned indoors, a lot of dust is
Where are chalkboard and                                                               released. This dust may trigger symptoms at
whiteboard erasers cleaned?                      OK          See Notes                 that moment. The dust from chalkboard and
                                                                                       whiteboard erasers will settle in the room, and
                                                                                       then later get back into the air.
E.12                               Perform all mopping, vacuuming, and dusting         Cleaning pushes dust into the air and cleaning
At what time of day is routine     after children have left or on weekends, except     products may release chemicals into the air.
cleaning typically done (except    to spot clean during the day.                       This may cause discomfort and health symptoms
for spot cleaning for spills)?                                                         in sensitive individuals.
                                                 OK          See Notes

                                                                                                                               Rev 8/07


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