The Dirtiest Areas of a School

The Dirtiest Areas of a School


With the start of the new school term, time has come for the the influx of kids to roam the halls and classrooms for another year. Not only does that mean the return of activity to the school grounds, but also the return of countless germs, dirt and general mess that comes with the presence of pupils.

This month, we’re taking a look at the dirtiest areas of the school, and why dedicated school cleaning is essential for any educational facility.


The cafeteria is a popular congregation spot for students and teachers alike, and becomes a hive of activity every lunchtime. Naturally, the presence of so many different foods and drink – along with hundreds of people – brings with it muck and dirt of all kinds. Muddy shoes, spills and stains on the floor and table surfaces, germs transmitted through coughs, sneezes, as well as all the grease and substances generated by the school kitchen, the lunchroom is a base for bacteria, and without thorough, daily cleaning will likely be one of the most unhealthy places to be in the school.


There are plenty of opportunities in the classroom for germs to thrive and transfer. Desks and chairs are used by many different students throughout the day, and pupils will be bringing in with them any mud or dirt they may have picked up from the outside – via their shoes, clothes or backpacks. Germs will steadily build up throughout the school day, on desktop surfaces and doorknobs especially, while carpets can also retain much of the dirt that is trailed inside from lesson to lesson. It’s easy for germs to transfer between students, through shared space and equipment, so your classrooms should be one of the most important targets for regular, professional cleaning.


After school clubs and dedicated pre-school nurseries can be the source of a surprising amount of germs and bacteria, mainly due to the fact that younger children are much less likely to understand – or be aware of – personal hygiene. All the toys, games and playtime equipment are shared constantly by toddlers, and it’s impossible to always control or regulate their use. This leads to toy-blocks, action figures, dolls and many other small, handheld playthings being nibbled, sucked, chewed or otherwise contaminated by the children at play. Combine that with things like unshielded coughs and sneezes, and you have a recipe for one of the most germ filled areas of the school.

Dedicated nursery cleaning is vital to maintain a high level of hygiene for children, teachers and parents alike.

Corridors and hallways

The main thoroughfares of any schools, the hallways and corridors pupils travel through – and generally loiter and mess around in – are filled with spots which constantly attract dirt and germs. Door handles are a main culprit, openly exposed to hundreds of pupils and teachers at all times, as are things like lockers, hand rails and even the walls themselves.

Perhaps to your surprise, drinking fountains are also a main source of germs, potentially hosting over 2,500,000 bacteria per square inch. Kids can avoid suffering any ill effects by not touching the spigot while taking a drink, and letting the water run for a few seconds before gulping anything down.

Regular cleaning and disinfection of the school hallways and corridors – and everything that encompasses – is vital for the prolonged hygiene of the school environment. Foot traffic is constant, and without regular cleaning, germs and nasty bacteria will generate and thrive wherever they can.

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