Should Playground Surfaces be Cleaned Routinely

Ask any parent and they’ll agree that once their children start school, they endure endless rounds of illnesses. Children don’t think about spreading bacteria, viruses or fungi. That’s a job best left to adults. The CDC and other health-related organizations and entities recommend that outdoor playground equipment at schools and public venues be regularly cleaned to protect against communicable illness and disease.

Some of the most germ-laden playground equipment are baby swings, rock climbing walls, seesaws and slides, with an average of 52,000 times more bacteria than a toilet seat. Merely cleaning playground equipment isn’t enough. Cleaning removes dirt and impurities. Disinfecting destroys bacteria.

It’s not realistic or financially feasible for schools, daycare centers and cities to clean all the playground equipment by hand. Pressure washing isn’t an option since it will damage the finish on metal items and can degrade plastics. Common household bleach is a disinfectant, but causes colors to fade and is detrimental to grass and mulch.

Rubbing alcohol is effective and dries quickly, but surfaces must remain wet for at least 4 minutes and is only effective for approximately 24 hours. Disposable disinfectant wipes are effective and provide a cost-effective solution for indoor play equipment at schools, daycare centers and similar settings. However, it’s very time consuming and not applicable for outdoor equipment.

That’s when the services of a professional sanitation provider can be of immense help. The companies have disinfecting formulas that are safe for children and the environment. They also have the necessary equipment, such as electrostatic sprayers, to quickly and efficiently treat playground surfaces.

It’s important for any environment where children are present to be regularly wiped down to mitigate the spread of communicable diseases and illnesses. Disposable disinfectant wipes are a cost-effective solution for wiping down high-touch surfaces in a multitude of indoor situations.

At Crown Products, we create high-quality, focused products that, in essence, improve the quality of life for everyone who uses your facilities and public spaces. Visitors benefit from a cleaner space and resources to keep it clean, staff can focus on important maintenance rather than cleaning up litter and waste, and you can enjoy a pristine and appreciated space!

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