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Classroom Cleaning Checklist

Updated March 23, 2017

Many teachers aim to maintain a classroom that is clean and conducive to learning. Because classrooms commonly are packed with learning material, cleaning the space can present a challenge. To ensure that classroom space is cleaned effectively, individuals charged with maintaining cleanliness systematically move through the space and carefully clean each element of the classroom environment.

Wash Chalkboards or Whiteboards

Traditional chalkboards, or the modern equivalent of whiteboards, grace almost every classroom wall. When cleaning a classroom, this writing surface commonly is washed. Chalkboards can be washed effectively with just water and a cloth. Cleaning a whiteboard effectively requires whiteboard or glass cleaner.

Dust Bookshelves and Tables

As students move about the room, they often throw up dust in their wake. This dust commonly settles on bookshelves and tables. Remove this dust using cleaning fluid and a cloth or an electrostatic dust cloth. Dust removal is important as some students are bothered by the presence of dust, and may be distracted from the task of learning.

Organise Classroom Reading Materials

When students root through classroom libraries, the materials often end up in disarray. When cleaning the classroom, individuals should re-shelve any books that have fallen to the floor or rearrange any shelved books that are not in the proper order.

Clean Desks With Antibacterial Cleaner

Classroom desks can be a hotbed for germs. To reduce the likelihood of disease transmission, desks should be cleaned with an antibacterial cleaner. Some teachers elect to provide students with antibacterial wipes and allow them to clean the desks themselves, while others opt to use cleaner and a cloth after school.

Clean Marks From Walls

When students brush against walls as they move about the room, they often leave scuff or pencil and pen marks. These marks often can be removed with an industrial grade cleaner. By checking the classroom walls for marks and tending to them regularly, those charged with cleaning a classroom can save time at the end of the year.

Sweep and Mop the Floor

Classroom floors generally are swept daily. Hardwood floors are swept with a standard broom or dust mop. Carpeted floors are vacuumed. Hard surface floors are mopped on a regular basis, while carpeted floors should receive professional cleaning at least once a year.

Empty Classroom Trashcan

Emptying the classroom rubbish bin generally is the last and easiest classroom chore. Generally, the janitorial staff empties all trashcans at the conclusion of a school day and disposes of the trash in one centralised location.

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Erin Schreiner is a freelance writer and teacher who holds a bachelor's degree from Bowling Green State University. She has been actively freelancing since 2008. Schreiner previously worked for a London-based freelance firm. Her work appears on eHow, Trails.com and RedEnvelope. She currently teaches writing to middle school students in Ohio and works on her writing craft regularly.