Every night, we clean a school near yours
We’re already active in your suburb. Every night we clean a school near yours. And what’s more, we offer the 5-Star Healthy Schools programme.
If you’re not a 5-Star School, you should be. It’s fast becoming the national benchmark. Let us tell you what it is…
The 5-Star Healthy Schools Programme explained
There is no national quality standard for cleaning schools. There are standards for cleaning hospitals and other organisations, but nothing is mandated for the cleaning of schools.
Your school could be exceptionally hygienic or it could be full of cross-contaminated surfaces, where the same cloths used to clean the bathroom sinks are cleaning your desks and eating surfaces and dirt is tracked-in from the outside world to your office. You can’t see the difference.
Or your school might be bacteria free, but the chemicals used to achieve the result are harsh and unhealthy for staff and students to breathe in for hours at a time.
The 5-Star Healthy Schools programme is the answer. It’s a national programme that has become the industry standard for how a school should be cleaned. It lays out a detailed approach to cleaning that, if followed, will see your school awarded bronze, silver or gold status under the programme. It’s an important achievement that can be used to raise staff morale and attract new enrolments.
Cleanworks is one of the first accredited cleaning companies to deliver the programme. You can work with us to develop a school cleaning plan in conformance to the programme, then an independent audit of the cleaning is carried out which will determine your current programme status.
Any deficiencies are highlighted to be addressed and you can continue to make changes until a Gold standard is achieved in subsequent audits.
Does it work? Genesis Christian College thinks so…
Genesis College reviews the 5-Star Healthy Schools programme
Genesis Christian College is situated in Bray Park, north of Brisbane. They made the decision to enrol in the 5-Star Healthy Schools programme 18 months ago.
Principal Brian Barker says:
“We were interested when Cleanworks put the programme to us. In the education system we’re used to working with KPI’s or other standards, but cleaning has no standards. Now I know, for example, that a minimum of 70% of the chemicals used in the school are environmentally friendly and mops designated for cleaning one area will not be used in another”.
“I don’t have to get the white glove out – this is a far more scientific way of ensuring cleaning is happening in a way that is commensurate with the standard of the education we provide to students. We have been able to see and smell the quality of the programme”
Facilities Manager Kevin Dekker says:
“Nothing is going to fully stop the transmission of colds and flu in a school, but we really believe that the impact of an outbreak can be mitigated by effective cleaning carried out under the 5-Star programme.
If you look at a disease like Conjunctivitis, it can come from someone’s home, but if I can stop it being transferred over surfaces, I just might stop an outbreak. So one sick child doesn’t become a whole class of sick kids.”
“It’s important for other schools to know it’s not that costly,” says Brian. Considering that a replacement teacher can cost upwards of $500 per day, preventing the transmission of illness is a top priority. “I’m convinced that in the long term, the programme will reduce absenteeism. When considered in a cost/benefit analysis, the benefits far outweigh the costs.”
The full range of our School Cleaning Services
We offer more than a standard cleaning company. We can perform many related services as well, such as these:
- Standard Cleaning Tasks (vacuum, sweep, mop, dust, etc)
- Bins / Rubbish Removal
- Vinyl Floor Strip and Seal
- Steam Carpet Cleaning
- Dry Carpet Cleaning
- Glass and Window Cleaning – regular or at height
- Car Park Cleaning
- Exterior Pressure cleaning
- Tile and Grout Cleaning
- Lift Cleaning
- Grounds Maintenance
- Emergency Exit Stairwells
- Light Switches and Fittings
- Airconditioning Units
- Hardwood Floor Stripping
- Steam Pressure Cleaning
- Kitchen and Toilet Consumables
- Roof Cleaning
Our staff are some of the most experienced in the industry and they are all fully trained and licensed. Although we are only into our second decade of operations, we have become an employer of choice that means we boast one of the most experienced school cleaning teams in South East Queensland.
We’re also flexible in our hours of operation. We can deliver you a tailored plan that sees a customised mix of cleaning to suit your operating hours and your staff requirements.