Keeping a classroom clean is needed at the best of times, but in the current climate, as students begin to go back to school in the midst of a pandemic, it’s even more essential than ever. A dirty, badly looked-after classroom could be a health risk, and it doesn’t exactly create an engaging learning environment. A well-maintained classroom can help with learning and focus. Here are some top tips to keep your classroom furniture clean.
Some of the most damage to school & university furniture are pen marks. There are plenty of ways that you can get rid of pen marks with common household items. White vinegar is a common cleaning ingredient or you can use a cloth dampened with hairspray. For another option, make a paste of baking soda and water. Apply the paste onto the mark for 15 seconds, and then clean it away with a clean cloth.
Whether your furniture is covered in greasy marks from forbidden snacks or small fingerprints, grease stains can soon get on everything in a classroom. Greasy stains are simple to remove with a damp cloth dipped in water and washing up liquid. Clean with a reusable cloth, not paper towels, to make a more sustainable cleaning choice.
Removing chewing gum is one of the most difficult furniture cleaning jobs, but it must be done in most classrooms. The classic method of getting ice off of the underneath of tables and chairs is to put a sealed bag of ice over the gum for a few minutes to harden it, and then scrape the gum with a tool that won’t damage the furniture like a putty knife.
You can also shift the remains of stubborn gum with duct tape. Cover the remains with the tape, and then remove it.
You should look over your furniture regularly to spot any small bits of damage before it turns into a bigger problem, and to prevent more major damage from happening. Every few months, check all your furniture fittings, like screws, and adjust them where you need to so any problems worsen.
It’s a good idea to buy light furniture if you can, so it is easier to lift. If the furniture is easy to lift, people won’t drag it across the floor when they need to move it. Dragging furniture can loosen fittings and weaken joints.
Check that the weight of anything you store on shelves and storage units is properly spread out to help preserve the structural integrity. Heavier items should be placed on the bottom rather than the top.
Encourage your students to be responsible for their classroom, and teach them to keep things clean by wiping up spills when they happen, to be gentle with the furniture, and to put things away into their proper places.
A clean, well-maintained classroom is better for teachers and students alike and can aid in creating an inspiring, interesting learning environment that will help you teach.
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post