Indoor playgrounds are extremely popular destinations for families with kids, however, if not properly cleaned they could become a hazard to public health and safety. A suitable cleaning schedule is very important for keeping your playground safe for children.
To begin with, let us look at the differences between cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting.
Cleaning: using soap and water to remove chemical, physical, and microbial compounds from surfaces.
Sanitizing: using chemicals or other verified methods to reduce the amount of germs on blank surfaces into a secure level.
Disinfecting: using compounds to remove each the germs listed on the product label, which may consist of bacteria, fungi, or viruses.
You must always wash, then sanitize or disinfect. Germs may still be present even though park surfaces appear clean. Properly cleaning then sanitizing or disinfecting will reduce dangerous germs and children’s risk for disease and illness.
Regular cleaning and sanitizing
Indoor playground surfaces should be cleaned and sanitized daily, and spot cleaned throughout the day, even if they don’t look cluttered. Clean and sanitize surfaces immediately if dirt is current. Clean surfaces thoroughly with soapy water prior to repainting. Indoor Playgrounds International recommends assigning a staff member to constantly spot clean during the construction during business hours. Not only does this ensure a clean playground, but it helps reassure parents.
Body fluids (blood, urine, vomit, fecal matter) are highly infectious and needs to be cleaned up quickly. The affected area should be closed so employees can clean and disinfect. Clean surfaces thoroughly with soap and warm water prior to disinfecting.
Soap & Water: moderate antibacterial soap and warm water are recommended for cleaning. Use approximately 2 tablespoons to one gallon water. Never use degreaser on any plastics, domes, or windows.
Soft cloths: clean, absorbent soft cotton fabrics are better to use for cleaning.
Soft bristle brush: use clean, soft bristle brushes for cleaning ropes and net crawls, and removing debris and dust from plastics. Wash and rinse the surface immediately after having to get rid of any residue.
Paper towels: never use paper towels on domes or dividers. It will scratch and dull the surface.
Harsh chemicals: not use harsh chemicals like chlorine, bleach, or other compounds that may hamper or dull the plastic.
In Indoor Playgrounds International, we place safety and cleanliness of above all else. Showing parents you care about the health and security of their children ensures they’ll reunite and spread the word.