Educational facilities across the country are planning to welcome students, teachers and staff. As schools and colleges re-open, physical closeness and group activities may spread germs. The good news: there are simple interventions that can help reduce the spread of germs.1
This includes electronic devices, books, games, learning aids and other equipment. If shared, clean/disinfect between use.
Teach the importance of washing before/after touching the eyes, nose or mouth.4
Encourage use of disinfectant wipes on personal items like cell phones, and work/living spaces as appropriate.
Provide enough soap, hand sanitizer, paper towels, toilet paper, facial tissue, disinfectant wipes and face coverings
Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces on school buses, including surfaces commonly touched by the operator.5
If someone has a fever, cough, trouble breathing or other symptoms, they should stay home and seek medical advice.6
Here’s a quick guide to areas where hand soaps,
sanitizers and disinfectants should frequently be used.
Think you’re informed about germs? Here are some facts that may surprise you:
You touch 7,200 surfaces every 24 hours.7 You also touch your face 522 times a day.8
The average desk has 400x more bacteria than a toilet seat.9
The average mobile phone harbors 6,300 bacteria.10 The cafeteria, the classroom, your desk—you’re using your phone where germs live.
Water fountains have 19x as much bacteria as a toilet seat.11 Are you still feeling thirsty?
You’re working hard to safeguard the well-being of your students,
staff and educators, and we’re here to help. Get prepared with a solid hygiene strategy.
There are many places where hands can pick up and leave behind germs. It’s vital to provide ample hand soap, water and disposable paper towels, as well as alcohol-based sanitizers containing at least 60% alcohol. (Monitor sanitizer use in children, due to alcohol content.) Post age-appropriate visual reminders that hands should be washed with soap and water for at least 20 seconds frequently during each day, especially at these times:
While soap and water are easily placed in restrooms, breakrooms and foodservice areas, hand sanitizer can be placed in other high-traffic areas like entryways, classrooms, cafeterias/dining halls and offices.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces (playground equipment, doorknobs, sink handles, drinking fountains, light switches, countertops, bathroom stalls, cafeteria/dining hall tables) in buildings and on school buses daily or between uses as much as possible with EPA-approved products. Provide disposable wipes so that commonly used surfaces (e.g., keyboards, desks, remote controls) can be wiped down before use.
Kimberly-Clark Professional offers disposable cleaning cloths, or wipes, as a more hygienic alternative to reusable towels or rags. We also offer pre-saturated sanitizing wipes for hard, non-porous surfaces, and a closed-bucket wiping system for critical tasks.
Communication is a key component of any effective hygiene program. Put up posters in high-traffic locations (building entrances, restrooms, etc.) that describe measures to help stop the spread of germs. In addition, you can broadcast regular announcements about reducing the spread of germs on public address systems. Showcase videos and other media that promote habits to help prevent the spread of germs when communicating with teachers, staff and families (such as on school websites, in emails and on social media).
To set up a successful hygiene strategy, there are certain essential items to consider. Note your level of preparedness in each of these areas, then determine your action steps. For more guidance, connect with a Kimberly-Clark Professional Sales Representative to arrange a virtual hygiene site walk.
As one of the most heavily frequented locations in a school, the restroom is especially susceptible to spreading germs. Consider these critical restroom opportunities:
Kimberly-Clark Professional single-use towels help reduce the spread of germs; their highly absorbent material means it takes fewer towels to dry hands. Our portfolio includes hard-roll and folded towels, as well as jumbo rolls and center-pull paper towels. Consider high-capacity systems for fewer changeouts, which leaves more time for stricter cleaning regimens.
Keep hand soap in good supply to encourage proper hygiene. We deliver formulas containing moisturizers that help condition skin, promote good hand hygiene and increase restroom satisfaction. For an extra germ-killing step, provide hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol. (Monitor sanitizer use in children, due to alcohol content.)
Kimberly-Clark Professional offers hygienic, fully enclosed toilet paper dispenser options, plus disposable seat covers with dispensers that are fully enclosed for sanitation. We also offer options for maximum efficiency, as well as brands that deliver more home-like comfort.
Whatever your hygiene needs, Kimberly-Clark Professional has a range of solutions and bundles to help you create cleaner, more hygienic spaces.
Discover our recommended products, and the areas where you’ll find them most useful.
This 950’ towel uses 17% less fiber than traditional hand towels through our unique Absorbency Pockets Technology and dries hands up to 40% faster than the leading jet air dryer.
Designed for everyday use, this 1.0 L Green Certified Foam Skin Cleanser and Alcohol Free± Foam Hand Sanitizer is free of fragrance and dyes. Install sanitizer near entry/exits for use when door handles are present.
Help your facility achieve zero waste with a dispenser that has a unique stub roll feature to reduce waste and costs. It’s a one-handed easy refill: no key, no door, no hassle.
Hygienic, no-touch dispensing design—only touch the tissue you take. Install near entry/exits to help provide a hygienic barrier and disposable solution for opening and closing doors.
A versatile reusable cloth to replace assorted rags; absorbs 2x faster than rags for efficient cleanup.
Closed-bucket wiping system for saturated wiping with sanitizers, bleach and disinfectants—just pour in the cleaner you choose.
Pre-saturated waterless hand wipes. Dual-textured; smooth side for wiping and abrasive side for scrubbing.
Promote good hygiene with America’s #1 facial tissue.
Promote good hygiene with America’s #1 facial tissue.
Portable, pre-saturated wipe that kills bacteria on hard, non-porous, non-food contact surfaces.
Request a Virtual Hygiene Site Walk
Our experts are here to guide you every step of the way in choosing the right mix of products and solutions for your facility. With your request for a virtual hygiene walk, a Kimberly-Clark Professional Representative will contact you to schedule a phone call or video consultation to view your facility virtually.
• Identify key areas to consider hygiene upgrades
• Recommend the right mix of germ fighting solutions for your facility
• Share tips & best practices on communicating changes and gaining compliance