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Your Educational Facility Hygiene Guide

We understand the positive impact proper hygiene practices have always had in schools and colleges, and they’ve never been more important. This guide will help you implement new measures for the well-being of your students, faculty and staff.

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Hygiene Expertise for Hygiene Excellence

While your educational facility enacts new policies and procedures, Kimberly-Clark Professional can help you create a more hygienic environment. As an industry innovator and leader in hygiene products for nearly 150 years, we’ve got the tools, solutions and guidance to help meet your needs.

Industry Landscape

Welcome to a New World of Learning

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



Try not to share2

This includes electronic devices, books, games, learning aids and other equipment. If shared, clean/disinfect between use.


Avoid face-touching3

Teach the importance of washing before/after touching the eyes, nose or mouth.4


Keep it clean

Encourage use of disinfectant wipes on personal items like cell phones, and work/living spaces as appropriate.


Ensure adequate hygiene supplies

Provide enough soap, hand sanitizer, paper towels, toilet paper, facial tissue, disinfectant wipes and face coverings
(as feasible).


Hygiene on the move

Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces on school buses, including surfaces commonly touched by the operator.5


If showing symptoms, don’t come to the campus or school

If someone has a fever, cough, trouble breathing or other symptoms, they should stay home and seek medical advice.6

Tackle Hygiene Hot Spots (PDF)

Here’s a quick guide to areas where hand soaps,
sanitizers and disinfectants should frequently be used.

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Hygiene Insights

Get Schooled on Germs

Think you’re informed about germs? Here are some facts that may surprise you:


Face the Facts

You touch 7,200 surfaces every 24 hours.7 You also touch your face 522 times a day.8


The Dirt on Desks

The average desk has 400x more bacteria than a toilet seat.9


Surface Surprises

The average mobile phone harbors 6,300 bacteria.10 The cafeteria, the classroom, your desk​—you’re using your phone where germs live.​


Water Works

Water fountains have 19x as much bacteria as a toilet seat.11 Are you still feeling thirsty?

If you’re alarmed by these numbers,
know that you’re not alone.

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.

Proactive Measures

Win in Key Action Areas

Among the many actions your school or college can take, two fundamental steps are more critical than ever: washing and drying hands and cleaning and disinfecting surfaces. These measures can go a long way to help curb the spread of germs and create a more hygienic environment.

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Hand Hygiene

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:

  • Before and after eating
  • After using the restroom
  • After coughing, sneezing, nose-blowing or face-touching
  • When entering/exiting the classroom

Hygiene Hint
Sneeze or cough into a tissue, then dispose of the tissue in the trash to help limit the spread of germs.12


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.

Hand Washing Guide

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Hand Sanitizing Guide

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Hand Hygiene Routines

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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.


Hygiene Hint
Keep hygiene supplies well-stocked: Onvation™, our “smart” restroom solution, demonstrated that restroom visitors use 2.6 times more soap and 24% more hand towels than before the COVID-19 pandemic.*

Surface & Hand Hygiene

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Cleaning vs. Disinfecting

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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).

Hand Washing
Reminder Signage

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Hand Washing
Signage for Kids

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Cleaning & Disinfecting Checklist

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Safe Distance Reminder Signage

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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.

Hygiene Assessment

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Get Restroom Hygiene Right

As one of the most heavily frequented locations in a school, the restroom is especially susceptible to spreading germs. Consider these critical restroom opportunities:

Optimize your hand drying method.

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.

Maximize soap and sanitizer.

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.)

Prioritize your toilet paper needs.

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.

Did you know?

Using a jet air dryer dispersed 1,300 times more germs than drying with paper towels.

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Hygiene Hint
Drying with paper towels can remove up to 77% of bacteria that remain on hands after washing.

Hygiene Solutions

We've Got You Covered

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.





Scott® Essential Electronic Roll Towel System

48860/ 02001

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.


Scott® Essential Skin Care System

92148/ 12979/ 91591

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.


Scott® Essential Coreless Jumbo Roll Tissue System

09602/ 07006

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.


Scott® Control Hygienic High-Capacity Tissue System

39728/ 48280

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.


X60 Cloths


A versatile reusable cloth to replace assorted rags; absorbs 2x faster than rags for efficient cleanup.


Kimtech Prep Wipes for the WetTask Wiping System


Closed-bucket wiping system for saturated wiping with sanitizers, bleach and disinfectants—just pour in the cleaner you choose.


WypAll® Waterless
Cleaning Wipes


Pre-saturated waterless hand wipes. Dual-textured; smooth side for wiping and abrasive side for scrubbing.


Facial Tissue


Promote good hygiene with America’s #1 facial tissue.


Facial Tissue


Promote good hygiene with America’s #1 facial tissue.


Kimtech Surface
Sanitizer Wipes


Portable, pre-saturated wipe that kills bacteria on hard, non-porous, non-food contact surfaces.

Talk With Our Experts

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.

We will:
• 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