School Cleaning Checklist

by Mike Derryberry • August 22, 2022

It's a fact that schools harbor tons of germs and bacteria, which makes routine cleaning a must. Clean and sanitized classrooms will keep the students and staff healthy and prevent the spread of illnesses.

Before kids head back into the classroom, it's essential that the school gets a thorough deep clean. Here is a handy checklist to make sure you're hitting all the right spots.

School Classroom With Children


Before classes get back in session, if your classroom has carpet it will need a good deep cleaning to remove any buildup of dust or allergens that may have settled in it during summer break.

If your classrooms have wood, tile, or vinyl floors, then sweep any and all debris away and mop the surface with an appropriate cleaner and sanitizer.

Walls and Windows

Glass cleaners are a great way to eliminate a summer’s worth of dirt, dust, and debris that may have accumulated on your windows over break.

Be sure to wipe down school lockers and walls with an all-purpose cleaner.


Bathrooms need a bit more attention than other areas in the school, so make sure you’re cleaning every available surface down to the faucet handles on the sinks.

When you’re cleaning the bathroom stalls, make sure to wipe down the stall door, and sanitize inside the toilet bowl and all around the outside, including the handle. Give the toilet paper holder a good clean too with an all-purpose cleaner.

Don’t forget to mop the floors and wipe down the door handles.


Use A Commercial Cleaning Company

Classroom and school campus cleaning is a big job, and you shouldn’t try to do it on your own. Call on the cleaning experts at Compass Cleaning Solutions to get the job done quickly and efficiently. Never rely on a generic cleaning company to clean and disinfect your school. We provide school cleaning services for:

  • Preschool and Daycare
  • K-12
  • Technical and Vocational

Frequently Asked Questions About School Cleaning

Check out our FAQ, and if you still have any questions, just give us a call.

How often should a school be cleaned?

Light cleaning tasks should be done daily with more thorough cleaning on a weekly basis. During the summer close to school reopening for the fall session is when a deep cleaning of the entire campus is a necessity.

How do you clean a classroom?

During the school year, wiping down all the surfaces and mopping floors in a classroom is a must to prevent the spread of germs and sickness.

How do you clean a science lab?

Our team of cleaning professionals will mop the floors of the lab and clean surfaces, but not any beakers or other lab equipment.

What is the best way to clean a chalkboard?

If you're cleaning a chalkboard on a daily basis, then warm water and a cloth will work just fine. If it's only an occasional clean, water and white vinegar will do the trick.

Whatever cleaning system you're using make sure the chalkboard is completely dry before attempting to write on it. If it's still damp, the chalk will stick to it and be harder to remove.

Why does it matter if your school is clean?

Aside from aesthetic reasons, a proper school cleaning is necessary to prevent the spread of illness.

At Compass Cleaning Solutions, we will offer you the best professional school cleaning services near Phoenix, AZ, and the surrounding areas. Contact us today at 602-606-7900, or send us an online message to receive a free quote. Whatever your needs, our professional cleaners will accommodate them and exceed your school cleaning expectations.



About the Author

Mike Derryberry is the principal owner and the Chief Visionary Officer of Compass Cleaning Solutions. Since 2004, he and his company have provided personable, professional and conscientious commercial cleaning services to customers throughout the Phoenix Valley and the surrounding areas. He believes strongly in providing CCS franchise owners with a sustainable business model, giving them the tools, training and franchise support they need to build a successful commercial cleaning business and become financially independent.

Since 2004, Mike has focused on providing the best quality janitorial services for his Phoenix customers. His belief in the culture and people at Compass Cleaning Solutions has given him the motivation to expand the company and secure a unique place in the commercial cleaning industry. He wants each and every customer to have an exceptional customer service experience and has invested heavily in the development of environmentally safe products and practices. His company employs a variety of advanced technologies, including the use of organic cleaning products, microfiber tools and the most advanced cleaning equipment on the market.

Mike is an eager advocate for good leadership practices and believes wholeheartedly that purpose, values and mission are the essential traits for any successful company. His passion for providing ethical and moral leadership has helped Compass Cleaning Solutions become a top-ranked janitorial business in the Phoenix area. The company was awarded the 2020 Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Ethics for the Pacific Southwest. The company was also recognized by as one of the Best Office Cleaners in Phoenix for 2021.