Every day, 1/2 million buses carry 24 million school children to school, field trips, and athletic events on a school bus. This many children in a confined space can leave germs, food particles, and dirt on a daily basis. You want to keep the inside clean, but how do you go about doing this?
First you need to determine what kind of cleaning solutions you will need. Harsh chemicals can leave a residue or harmful fumes. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a list of disinfectants or sanitizers that are safe. (http://www.epa.gov/)
The procedures for cleaning inside your bus are:
- Pick up any loose trash
- Check seats for any food, candy or gum
- Scrape any gum off the seats or floor and discard
- Sweep floors
- Use a good anti-bacterial cleaner to spray the seats, walls, and handrails. Let sit for a few minutes.
- While waiting, clean windows
- Wipe cleaner off seats, walls, and handrails with cloth or paper towels
- Open windows to allow fresh air to clear any fumes that might linger
- Mop floors with cleaner and water
Make sure all surfaces are dry before letting children back on the bus.
- Not to use too much water on the floors. There is a wooden sub-floor in buses that could rot over time if too much water sits for extended periods of time.
- Not to get water on any electrical components, the dash, lights, etc.
Pick up trash on a daily basis. During flu season, you may want to clean and disinfect more often, but use your own judgment as to when to give the bus a thorough cleaning.