During a recent case of Ebola in Texas, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found the infected person had direct contact with up to 80 people – including five schoolchildren. The enterovirus D-68 and the outbreak of whooping cough from the Midwest to California, has put public health officials on high alert. The recent measles outbreak that started in a theme park, has spread to Northeast Texas, San Diego, and Brooklyn, NY. How do we prevent the spread of disease on school buses? [Read more…]
Buffing is commonly done with a high-speed polisher or buffer for large vehicles. It is used to remove oxidation, scratches and other impurities from the bus surface. A polisher or buffer works by temporarily heating the paint’s clear coat until is softens into a viscous liquid that fills in and dissipates blemishes. The buffed part will reflect light and appear shiny. Swirl marks caused by buffing can be eliminated by [Read more…]
This week, we are talking about how to clean the floor of your bus. Daily sweeping will prevent buildup in crevices and against the wall – this, in turn, will help save time when you need to mop the floor. Tip: sweep the litter into a dustpan or trash can. If you are not on private property, you could be fined for littering!
One of the most annoying and difficult substances to remove from your floor is chewing gum, especially in the ribbed surfaces. [Read more…]
With so many people in and out of school buses every day, it’s only natural that the seats of your bus get dirty and sticky. Gum stuck to seats and ink stains from ball point pens and sharpies are sure to happen. Vinyl and cloth seats are handled differently. Here are some tips to cleaning both.
1. Everyday dirt and grime – wipe the seats with a sponge or cloth dipped in warm, soapy water. You can make your own solution by making a 50-50 mix of water and washing liquid. Mix gently to avoid excess bubbles. Transfer to a spray bottle to clean the seats. Wipe the surface with a dry cloth before it dries. Do not use furniture polish or harsh chemicals as this can cause hardening of the vinyl material. [Read more…]
Keeping your bus clean prevents buildup over time. Not periodically cleaning your bus results in more time, more product, and more elbow grease in getting the bus clean.
Cleaning on a regular basis can prevent:
1. Dead bugs, tree sap, and bird droppings from stripping the wax and staining the paint.
2. Bits of debris on the bus exterior that can cause scratches in the paint. [Read more…]
Cleaning bus windows can be a pain without the right tools. For the best results, follow these tips below:
1. Clean out of direct sunlight. Heat will cause the cleaning formula to dry too quickly before you have a chance to wipe it clean.
2. Don’t over saturate the windows with liquid.
After you spend time cleaning your bus, a bright, shiny set of tires will complete your work. Knowing how to keep them clean and fresh will also prolong their life. Certain products you use can either help or hinder the life of your tires.
Products come in two varieties: Solvent based and water based. Solvent based products, which are clear and greasy, contain a compound known as Dimethyl which can leech the elasticity from the tire causing it to harden prematurely and cause browning. These products will last longer. Water based products, which are milky, contain a silicone based organic polymer called PDMS. It is used in everyday products such as shampoo, that leaves hair smooth and silky. They often contain UV blocking ingredients. They won’t last as long as solvent based products, but the benefits are worth their use. They can be diluted to save on cost.
The steps to cleaning your tires are: [Read more…]
Humidity and moisture can cause mold and mildew to grow in your bus. Spores from this growth can be a health hazard to those who might breathe them in. Air fresheners will only mask the odor temporarily. You have to stop the source of moisture and clean the growth to be rid of mold and mildew.
These are steps you can take:
1. Locate the source of moisture – check floors, seats, walls and any storage areas for leaks or moisture. Air conditioning filters can also be the culprit. [Read more…]