How to save time and money sanitizing daycares

Disinfecting a daycare

In September, Time magazine published an article detailing the difficult circumstances facing childcare facilities during COVID-19. Already a tough industry, daycare coronavirus concerns have led to increased sanitization requirements and dropping enrollment rates. Over the past year, the situation has gone from tough to nearly impossible for many small-business owners. Safe ways to save money on sanitizing daycares is essential to the industry’s survival.

Since proper sanitizing of daycares was a concern long before the pandemic, investing in the right solution will help save time and money even after COVID-19 ebbs. Combining advanced technology with the right cleaning chemicals can help make everything from snack time to hands-on learning safer and more sanitary, without breaking the bank.

Save time with faster, easier-to-use technology

Choosing the right sanitizing method involves careful consideration of the personnel hours required. According to Time’s report, some facilities are paying for hours of sanitizing by an outside service every night. This solution is exceptionally time intensive and doesn’t provide any interim sanitizing during operating hours.

Consider instead a sanitizing solution that allows a daycare’s existing staff to sanitize throughout the day.

Electrostatic sprayers, particularly EnviroPro’s handheld model by Victory, are portable and easy to use. Anyone can quickly learn their safe operation, and they require minimal PPE. Because electrostatic technology coats surfaces more evenly and thoroughly in one pass, these sprayers take up to 70% less time to use, as compared to conventional sprayers. When the kids go outside to play, one person can easily sanitize an entire room before they return.

It’s as simple as that. No late-night hours or outside service providers required.

Save money with fewer supplies, greater efficiency

Any time you add steps, equipment or materials to your routine operations, you’re adding extra costs. This is true in sanitizing just as with anything else.

When you’re selecting a sanitizing solution, it’s vital to consider both upfront and ongoing costs. For example, ask yourself:

  • What is the cost of the equipment?
  • What are the ongoing supply costs for chemicals, wipes, etc.?
  • How many personnel hours are being spent sanitizing?
  • How many personnel hours are being spent re-ordering supplies?

Electrostatic sprayers are an example of higher upfront equipment costs, but significantly lower ongoing supply and hours costs. EnviroPro’s sprayers use an impressive 65% fewer chemicals than traditional sprayer technology, more than halving your cleaning chemical budget over time. EnviroPro also offers a monthly cleaning chemical subscription service. This service completely eliminates time spent re-ordering or, worse yet, hunting for alternative suppliers when your usual company is sold out.

Finally, we all know that time is money. All of those time-saving benefits mentioned previously? Those represent additional dollars saved.

Protect children and staff

Ultimately, while saving time and money are essential, the most important factor in choosing a sanitizing solution is safety. While there are lots of ways to sanitize, some are far riskier than others.

The most basic sanitizing problem is cross-contamination. While using sanitizing wipes may be quick and easy, they also require the user to make physical contact with each and every contaminated surface. Even if gloves are worn, there’s cross contamination risk when the gloves are removed.

A contactless solution can eliminate cross-contamination risk. However, not all contactless options are created equal. The EPA has demonstrated that non-electrostatic sprayers generate excessive liquid runoff, which can make required chemical contact times hard to achieve. That runoff is also, once again, a potential cross-contamination risk.

Then there’s what ends up in the air. Fogging sanitizers, in addition to being time-consuming, largely leave the air unbreathable for a length of time. Traditional sprayers don’t have this problem, but they still aerosolize some particles, potentially affecting air quality. Aerosolized chemicals are undesirable for anyone, and especially for young children.

Electrostatic sprayers reduce or eliminate all of these risks. They are fully contactless, produce up to 75 time less liquid runoff than conventional sprayers, and use fewer overall chemicals, which minimizes the particles that can enter the air.

Daycares are a pillar of the American workforce

The services provided by daycares are fundamental to maintaining a strong, diverse workforce. To that end, providing relief and solutions for these small businesses is essential. Fortunately, sanitizing daycares doesn’t have to be a bank-breaking operation. Daycares can operate safely, with full consideration of the well-being of both children and staff.

For a complete overview of safe daycare operations during COVID-19, the CDC daycare guidelines are an excellent resource. To learn more about how EnviroPro Solutions can help, get in touch today.