How to Clean Cots at a Daycare Center


Daycare centers can be a breeding ground for germs and bacteria, which is why it is so important to implement proper sanitary measures when cleaning cots that children use during nap time. A simple bleach solution is especially effective in cleaning and sanitizing items that come into regular contact with children because bleach evaporates completely, leaving no residue. Following a few general practices when cleaning cots at your daycare center helps ensure the health and safety of the children in your care.

Things You'll Need

  • Household bleach
  • Water
  • Bucket
  • Spray bottle
  • Cloth
  • Make a solution of bleach water sanitizer by adding one tablespoon of household bleach to one gallon of cold water. This solution will kill most bacteria and other organisms that may contaminate sleeping cots. Cold water should be used in place of hot, since heat reduces the strength of bleach.

  • Fill a clean empty spray bottle with the bleach water sanitizer.

  • Place cots to be cleaned in a well ventilated area. Open windows and turn on a fan to dissipate harmful fumes.

  • Spray the bleach water sanitizer over the entire surface of an upright cot. Allow the solution to set for one minute.

  • Lift the cot to expose the underside and spray with the bleach solution. Allow to set for one minute.

  • Wipe the cot thoroughly with a clean dry cloth.

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