How do I Clean a Preschool Room Properly?


When 15 or 20 small children are playing in a classroom it can quickly cause a huge mess, but organizing materials and incorporating daily cleaning times into your routine will help keep the chaos in check. Deep-clean the classroom at least two to three times each school year and sanitize the toys regularly, as required by state licensing officials. Cleaning should include organizing materials, sanitizing hard surfaces and toys and basic housekeeping. Everyone is happier in a clean classroom and fewer diseases are spread. Parents, too, appreciate bringing their children to a classroom that is well-organized and tidy. (reference 2)

Things You'll Need

  • Chlorine bleach
  • Hand/dishwashing liquid
  • Clean cloths
  • Vacuum
  • Mop

Cleaning the Preschool

  • Scrape glue and paint from tables with a paint scraper, taking care not to mar the surfaces.

  • Wash paint smocks, stuffed animals, cot sheets and any other soft materials in the washing machine.

  • Organize toys so they are in labeled bins to aid the children at daily clean-up time.

  • Vacuum carpeted areas thoroughly.

  • Mop tile or linoleum areas with a cleaner appropriate for the floor type.

Sanitizing the Classroom

  • Mix 1 tablespoon. chlorine bleach with 1 quart water in a spray bottle. (reference 1)

  • Spray all the hard surfaces, such as the tables, chairs, counter tops, light switches and handles with the bleach solution.

  • Wait 10 minutes and wipe dry with a damp cloth.

  • Fill a sink with one-quarter cup chlorine bleach, and one-eighth cup dishwashing liquid, and hot water.

  • Place all plastic toys in the hot water and soak for 10 minutes. Rinse and dry.

Tips & Warnings

  • Consult your local state child daycare licensing agency for information on cleaning-product requirements, as rules may vary from state to state. When materials are well-organized and the schedule is structured, children have fewer behavior problems and are more likely to use materials appropriately. Include children in daily clean-up tasks, but don't allow them to use chlorine bleach sanitizers. Check all equipment and toys to make sure it is functioning properly. Discard or fix any materials that are broken or worn.

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