Sterilizing floors.

@nannacroc (4049)
July 3, 2009 2:08pm CST
I work as a cleaner in a nursery aand have recently been told that I need to use sterilizing fluid on all surfaces every day, including the floors. This doesn't make sense to me, has anyone else ever sterilized the floor? I'm also worried that using too much sterilizer will do more harm than good as the children will not build up immunity to germs. What do you think?
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@gabs8513 (48717)
• United Kingdom
3 Jul 09
I used to be an Area Manager for a Cleaning Company before this sickness hit me, we used to use the Professional Cleaning Products and they are all made to sanitize and what ever, any Cleaning Product has the same affect as such, it is not advised to use the stronger Stuff as it is also dangerous to yourself A Disinfectant is just as good as anything else Also I have never heard of sanitizing the Floors as such and I had 2 Schools under me Also if the Floors are polished the Sanitizer will make the Floors streaky and remove the polish with each wash
@nannacroc (4049)
3 Jul 09
Thank, gabs. I knew what your previous job was and you helped me when I first started and had to persuade a previous boss not to use bleach so I knew I could rely on you to know the facts. Hope you don't mind but I will be using this information when I have a meeting with the new boss. She seems to want everything cleaned with antibacterial stuff and THEN sterilized. I'm wondering if she suffers from OCD. Take care and thank you again for your good advice.
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@gabs8513 (48717)
• United Kingdom
3 Jul 09
You are very welcome and I hope that she takes note Toilets yes ok but Floors waste of time and in the end waste of Money as soon as the Children arrive and walk on them there was no point to it, and no they do not stay sterilized once walked on, disinfectant ok yes that can be done and as I said does the same job Hope you get it through to her
@gabs8513 (48717)
• United Kingdom
24 Oct 09
Thank you for the BR
• United States
3 Jul 09
Well, on one hand, you have a point. Killing too many germs will inhibit the growth of immunity in our systems. However, have you ever noticed what can be on the floor in a nursery??? Everything from poop, spit, throw up or dropped candy with cold germs on it! Then when you have children they are very likely to pick something up and straight it goes to the mouth! ugh!! And it's so fast you don't have time to catch them!! i say sterilize everything that you can!! Germs will be there!
@nannacroc (4049)
3 Jul 09
That's fine but the boss wants us to sterilize AFTER we've cleaned with antibacterial cleaning fluid. One or the other is fine, but both?
@p1kef1sh (45642)
3 Jul 09
It's quite amazing that humankind has lasted so long. Whatever did we do before the advent of sterilising fluid? Personally I'd sooner sterilise some of the idiots that produce the children in the first place rather than the floors. Force children to eat a handful of dirt a day. We have become a society of scaredy cats. Let's get children out from the protective and anxious custody of their parents and into the real world!
@nannacroc (4049)
3 Aug 09
Well said, p1kef1sh.
• United States
4 Jul 09
If you work with children, EVERYTHING must be cleaned daily. This isn't just some practice that the company made up, it's required by law. Kids put everything in their mouths, put their fingers up their nose, sit on the floor, crawl around, all of that stuff. Everything has to be cleaned to make sure germs are not spreading and to make sure that things tracked in from outside that can make kids very sick, are not hanging around. It must be done.
@nannacroc (4049)
4 Jul 09
Everything is cleaned daily with antibacterial cleanining fluids, it's sterilizing as well that I think is over the top.
• United States
4 Jul 09
Well it has to be done. Skip doing it for awhile and tell your boss. I'm sure you'd be fired daily, they'd lose any accredidation and probably be shut down. Oh yeah, and you'll have a lot of sick kids.
@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
4 Jul 09
I agree with you. Sterilizing things like you say kills everything, good and bad and that's not always a wise thing. Same with people that are fanatical about letting others near their babies. They think they're protecting them from germs when all they are doing is setting things up for far worse infections later on. I don't sanitize my home. I mainly use vinegar for cleaning everything, and occasionally some melaleuca cleaners, but not even too much of that. I watch others get sick several times a year and I don't get sick at all. Several years ago when I worked taking care of special ed kids on the school bus for a couple of years, I was the only one that never took a sick day. Sick kids and co-workers all around me every day and everything just passed me on by.
@nannacroc (4049)
4 Jul 09
Sensible personal hygiene is the key to not getting infections, at least I think so, the people at work whho seem to get the most illnesses are the ones who wash their hands AND then use antibacterial handwash straightaway after.
@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
4 Jul 09
I refuse to use antibacterial stuff either. That has been proven to kill more of the good stuff too, same as I discussed above. You can't develop immunities if you're not exposed to the little stuff.
@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
6 Jul 09
A steriliser on the floors sounds a bit over the top...a disinfectant, sure, but a steriliser??? As far as the youngsters are concerned, I'm with you...let them eat dirt and bugs and whatever they want. I was never sick as a kid neither were my kids. I don't get sick now, neither do my kids. Like you say, I think it's imperative for youngsters to build up an immunity to germs and infections...otherwise they are going to catch anything going. On the other hand, I would not like to be the owner or manager of the facility where someone's little darling picked up some disease.....shudder.
@nannacroc (4049)
7 Jul 09
We've come to an agreement, thanks to advice from people on MyLot and we will be disinfecting the floors but not sterilizing them. The problem is that everyone wants to sue someone nowadaays for the slightest reason. Children are growing up without ever having had so much as a bruise because they are so protected.
• India
4 Jul 09
Hi nannacroc, I totally agree with you. I feel that normal cleaning of the floor should be sufficient. If you put children in a totally clean environment, there is a great chance that once they come to a new environment, they will easily catch ailments.
@nannacroc (4049)
4 Jul 09
Welcome to MyLot, I hope you enjoy being here. Tahnk you for your reply, I think we are causing more damage than we avoid by all the extra protection and safeguards. It seems children are not allowed to come into contact with germs or to have cuts, grazes or bruises nowadays.
@FFFrocks (306)
• Canada
4 Jul 09
oh dear, why stop at the floors? you better start sterelizing the walk outside too. oh, and the fence, if there is a fence outside don't forget that. oh, and the man sitting at the bus stop, better dump a bucket on him he's looking a little grimy. may as well get the kids to wear rubber gloves and masks while your at it.
@nannacroc (4049)
4 Jul 09
Welcome to MyLot, enjoy your time here. Ssshh! Don't let the government hear you say this they'll think these are good ideas.
@JoyfulOne (6242)
• United States
4 Jul 09
I kind of agree that it's really important to build up natural immunities, but I'm not so sure a nursery, or child care center, would be the place to skip it. Illness and germs pass quickly through places like that because children sit on floors, touch things and then put their fingers in their mouth or eyes, and then contact something. For instance, there's something on the floor in the adjoining restroom, you can't see the germs, but they're still there. Then the child, or adult, walks into the nursery area, and these invisible germs are on the soles of their shoes, thereby contaminating where the kids are crawling around on the floor. I think where we go wrong in overuse of antibacterials, etc, would be at home...with the overuse of hand soaps containing antibacterials, and all kinds of other things. I don't know what kind of 'sterilizing' agent you have to use. Chemical type sterilizing solutions make me more wary than natural ones that do the job just as well. At home, because I have dogs (and crawling grandchildren), I use the old standby vinegar in water, and from all I've read vinegar is a natural way to kill germs. Lol, I know that sounds extreme, but I know where those dogs have had their feet, and I don't want my floors contaminated with that! I live on a farm, so you can well imagine what I'm talking about lol.
@nannacroc (4049)
4 Jul 09
Lemon or vinegar I'd be happy to use it's the chemicals that worry me.
@p1kef1sh (45642)
3 Jul 09
If you sterilise the floors does that mean that they won't be able to have babies of their own? That seems very unfair on childless floors. Lonely Lino all over the school will be denied the patter of tiny feet. Just the hob nail boots of older children none of who will truly belong to the floors. Free the Beduff Floors. Write to your MP - quick as a Flash!
@nannacroc (4049)
3 Jul 09
No, they won't be able to have children and Beduff will soon suffer a shortage of floors. No use writing to the MP, he or she can't read.
@wolfie34 (26816)
• United Kingdom
3 Jul 09
I roll my eyes with disbelief although I can't say I'm surprised this has become a total nanny state (no disrespect ;0)) a kneejerk action and it's getting worse, people are going to be so frightened to do things for fear of getting sued for example. And we never had this to the extent it has gone when we were children? And you are right how can you build up children's immune systems if we wrap them up in cotton wool which is essentially what we are doing? I used to play in the earth as a child and even ate some of it didn't do me any harm. Short of wrapping children up in cotton wool which I feel is the next step. Or sterilizing people who come in contact with children. The mind boggles!
@nannacroc (4049)
3 Jul 09
Thanks Wolfie. The children seem to get far more infections now than mine did. The silliest thin is that the person asking me to sterilize the floors is encouraging the children to dig in the garden and learn to grow things on the allotment she's rented. These things are great but they aren't wearing gardening gloves and there are no washing facilities at the allotment. I don't know if you'd be allowed to wrap children in cotton wool, they might breathe in the fibres or swallow some. No wonder so many people nowadays haven't a clue what real life is like outside school.
@RieRie (822)
4 Jul 09
I think (but I'm not sure) that some people put a little bit of sterilizer in their mop bucket, which I suppose would sterilize the floor, the mop and the bucket. I've done it, but only for my bathroom.
• United States
4 Jul 09
I've never personally sterilized floors. But i dont think it would harm the children in any way
@OConnell87 (1046)
3 Jul 09
i think it would be a good idea since children spend alot of time on the floor, i don't they would have said that if it would cause harm to the children. About their immune system, its not entirely true that exposing children to an un sterilized floor will built up their immunity , these things have come from when chicken pox for a big dea. Also in the garden and at home are not totally sterilized