This year’s flu season proved to be one of the worst in history even with the flu vaccine. Experts say that in North Texas alone, in the 2017-18 flu season, experienced 60 deaths in Dallas County alone. And across the country, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 53 children have died as of January 2018.
In Dallas, the school district in Bonham town in North Texas decided to shut down all five schools for one week to allow cleaning crews the chance to disinfect the classrooms and common areas as well as give those sick with flu time to recover. The cost of professional cleaning for all the five schools in the Bonham district was around $5,000. The cost can be justified because anyone who is exposed to the flu virus is contagious for up to 7 days.
Unfortunately, the CDC believes that hiring cleaning crews is overkill. In fact, they’re unsure about the deep cleaning procedures being used by these cleaning companies. According to the CDC, routine cleaning procedures should be sufficient in sanitizing the areas and items used by the school population.
From the other side of the story, schools are not entirely at fault because it reassured the parents, teachers, and students and gave them peace of mind. Such is the belief of the area manager of Total Building Maintenance, Rene Moreno, when he was interviewed by KXAS-TV. Moreno referred to this cleaning as “insurance.” He further explains that their professional cleaning procedure starts with the detailed cleaning of the entire school followed by the second phase which is to bring in their electrostatic charge Clorox 360 spray machine to disinfect the facility top to bottom focusing on areas that students come in direct contact.
This revolutionary machine, the Clorox Total 360, is the latest germ and bacteria killer system used by topnotch cleaning companies to meticulously clean surfaces. The device uses a static charge to power up the cleaning agents so that the spray can penetrate every nook and crevice, killing 99.5% of flu and other viruses, and all Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). MRSA is an infection-causing, antibiotic-resistant bacterium that is harder to treat than most staph strains.