MRSA In Your Daycare Center: What Is It and How Can Commercial Cleaning Get Rid of It?

Posted on: 19 June 2015

Scheduling regular commercial cleaning services for your daycare can protect kids from a number of hidden germs, including MRSA, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. This potentially life-threatening bacterial infection can live on surfaces for weeks or months and infect your daycare kids once they encounter it. Commercial cleaners use effective antimicrobial products that attack and kill MRSA at the source. Here's what you should know about MRSA and how commercial cleaning protects your little ones.

What's MRSA and How Can People Get It?

Although MRSA usually develops in healthcare settings, it's now become a growing problem in the community abroad because of how it spreads. It's a highly contagious type of staphylococcus infection that spreads from person to person through direct skin contact or by breathing contaminated air. However, the most common mode of transmission is touching a contaminated surface, such as a computer keyboard, sink counter, and eating table, and placing a finger or hand in the nose, mouth, eyes, and ears.

Daycare kids who develop MRSA can be infected for a while before you notice symptoms. The symptoms may vary, depending on the mode of transmission. For instance, if your daycare kids obtain MRSA from a contaminated crayon, they may develop small pustules or boils on their skin. If your kids have MRSA present inside their lungs or blood, they may exhibit more complex symptoms that include

  • Headaches
  • Difficulty breathing 
  • Coughing up mucous or phlegm

You should report any signs of MRSA to your kids' parents right away. Although MRSA is resistant to methicillin-based antibiotics, the kids' physicians can try different treatments and medications to help them get well. You can also take steps to get rid of the staphylococcus in your daycare with commercial cleaning services.

How Can Commercial Cleaners Help You?

Commercial cleaners use a number of proven antimicrobial and cleaning methods to eliminate MRSA in daycare centers. The cleaners sanitize everything in the center with antimicrobial soap and hot water. They also disinfect the floors, counters, doorknobs, and many other surfaces with the antimicrobial and cleaning agents.

If you use mops, buckets, towels, and vacuums in the center, expect the commercial cleaning team to disinfect these items as well. MRSA can hide inside the fibers of cleaning rags, as well as inside equipment.

After the team cleans your daycare, you can take steps to ensure that it stays that way. For instance, have every child wash their hands after meals, bathroom breaks and playing outdoors. If necessary, ask parents to bring in hand sanitizer and other helpful products for their kids. 

Wiping down the surfaces of your computers and other common areas can also cut down on the development and spread of MRSA. You should clean your daycare every evening for the best results.

If you have concerns about MRSA or how to obtain cleaning services, contact your a cleaning specialist like Aviat Commercial Cleaners Corp for an appointment.