CLEANING AND SANITATION POLICY
Reason this policy is important:
One of the most important steps in reducing the spread of common infectious diseases or conditions
among children and child care providers is cleaning and sanitizing or disinfecting objects and any surface
a child comes in contact with, including floors, that could be contaminated and spread disease to children
Procedure and Practices, including responsible person(s):
Routine cleaning and sanitizing or disinfecting of the child care setting will be supervised by
__________________ (Staff title/name) according to the schedule and procedures in
(Cleaning/Sanitation Procedures Checklist for child care settings)
___________________________ (Staff title/name) will complete and turn in Cleaning/Sanitation
Procedures Checklist to _______________________ (staff title/name) daily/ weekly (circle one)
Using soap and water to remove visible dirt then rinse with clean water.
Removing visible dirt and applying an additional sanitizer solution to reduce the number of germs likely to
____________________________________ (Product name) is EPA approved as a sanitizer or
hospital grade germicide and is used by manufacturer directions. Product is not toxic to children.
(Attach directions on how to use product properly)
____ (Check if used) Bleach solution is used in the concentrations on the sanitizing and
disinfecting guide sheet.
When the policy applies:
1. Tables used for eating and food preparation will be cleaned with soap and water, rinsed, and then
sanitized with bleach solution before and after each meal or snack.
2. Kitchen will be cleaned daily and more often if necessary. Sinks, counters, and floors will be cleaned
and sanitized at least daily. Refrigerator will be cleaned and sanitized monthly or more often as
3. Highchairs will be washed, rinsed, and sanitized before and after each use.
4. Mouthed toys, including machine washable toys and cloth books, will be washed, rinsed and
sanitized in between use by different children. A system for ongoing rotation of mouth toys will be
implemented in infant and young toddler rooms (i.e. a labeled “mouthed toy” bin). Only washable
toys will be used.
5. Toys (that are not mouthed toys) will be washed, rinsed, sanitized and air-dried at least weekly or
toys that are dishwasher safe can be run through a full wash and dry cycle.
6. Cloth toys and dress up toys will be laundered weekly or more often, as needed, for young
7. Child care laundry will be washed on hot cycle as needed at a temperature of at least 165 degrees
or with added sanitizing agent such as bleach.
8. Furniture, rugs, and carpeting in all areas will be vacuumed daily. This includes carpeting that may
be on walls or other surfaces than the floor. Carpets will be shampooed monthly in infant areas and
every three months in other areas, or more frequently as needed.
9. Hard floors will be swept and mopped (with cleaning detergent) and sanitized daily.