Defining Current Cleaning Procedures – K-12

Defining Current Cleaning Procedures – K-12

ISSA_Member_Logo-RGB(1)Varsity Facility Services, a national janitorial services who uses the highest green cleaning methods, and an award winning member of ISSA, is proud to present a 10-part series of informative and vital blog posts from the “ISSA Clean Standard K-12 Schools 1014-2013 | Measure the Effectiveness of Cleaning”

Post #3 of 10:
Defining Current Cleaning Procedures

The implementation of a cleaning effectiveness improvement program involves defining current cleaning procedures and measuring their effectiveness, analyzing the results, considering potential improvements, and then implementing identified improvements.  The improvement process is a continuous cycle that requires constant reevaluation. The Clean Standard: K-12 formalizes this process by inserting the requirement to measure the effectiveness of the cleaning process and to ensure an efficient and healthy outcome rather than just a lower initial cost.
Toward that end, the first step in the process is to document the current custodial program for the facility, including an inventory of all materials and equipment used; personnel; and the scope of work for cleaning services (including the specific tasks to be performed and the frequency of service).  If outside services are employed as part of the regular maintenance program (window washing, gym floor refinishing, service to HVAC equipment, etc.) such services should be included as part of the master schedule for the school.


As the leading trade association for the cleaning industry worldwide, ISSA is committed to helping its members change the way the world views cleaning. It promotes the vision that cleaning is an investment in human health, the environment, and an improved bottom line.

ISSA’s more than 6,400 members include distributors, manufacturers, manufacturer representatives, building service contractors, in-house service providers and associated service members. The association helps increase professionalism and member success by offering business tools, educational products, industry standards, publications, events and legislative and regulatory services that specifically focus on the professional cleaning industry and the value it provides.

For more information about ISSA, visit or call 800-255-4772.


Bill Balek

In his current role as Director of Environmental Services for ISSA, which he has held since April, 2010, Bill is involved in the development of public policy, programs and initiatives that are designed to facilitate the success of companies in the green cleaning marketplace. Projects in which he is currently or has recently been involved in include:

1. Managing Transpare, a web-based system designed to communicate the environmental, safety and health attributes of cleaning products.

2. Managing the research that will define "clean" from a public health perspective for K-12 schools as well as establishing scientifically the positive connection between cleaning and health, and student performance.

3. Participated on the EPA committee that developed a pilot program for "green" disinfectants and sanitizers.

4. Co-chaired the committee that developed the guidelines and specifications for the Illinois green cleaning for schools act.

5. Manage the alliance between ISSA and the U.S. EPA Design for the Environment which is designed to promote the development and production of environmentally preferable cleaning products.

In his other role as Director of Legislative Affairs for ISSA, which he has held since August 1985, Bill oversees the association's regulatory and legislative programs. Issues covered include safety and health, transportation, product formulation, and other issues germane to the cleaning industry. Over the past several years Bill has been focusing on issues related to environmentally preferable cleaning products and services.
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