The stereotypical student certainly doesn’t have cleaning at front of mind. If you’re a certain age, you’ll probably remember The Young Ones, the 1980s BBC show which epitomised grimy student living. Similarly in the 2010s, the cast of characters in Fresh Meat were much more concerned with financial issues, work pressures and grades than with cleaning.
But whatever priorities the students have, universities have a broad range of cleaning requirements. Beyond TV comedies, much student accommodation is outsourced to companies that have to provide a certain level of cleanliness. And besides, universities are focused on their status as workplaces, with an attendant emphasis on health and safety for their staff. In this context, React works with a number of UK universities to provide a one-stop shop specialist cleaning service.
The UK university sector is vibrant - and needs to be kept clean
Across the UK there are 130 universities – and they’re a diverse bunch of institutions. On the one hand, there are some of the oldest academic institutions in the world such as Oxford and Cambridge. On the other hand, there is a wave of new universities founded in the twenty-first century (most recently, Leeds Arts University and Ravensbourne University London). With this diversity comes a huge breadth of cleaning needs, whether it’s a medieval quadrangle or a sparkling new plate glass building.
Indeed, it’s the variety of the cleaning job at universities which can cause other companies problems. From deep cleaning of teaching facilities and laboratories through to cleaning student accommodation, it’s a varied scope. In kitchens, universities need to concentrate on air hygiene, as well as surface cleaning and disinfection to prevent the spread of norovirus and other pathogens. Throughout university teaching facilities, it’s also vital to have fully functioning tested and cleaned Fire Dampers. And both in accommodation and communal facilities, pest control and monitoring of traps is a key concern. Here at React, we can take a one stop shop approach to all these university cleaning assignments.
Comprehensive cleaning for an East Midlands institution
We’re proud of the specialist cleaning service we provide at a leading UK university based in the East Midlands. As part of the Russell Group of British research universities, it is among the top 100 ranked universities in the world. One particular area where the university ranks highly is in pharmacy and pharmacology. Keeping labs clean is therefore one of the university’s highest priorities.
Our initial involvement was to clear up after the closure of a travellers’ site on the edge of the university campus. Since then, we’ve established ourselves as a cleaning partner with the university. We have covered specialist cleaning for everything from student accommodation to canteen kitchens. We have cleared facilities of pigeon guano and installed bird-proofing devices to stop the problem from recurring. And we’re available for emergency cleaning in a crisis too, when handling a situation with sensitivity is the main concern.
Our fully vetted and accredited staff are available to undertake both regular scheduled cleaning and urgent 24/7/365 ad hoc services for any immediate cleaning requirements that may arise. Our focus is ensuring the safety of students and teaching staff, with minimal disruption to their day-to-day activities. Whether it’s cleaning a kitchen grease extractor or disinfecting a washroom surface, we’re the one-stop shop specialist cleaning company for any university. #UniversityCleaning #OneStopShopCleaning #SpecialistCleaning
Contact one of the team today to find out more about our one-stop shop specialist cleaning services for universities.
Post by Shaun D. Doak
Shaun is the Managing Director of React Specialist Cleaning. He is deeply committed to making sure that every one of our company’s clients receives the highest possible level of service. An expert in HVAC and commercial and industrial cleaning methodologies, Shaun has extensive experience in the facilities management and renewable services sector.