New Coverall® Survey Reveals People’s Perception of Cleanliness in Schools

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Back to school doesn’t have to mean back to germs for students and teachers

Coverall works with thousands of schools to implement a system that helps eradicate germs.

Students are encouraged to wash and sanitize their hands often, but a new study by Coverall North America, Inc., one of the leading franchisors in the commercial cleaning industry, finds most people don’t believe schools are properly cleaned and sanitized. Between superficial cleaning efforts and germ-filled rooms, two-thirds of the 500 adults surveyed believe a lack of cleanliness in schools leads to getting sick.

“Less than one-third of the adults we surveyed believe schools are properly sanitized on a daily basis, giving germs room and time to multiply,” said Coverall’s COO, Shirley Klein. “While the trash may be thrown out and floors vacuumed every day, the concern about a thorough cleaning is why the majority of people we surveyed say schools are on the dirtier side.”

It seems nearly impossible for students to escape the germs, no matter what room they are in. According to survey respondents, here are the places that carry the most germs:

  • Bathroom: 39.2%
  • Classroom: 24.1%
  • Cafeteria: 16.75%
  • Gym: 13.8%
  • Nurse’s Office: 6.2%

Some of the most common items students touch every day were voted the most germ infested by Coverall’s survey participants:

  • Door Handle: 38.3%
  • Water Fountain: 17.4%
  • Stairway Railing: 17.1%
  • Desk: 11.3%
  • School Supplies: 8.1%
  • Toilet: 7.8%

A lack of proper cleaning doesn’t just impact the kids – it costs adults time and money. A University of Utah School of Medicine study found that people living in childless homes are sick 3 to 4 weeks per year. Add one child and that number goes up to 18 weeks, then 29 weeks per year with a second child. While there are numerous reasons people miss work, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that absenteeism costs companies $225.8 billion annually.

“Coverall works with thousands of schools to implement a system that helps eradicate germs. Having a system in place to keep schools clean will help prevent illness, limit parents from taking unnecessary sick days and provide a more enjoyable learning experience,” added Klein.

About Coverall North America, Inc.
Since its inception in 1985, Coverall North America, Inc. has grown into a leading franchised brand, licensing thousands of entrepreneurs to operate independent commercial cleaning businesses using the Coverall® brand and system. In 2008, Coverall launched its proprietary Health-Based Cleaning System® Program and in 2014, introduced the Coverall Core 4® Process, demonstrating its dedication to continuous innovation and leadership on behalf of its franchisees. Coverall’s unique system combines advanced cleaning technologies and tools, hospital-grade disinfectants, professional training programs, business support services, and a passion for healthy cleaning. System-wide, more than 8,000 Franchised Businesses provide Coverall® Program services across 90 markets to over 50,000 customers. For more information, visit

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