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Reopen Your Campus Safely with an Effective Laundry Service
July 30, 2020 at 4:00 AM
college student working safely with a mask on while protecting others from coronavirus

Many parents, teachers, and students are concerned about schools reopening in the wake of Coronavirus (COVID-19). But luckily, most colleges and universities are taking all the necessary precautions to ensure their students and staff are safe.

Schools like the University of Virginia, Boston College, Dartmouth University, and more are requiring students and professors to wear masks at all times (except when they are in their dorm rooms.)

But are there other ways you can prevent a COVID-19 outbreak on your campus?

As it turns out, a great preventative measure is to set up an effective laundry strategy with a local dry cleaning service.

Here’s how to create a laundry plan that will help keep your campus safe from COVID-19:

Provide students and professors with PPE Equipment

Give students and teachers masks before the school year starts. The CDC (or Centers for Disease Control) recommends that students and staff wear cloth masks at all times as well as practice frequent hand washing.

You can also provide gowns for professors to wear during lectures and labs. This eliminates the risk for the virus to spread through direct contact with clothes or surfaces.

Be sure to have gowns cleaned on a regular basis by a professional dry-cleaner, like Boston Laundry Inc. We work with several schools to ensure gowns are cleaned and returned per CDC recommendations.

Set up an isolation wing for students or staff that test positive for COVID-19

The best way to stop the spread of COVID-19 is to identify it early, quarantine whomever is sick, and disinfect areas of use. It’s a good idea to set up an isolation wing on campus with clean linens, sheets, and towels. This will keep people comfortable and clean while they recover.

You should also provide campus nurses and doctors with additional PPE equipment such as gowns, gloves, and face shields.

Boston Laundry Inc. can help you with your linen and towel needs, as well as gown cleaning. We can even provide free pick-up and next day turnaround if a case unexpectedly develops overnight.

Have laundry services readily available for affected students or teachers

There are several safety measures to consider if a student or teacher becomes ill with COVID-19; specifically regarding cleaning and sanitizing their belongings.

One important measure is having all clothes, towels, and linens laundered professionally. Boston Laundry Inc. can handle this for you, so you can focus on other necessary steps to prevent the spread of the disease, and work on an action plan for those affected.

While this new normal can feel strange and sometimes cumbersome, these measures are absolutely doable. And will help keep your student body safe!

It’s best to stay prepared and positive. That way, no matter what, you will be ready to tackle whatever situation may arise.

Although laundry services may not be the first thing to come to mind, it’s an important resource to set up early on. Then you’ll have access to ongoing cleaning services as well as a reliable contact on hand should someone test positive.

Boston Laundry Inc. is here to support you with whatever laundry and dry cleaning services you need for this unique school year.

Just contact us to learn more about our available services.

Stay safe!

References:

https://news.virginia.edu/content/uva-will-provide-students-employees-personal-protective-equipment

https://www.cdc.gov/hai/pdfs/ppe/PPE-Sequence.pdf

https://www.acpjournals.org/doi/10.7326/M20-2927

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/schools.html

https://www.vnews.com/Racetrack-that-violated-orders-gets-OK-to-open-before-others-34751615

https://www.bc.edu/content/bc-web/sites/reopening-boston-college/students.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cleaning-disinfection.html