ISSA has developed Clean Standard: K-12 to establish steps for objectively assessing the effectiveness of cleaning processes educational facilities. Additional versions of the standard for other facility types will be available in 2014.  

“In the face of difficult budget cuts and a misunderstanding of the importance cleaning has in the success of student education, our members and the schools they work with can use science to help make the case for proper cleaning,” said ISSA Executive Director John Garfinkel.

Based on the philosophy of “Clean, Measure, Monitor,” and with an emphasis on high-performance cleaning, the Clean Standard: K-12 focuses on:

•The desired levels of cleanliness that can reasonably be achieved;

•Recommended monitoring and inspection procedures to measure the effectiveness of cleaning

•How to use the measurement and inspection results to assess and improve cleaning processes and products, ultimately resulting in a clean, healthy, and safe learning environment.

Assessing cleaning effectiveness can help improve the process and ensure that the desired level of cleanliness is achieved and maintained at school facilities. This is especially important in light of the growing body of evidence that concludes that improved hygiene in schools results in reduced illnesses and reduced absenteeism.

“The Clean Standard: K-12 is a wonderful sales tool that will help differentiate our products and processes in a credible and objective manner based on their superior cleaning effectiveness,” said Jon Scoles, president, Scoles Floorshine Industries.

ISSA will provide a variety of education and tools to help members use the standard in educational facilities. Free “how-to” guides are available to help industry professionals implement the recommended steps to measure, monitor, and adjust processes. To download the standard and accompanying guides, visit