Whether your church has 50 members or 5,000, regular cleaning is essential to maintaining the building's luster. Minimizing germ exposure is also vital to ensuring the safety and well-being of church members. Your church should be cleaned at least once weekly, as well as after any special events.
The church bathrooms should be cleaned each week. Wash the counters and mirrors, and empty all of the trash cans. The toilet seats and bowls should be cleaned thoroughly with a strong cleaning agent. Papio Creek Church recommends Odoban, but Comet is also effective in killing germs.
The church kitchen will usually be cleaned by the staff using it, but weekly maintenance cleaning is essential for keeping the room shining. Empty all trash cans and wipe down the countertops, stovetops and sinks with disinfectant spray. Sweep and mop the floors and wash all of the windows. Refrigerators should be cleaned regularly.
The lobby, or foyer, is the main entrance and fellowship area of the church. This is where weekly bulletins are distributed, and typically where church members gather before and after services to chat. This area should be vacuumed or swept, and all trash cans emptied. Remove any old bulletins and dispose of them. If there is a snack table, remove any crumbs or leftover food and wipe down the table.
Sanctuaries typically see the most traffic, since they are used for church services, weddings and funerals. The sanctuary should be vacuumed and all trash cans should be emptied. Place hymnals and Bibles in their proper location and collect any abandoned bulletins. The stage area should be cleaned to remove any water bottles the choir may have left, and all props should be removed. Avoid cleaning the instruments: let the musicians handle that.
Thoroughly cleaning the church nursery is one of the most vital parts of church maintenance. Small children do not have fully developed immune systems, so they are especially susceptible to contracting colds and viruses. Vacuum the nursery floors and make sure they are free from any small objects, such as hair clips or coins. Wipe down the furniture with a non-toxic disinfectant. All of the toys should be cleaned with a disinfectant, especially the toys that infants and young crawlers place in their mouths. Change crib bedsheets and wash them in hot water to kill any remaining germs. wipe down crib mattress covers with a non-toxic disinfectant.
The church classrooms, which may be used to hold Bible studies or Sunday school lessons, should be vacuumed and tidied. This includes putting away any left over Bible study materials, such as papers, pens and Bibles. Wipe down the tables and chairs with disinfectant wipes. If the classrooms have coffeemakers, change the filters and restock the cups and coffee creamers.
Church office rooms are generally the well-used, since the pastoral staff is in them daily. The office floors should be vacuumed each week and all of the trash cans emptied. Dust the telephones, computer monitors and bookshelves. Disinfect the phones by wiping them with disinfectant wipes or a soapy washcloth.