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Spot The Difference Spot cleaning is an interesting idea when applied to festivals. It refers to the situation where cleaning is done in dribs and drabs, as and when certain areas are spotted as needing attention. In theory, it works well, and it seems as though you can keep on top of things if you keep your cleaners constantly on the go, taking care of problems as they occur. However, it can only be done with any real effect if combined with team cleaning.


As the saying goes, prevention is always better than a cure where cleanliness is concerned.


If you have a team of cleaners assigned to an area who see an apparant lack of standards, it is quite easy for them to go over, take care of it, and then carry on. Problems can very soon start to occur if cleaners end up just wandering around though, unsure of what to clean, which is often the case for smaller events where it is assumed these areas will always be found. A smaller event requires no less organisational integrity than one as large as Glastonbury or V-Festival.


Cross-Contamination Illness is something which is almost expected at a festival, and as discussed above, not much emphasis is placed upon levels of hygiene by those who attend them, which is why it is up to the cleaning staff to make sure the environment of those attending is as pleasant as possible. One of the main areas of concern is the toilet area, as cross-contamination is a huge risk if not kept in check.


Port-a-loos and the like are notorious for their actions as a breeding ground, so with this in particular, there are three areas which must be kept as a priority:


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1. Make sure that the floors are kept in good condition: slips, trips and falls easily occur when you mix blocked (and therefore flooded) toilets together with customers. Keeping a toilet attendant in the block, or at the site, can often be the best solution so they are on hand to deal with it.


2. Make sure ample cleaning products are provided: the last thing you need is for your staff to run out of products and find themselves unable to do their job, leading to problems with the service provided and complaints. Keeping the toilets well stocked with tissue or towels and toilet roll is also very important, so regular spot checks on the cubicles are needed.


3. Hand wash facilities need to be exemplary: cross-contamination is spread throughout a festival so easily that to a certain extent it is inevitable. All you can do is try to limit the opportunities as much as possible, and good hand wash facilities, regularly cleaned with hand gel on side, will encourage people to think about it and to act on it.


As the saying goes, prevention is always better than a cure where cleanliness is concerned. The key things to remember when tackling an event clean-up are: organisation, regular team briefings, an emphasis on cross-contamination, and ample supplies for cleaners and customers. These are as paramount to disinfecting a festival as they are when tackling a school, a theatre, or even your own home.


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