Safety First: Back to School

It’s that time of year: back to school! As this annual rite of passage gets underway, news reports of the ongoing health crisis affecting virtually all age groups are alarming. Going forward, improving and intensifying cleaning and sanitizing protocols for students and schools are a must.

New research reveals that germs survive on surfaces for up to 28 days. Protecting high-touch surfaces and objects from cross-contamination is part of maximizing school safety. With that said, none of the traditional sanitizing methods (alcohol, bleach, chlorine) compare to the long-lasting, natural germ-fighting protection of QACs (quaternary ammonium compounds).


For schools, facility maintenance procedures must now include daily cleaning and sanitizing of all high-touch objects and surfaces. Classrooms and common areas on-campus as well as materials brought to and from school fall under daily cleaning and sanitizing maintenance processes. Schools must also maintain surface protection in food preparation areas, dining rooms, and auditoriums.

To maximize germ and bacteria-fighting protection:

  • Clear all surfaces of dirt, dust, and debris.
  • Thoroughly wash each surface with soap and water.
  • Air dry to prevent cross-contamination.
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE): eye protection, gloves, and respiratory protection is recommended.

Maintaining maximum germ-fighting protection of high-touch surfaces and objects is time-consuming. However, advances in sanitizing science now provide new timesaving options to consider.

OUTDATED APPROACH: Using alcohol, bleach, or chlorine requires more time for achieving maximum effectiveness. With bleach or chlorine, surfaces must be soaked for 15 minutes (before rinsing and air drying), and this fills rooms with toxic fumes requiring ample ventilation. Furthermore, bleach and chlorine only provide 24 hours of protection and alcohol effectiveness is a maximum of 20 seconds while wet.

NEW TIMESAVING, NON-TOXIC APPROACH: Advanced cleaning sanitizers formulated with QACs top the recommended products list for restoring institutions, organizations, businesses, and facilities. Versatile and powerful, QACs can eradicate aquatic invasive species and harmful germs yet are gentle enough for use in hair and skin care products, eye drops, and baby wipes. As a matter of fact, QACs celebrate 90-plus years of safe sanitizing history. Eco-friendly, non-toxic, and long-lasting, QACs are basically organic salts (that can be synthesized). Interestingly, specific QAC formulations can even last for up to 90 days on a variety of surfaces.


Students, parents, and teachers will be glad to know they have access to a no-sting, alcohol-free hand sanitizer that lasts up to 4-hours per application. For children, this is safer and more practical than applying an alcohol-based hand sanitizer every 20 seconds. Additionally, children’s organs, especially the liver, are underdeveloped and alcohol absorption through the skin can have negative effects.

Sanitizing Wipes

GlanHealth’s alcohol-free hand sanitizer sprays and wipes are ideal for backpacks and briefcases alike.

GlanHealth™ surface products provide up to 28 days of powerful germ-fighting protection and are safe for all surfaces, food preparation areas, and washable fabrics.

All GlanHealth™ QAC water-based formulations create a nano-thin, triple layer of long-lasting germ-fighting protection. Additional benefits include:

  • Unique: triple action causes immediate germ cell death.
  • Hands and body: up to 4-hours of protection (per application).
  • Surfaces: up to 28-days of protection (per application).
  • Timesaving, easy to use: electrostatic sprayer, handheld sprayer, sprays, and wipes.
  • Safe: all common areas, food preparation, and food serving areas.
  • Anti-static: safe for use on electronics and in laundry.
  • Non-damaging: safe for use on all touchable surfaces and furniture.

For more information on cleaning and sanitizing high-touch and high-traffic areas just in time for back-to-school, click here.