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The Unsung Heroes of Academic Success: School Janitors

As summer temperatures soar in Arizona, Jani-King's school janitors work diligently to prepare educational institutions for the upcoming academic year, ensuring a clean and conducive learning environment.

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The Unsung Heroes of Academic Success: School Janitors

As the forecasts in Arizona quickly dive headfirst into 100+ temps, we’re reminded that summer is well underway. At Jani-King, summer also happens to be our busiest season for school janitors. From preschool classrooms to college lecture halls, our school janitors are turning the lights back on to get schools ready for the next academic year.

This annual tradition is not just about making the school look presentable; it's fundamental to creating an environment that’s conducive to learning. Let’s delve into how Jani-King, a pioneer in the cleaning industry, plays a pivotal role in this transformation.

Graduate of the Big Leagues

Jani-King's journey into educational institutions started with single classrooms and has since grown to include the libraries, dorms and athletic facilities that make up today’s college and university campuses. Educational institutions make up a quarter of Jani-King's business, reflecting the high demand and importance of maintaining clean and healthy learning environments.

Cleaner the School, the Better the Grade

Clean classrooms do more than just shine; they directly contribute to higher GPA’s. And we have the textbook research to back it up:

  • Enhanced Focus and Concentration: A tidy environment minimizes distractions, allowing students to focus better on their studies.
    • According to a study by the Princeton University Neuroscience Institute, physical clutter in the surroundings competes for your attention, resulting in decreased performance and increased stress. The study found that when participants cleared clutter from their work environment, they were better able to focus and process information, showing improved task performance and efficiency.

  • Reduced Stress and Anxiety: Clutter and mess can cause unnecessary stress. A clean space helps alleviate these negative feelings, creating a calm learning atmosphere.
    • A study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology found that individuals with cluttered homes were more likely to have higher levels of cortisol, a stress hormone. Conversely, those in tidier environments exhibited lower cortisol levels, indicating reduced stress and anxiety. The research highlights the significant psychological benefits of maintaining a clean and organized space.

  • Increased Motivation: Walking into a clean and organized classroom can boost students' motivation to engage and participate.
    • Research conducted by the University of Minnesota found that clean and orderly environments can lead to more healthy and productive choices. In the study, participants who worked in a clean room were more likely to choose healthier snacks and engage in more productive activities compared to those in a cluttered room, indicating a boost in motivation and engagement.

  • Instilled Sense of Pride: Students take pride in their school when it is well-maintained, fostering a sense of responsibility and respect for their surroundings.
    • According to a survey by the National Education Association, schools that are well-maintained and clean report higher levels of student satisfaction and pride. Approximately 90% of students in well-maintained schools expressed a sense of pride and responsibility towards their environment, significantly higher than those in less well-kept schools.

Anyone, anyone Bueller? Let Jani-King's Custodians Help Your Faculty Too

A clean campus also has a profound impact on the faculty and staff. After serving Arizona for 36 years, this is what we’ve noticed:

  • Higher Job Satisfaction: Teachers and staff appreciate a clean working environment, which translates to higher job satisfaction.

  • Increased Productivity: A clutter-free space allows faculty to be more organized and productive.

  • Better Health: Regular cleaning reduces the spread of germs, helping faculty and staff stay healthier throughout the year.

Jani-King Pop Quiz: Our List of Custodial Cleaning Services

Campus cleaning is more than just sweeping floors and emptying trash cans. Here’s a comprehensive look at what Jani-King's campus custodial cleaning services encompass:

  • Routine Care: Maintaining high standards in common areas, staff offices, restrooms, libraries, and lecture halls ensures daily cleanliness and hygiene.

  • Specialized Cleaning: This includes thorough cleaning of food courts, window washing, and specialty floor care, such as in laboratory maintenance.

  • Event Support: From homecoming to other significant events, Jani-King ensures venues are spotless and ready for use.

  • Athletic Fields: Keeping athletic fields clean and safe is crucial for sports activities and events.

The cleanliness of a campus significantly affects the educational experience for both students and staff. Schools partnering with Jani-King can rest assured that their environments will be meticulously maintained, promoting a healthier, happier, and more productive academic year. 

Because Ferris Bueller said it best:

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” 

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