The American Cleaning Institute (ACI)

Cleaning Child Care Facilities

Choose and properly use the right products to help prevent illness every day!

Keeping your child care facility clean is vital for the health, safety and well-being of children and you. One of the most important steps you can take to reduce the spread of germs (i.e. bacteria, viruses and fungi) is keeping your environment clean throughout the day.

Always look for the EPA registration number on the product label to verify you are using a product that sanitizes or disinfects.

What are the differences between cleaning and disinfecting or sanitizing?

Clean: Physically remove dirt, germs and debris from a surface by scrubbing, washing and rinsing. It is done using soap or detergent and water.

Sanitize: Apply a product that kills 99.9% of the germs identified on its label.

Disinfect: Apply a disinfectant or disinfecting cleaner that kills nearly 100% of the germs identified on its label.

Cleaning Childcare Facilities Poster

Cleaning Childcare Poster Spanish

Daily Practices That Matter…

  1. Wash your hands often
  2. Understand the difference between cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting
  3. Choose the right product(s) for the job
  4. Read, understand and follow instructions for time between using and rinsing products
  5. Never mix products unless the label indicates that it is safe to do so
  6. Store products in a locked location that children cannot access
  7. Call the Poison help line at (800) 222-1222 if an accidental exposure occurs

Click on the poster image to the left to review locations that must be cleaned. The poster includes a chart indicating whether to clean, sanitize or disinfect and notes what should be cleaned before each use, after each use or daily.

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For more information:

California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR)
California Department of Social Services (CDSS)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
American Cleaning Institute (ACI)


Antimicrobial Pesticide Registration U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 
Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards; Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs, Third Edition