When the game is over, fans file out of the stadium to celebrate their team’s victory or mourn its defeat, giving little thought to the mess they leave behind. It’s up to another team, a team of cleaners, to sanitize and disinfect the stadium so it will be ready for the next sporting event. Cleaning a stadium is no ordinary task. It’s a big job that can take between eight and 10 hours, depending on the size of the stadium, the number of fans who attended the game, and the number of workers available for cleanup duty. The team needs to follow specific stadium cleaning procedures in order to get the job done right.
Picking Up the Trash
The first step in stadium cleaning is disposing of the mountain of trash left behind by fans. Besides emptying overflowing trash cans, workers must deal with the drink cups, food wrappers, and half-eaten meals scattered around and pushed under, the stadium seats. Picking it up by hand would take forever, so workers use blowers, similar to the way you might use a leaf blower in your yard. They start at the top of the stadium and blow it down toward the bottom, where it’s blown into piles to be picked up by an industrial sweeper.
Cleaning the Seats
The thousands of fans bring in dirt and germs that are left behind on the seats and walkways after they’ve gone. Not to mention the sticky messes caused by spilled beer and food. It’s not practical to wipe down all the seats by hand, so workers use a pressure washer to hose them down. Then, a special vacuum sucks up the water, leaving the seats and surrounding areas clean and dry. Finally, the seats are sprayed with industrial-strength disinfectants designed to kill germs. Stadium cleaning procedures like this are especially important since the COVID pandemic, as fans want to know the stadium is as clean as it can be when they arrive for the next game.
Restrooms and Locker Rooms
During any given event, thousands of people will use the stadium’s restrooms, so sanitizing and disinfecting them is a huge part of the post-game cleaning procedures. The trash must be picked up, and the floor swept and mopped. The sinks and counters, toilets and urinals, need to be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. The cleaners should make sure to disinfect high-contact areas like door handles, ADA switches, and light switches. They will also need to restock toilet paper and paper towels and refill the soap dispensers. The players’ locker rooms pose similar challenges, with the addition of the showers and changing areas.
The Parking Lot
The parking lot will also need to be cleaned after every game. Tailgaters often leave trash behind, and sometimes people will finish their drinks on the way to the car, discarding the cup along the way. If this trash is not promptly cleaned up, it can attract insects and rodents.
A Big Job
Regular stadium cleaning is a big job that requires heavy equipment, skilled cleaning crews, and the right chemicals to disinfect and sanitize every surface. It may be more than your regular staff can handle. To make sure it’s done correctly and stadium cleaning procedures are followed, consider hiring the experts at Enviro-Master. Our technicians have the critical industry knowledge to get the job done skillfully. They use electrostatic sprayers that help kill viruses with a hospital-grade disinfectant that sticks to surfaces to keep germs from spreading.
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