How to Clean and Disinfect Playground Equipment

How to Clean and Disinfect Playground Equipment

Now that more playgrounds are opening up, it’s more important than ever that you take great care of your playground equipment. Just like any other public surface, you need to be cleaning your playground equipment and other site amenities at your school or daycare facility regularly. You more than likely already have everything you need to clean your playground equipment on hand.

Make sure to refer to the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces guidelines to clean and disinfect your playground equipment.

Playground Equipment Cleaning Instructions

  1. Before you disinfect, you must clean the playground equipment surface. Use soap and water all over the equipment. Use a low pressure option, like a garden hose, as high pressure washers can cause damage to any coatings or paint on the equipment.
  2. Use a CDC recommended diluted household bleach solution* to disinfect the playground equipment surface
  3. Leave the solution on for at least one minute, or whatever the manufacturer’s application instructions recommend
  4. Then rinse all playground equipment off and let air dry completely before use.

*4 teaspoons of bleach per quart of water OR 1/3 cup of bleach per gallon of water. Bleach solutions are not recommended for wood surfaces. Instead, use a 60%-70% alcohol solution.

WARNING

  • Don’t ever mix bleach with ammonia or any other cleaning product. This can create toxic gases
  • Do your research to determine if the cleaning product you’re using is compatible with the surface being cleaned
  • Check the expiration date on all cleansers and disinfectants
  • Always wear appropriate protective gear when working with cleansers and disinfectants

If you follow all of the recommendations by the CDC and ensure that you are using all your cleaning and disinfecting solutions correctly and on the correct surfaces, no harm should come to your playground equipment and your warranty will stay in tact.