Children love going to McDonald’s to climb, slide, peek through bubble windows and have fun on the PlayPlace equipment. The goal is to give kids a fun, safe place to play while their parents get to enjoy a meal and the smiles on their kids’ faces. However, PlayPlace equipment can pose a cleaning challenge. Testing on PlayPlace and similar equipment has found various bacteria, etc. that can cause illnesses. Studies have found that regular cleaning of PlayPlace equipment can prevent these illnesses. The good news is that with the right cleaning tools and procedures, it isn’t difficult.


The first step in keeping a PlayPlace clean is to spot clean it regularly throughout the day. Make sure to pay attention to high-traffic areas such as handrails, entrances, exits, knobs/handles and any other high-contact areas. Use a clean, sanitizer-soaked towel or Microfiber Mitt each time you spot clean. Perform more thorough cleanings as needed.


At the end of each day, staff should do a full cleaning of the entire PlayPlace. That means someone will have to crawl through the tubes and slides to ensure the whole area gets clean.

  1. Crawl through each section of the PlayPlace, pick up any trash and throw it out.
  2. Clean inside and outside of tubes using the Flexi Frame Head and Damp Mop Cover along with your approved cleaning solution. Use an attachable Extension Pole to clean hard-to- reach areas, such as bubble windows and on top of the PlayPlace. The pole prevents employees from having to stand on ladders or step stools, preventing falls that could cause injuries.
  3. Use clean Microfiber Mitts to wipe off fingerprints from plastic and metal surfaces.
  4. Follow your regular cleaning procedures for tables, chairs and lobby areas.
  5. Vacuum the rubber floor then sweep it, paying special attention to areas under tables. Damp mop all floor areas with your approved cleaning solution and a mopping system which helps prevent cross-contamination.


Schedule a regular time once a week for a more thorough cleaning of the PlayPlace. This should include a full inspection to check for cracks, broken pieces, loose bolts or any other potential hazards. DO NOT let kids play on the PlayPlace if anything is broken or loose. Make sure they are fully repaired to avoid causing injuries.

  1. Remove foam pads from junction boxes. Wash, rinse and sanitize pads and allow them to air dry.
  2. Clean inside junction box using the Flexi Frame Head and Damp Mop Cover along with your approved cleaning solution. Once it is fully dry, replace foam pads.
  3. Clean inside and outside of tubes as you would during your daily cleaning. Use your Microfiber Mitt to scrub off any smudges or fingerprints. Then, spray them with sanitizer and allow the tubes to air dry. Make sure to pay special attention to crevices that can collect dirt and debris.
  4. Use the same process to clean inside and outside of bubble windows. Avoid using heavy degreasers or paper towels that can damage the windows. A squeegee and Flexible Dusting Wand with Microfiber Sleeve will help you easily clean those windows without scratching or damaging them.
  5. Place Wet Floor sign in a visible spot (or multiple places if you have several entrances) near your PlayPlace.
  6. Damp mop all floor areas with your approved cleaning solution.  Do not allow liquids and cleaning solutions to soak through the flooring materials.
  7. Using your Deck Brush, scrub the floors, including rubber flooring. Allow floor to dry completely before removing wet floor signs.

Note that some of these weekly cleaning procedures might need to be performed more often for high-traffic PlayPlaces. You should also clean netting around the PlayPlace weekly using the approved cleaning solution and a clean, sanitizer-soaked towel. Allow netting to air dry.

Taking the time to properly clean your PlayPlace will keep kids healthy, happy and begging their parents to come back for more fun and food.

Source:  Century Products LLC

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