This article was originally published in Cleaning & Maintenance Management.
By Roni Barker
According to the best-selling book, Spark, by Dr. John Ratey
of Harvard Medical School and a member of the Healthy Facilities
Institute (HFI) Advisory Board, brain growth happens as a result of
That growth is especially pronounced when the exercise includes activities requiring an acquisition of skills. Thus, Ratey explains, learning to play the piano can make you smarter
for performing algebra because developing the skills needed to play the
piano creates brain connections that can be used to perform other tasks.
What does this have to do with cleaning? Simply put: Everything.
Learning the precise and well-orchestrated movements and skills needed
for cleaning and disinfection tasks that produce repeatable results — a
great example is Process Cleaning for Healthy Schools (PC4HS) — builds
brain cells for other activities. The bottom line is that, process-based cleaners and, indeed, any
skilled custodial professionals, are smarter than their
Per Dr. Ratey, for maximum brain development, you need both aerobic and skill-based exercise. Building upon this, cleaning and learning better, faster, healthier ways of executing tasks should aid in brain growth.