Proper cleaning and care of your church pews shouldn’t be overlooked when cleaning the rest of your church. While these seating areas are likely on a regular dusting routine, wooden and fabric pews should also be cleaned and sanitized on a consistent basis. Cleaning and sanitizing your church’s pews not only keeps your seating areas looking nice, but can also help avoid spreading illnesses. Let’s take a closer look at how to sanitize church pews.

How to Sanitize Church Pews

Church pews will see a lot of traffic during the week and weekends from both adults and children. People will be there for services, and groups may also use the space to meet and host events. As noted earlier, the pews should already be on a recurring dusting schedule while also checking for any trash left behind or spills that happen while occupied.

Sanitizing Wooden Church Pews

Depending on the type of materials your church pews are made of will determine the cleaning solutions and cleaning processes you will use. After preliminary cleaning of your pews, if your pews are a wood surface and they are sealed, you can use a sanitizing wood solution and water to wipe your wood surface down with a soft cloth. It is best to go over the surface with a dry cloth as well to remove any moisture and to polish the surface. The solution might need time to work before wiping down and it’s best to read and understand the directions to any cleaning and sanitizing product before beginning.

If your pews are not sealed, you might need a more gentle cleaner for sanitizing the surface. A mild soap and water mixture might be enough for your needs. If you would like to use something stronger to disinfect your wood pews, the cleaning compound you choose should have directions on what surface it can be used on. If you are hesitant as to whether the cleaning agent is safe, try it on an obscure area first before applying everywhere. Again, make sure to wipe the pews with a dry cloth to remove any remaining moisture.

Church Pew Upholstery Cleaning and Sanitizing

First, cleaning church pew upholstery should involve picking up any debris and vacuuming the surface. From here, treat any stains that you see with a special upholstery or fabric cleaner. Again, test the solution on a hidden area before using it in a visible section of fabric. If the fabric is in need of extra help, professional steam cleaning might be necessary.

From here, you can now sanitize the fabric on your church pews. Yes! Sanitizing sprays for upholstery and fabric are available. They will require spraying the fabric well and allowing a few minutes to work its magic. From here, it will dry and leave a clean and sanitized surface.

Disinfecting Church Pews

If your church pews need a more serious cleaning for disinfecting reasons, consider electrostatic cleaning or fogging disinfecting. Both are processes that provide reassurance that your entire space will be disinfected and germ-free. We’ve also discussed the differences between sanitizing and disinfecting to keep everyone healthy in your gathering spaces.

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