How Does The New Normal Relate To A Podium or Lectern?

Since this Covid-19 pandemic has been upon us, it has changed the way we work, the way we worship, the way we interact, the way we clean, the way we shop and so much more.

With this pandemic we have come to know a new normal, which consists of restrictions that vary from state to state.

Even with restrictions, more and more states are opening public places and spaces and businesses are starting to attract customers.

But how does this relate to a podium or lectern you ask?

Business may have a check-in station to take daily employee temperature checks, healthcare check for symptoms, hand out masks, face (safety) shields, gloves, hand sanitizer, disinfecting agents and copies of safety guidelines.

At the check-in station a podium can store these items and the reading surface area can hold your record/log books for contact tracing.

Churches that are returning to in person worship services, may have the same set up as a business, with a check-in station.

Now, more than ever cleaning commonly touched surfaces has become an important routine. So, let’s not forget about that pulpit, podium, lectern and/or communion table.

Every pulpit, podium, lectern, and communion table are made of different materials that require different care methods.  Each routine is simple and easy to perform.


Use a mix of mild soap and water, along with a clean cotton cloth.  Wipe the surface of the podium, etc. with the solution and dry.

NEVER use a glass cleaning product or a product that contains ammonia on your item.

Also, there is a product called “Novus”, that you can purchase on the internet.


If your pulpit, etc. has an etched (white frosted look) logo, use a clean microfiber cloth with glass cleaner.  First spray glass cleaner directly on the soft cloth and gently wipe the surface of the glass panels.

If your pulpit, etc. has a logo with paint fill (color fill), avoid spraying cleaner directly onto the painted surface.  Clean by wiping with a dry microfiber cloth.

Glass pulpits with a photoplate, clean it by wiping with a dry microfiber cloth.


With a dry soft flannel or microfiber cloth wipe the surface of the wood base or trim.  This should be sufficient for normal dusting.

Occasionally, you may spray Pledge, onto a soft flannel cloth to clean wood base or trim.

DO NOT use a glass cleaner like, Windex, on the wood base or trim, as it will eventually strip the finish from your pulpit’s wood finish.


Dust them with a cloth that is damp with water only.  Be sure the cloth has been wrung out very thoroughly.


The acrylic panel(s) of the podium, pulpit, lectern, or communion table, should be cleaned with a mix of mild soap and water with a clean cotton cloth. Wipe the surface of the acrylic with the solution and dry.

The wood part(s) of the podium, pulpit, lectern or communion table, dust with a cloth that is damp with water.

Following these instructions of proper care and maintenance will not only help stop the spread of the virus it will ensure that your podium, pulpit, lectern, and communion table will maintain its beautiful appearance for years to come.

So, as we move ahead with this new normal, don’t forget about all the ways a podium can be used for, such as;  Virtual Teaching, Live Streaming and Webinars.

I hope this blog has been insightful.  Thanks for reading.



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