Restroom Cleaning Tips
Restroom cleaning is undoubtedly the most important job for any maintenance professional. It is also the least pleasant. After all, no one loves the idea of getting on their hands and knees to scrub a single toilet. Now think of all of the toilets, urinals, sinks and other restroom touchpoints that must be maintained at any given school, office or retail establishment every single day and the job seems even more impossible.
Yet protecting public health demands just that to keep our restrooms clean and safe.
Good restroom cleaning practices protects more than public health. A well-maintained, fresh-smelling space reflects back positively on the rest of the organization and builds trust and loyalty. Poorly-maintained, foul-smelling facilities send a different message; that the organization doesn't care about its spaces, its employees or its customers.
Restroom cleaning is vital but it doesn't have to be expensive, difficult or time consuming if you use the right equipment.
Why Are Public Restrooms So Gross?
Google "why are public restrooms so gross?" and you'll find that many people are asking the same question. A lot of the common complaints; unflushed fixtures, urine spattered toilet seats, liquid (maybe water, maybe something else) on the floor and garbage everywhere, can be blamed on bad user behavior.
Other complaints, like no toilet paper, hand towels or soap, bad smells and stained or clogged fixtures, can be chalked up to poor maintenance practices.
No matter the cause, the resulting mess leaves a bad impression. That impression is amplified as a growing number of people rely on public restrooms for more than a place to use the toilet or wash their hands. The latest Bradley Corporation Healthy Hand Washing Survey found lots of other reasons Americans choose to visit a public restroom.
- 47% Check their Appearance.
- 40% Blow their Nose or Cough
- 27% Take a Break
- 25% Use their Cell Phone
- 14% Change their Clothes
The rise of the family restroom also speaks to the multifunctionality of these public spaces. Seventy six percent of parents report not only using the toilet in a family restroom but also washing hands, changing diapers, changing clothes, washing their child's face and calming a child.
'Our survey this year shows that public restrooms meet so many needs,' said Jon Dommisse, director of strategy and corporate development for Bradley Corp. in an article for PHCPPros.com. 'They are a space that's important to everyday life for hundreds of millions of people.'
What's at Stake
With all of the activity going on in these spaces, restroom cleaning has never been more important to your organization's reputation. In fact, most people, 64% according to the Bradley survey, made a conscious decision to go to a business based on its history of cleaner, better-maintained restroom.
The numbers are even higher at schools. Nearly two thirds of U.S. high school students surveyed state that badly-maintained restrooms show that the school doesn't care about it's students, reflect poor management and lowers their overall opinion of the facility, as reported by Cleaning & Maintenance Management.
The numbers tell a clear story. Clean restrooms are vital to your reputation.
What's the Germ Count?
But proper restroom cleaning is more than just good for your facility's image. Dirty restrooms do in fact harbor a variety of pathogens. Some are benign, others more dangerous.
A recent study found genetic traces of more than 77,000 distinct types of bacteria and viruses in restrooms. The most prevalent include: fecal bacteria, influenza, streptococcus, E. coli, hepatitis, MRSA, salmonella, shigella and norovirus. News of the novel coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan City, China and its spread has brought pathogens into sharper focus as global markets react to fears of a pandemic.
As long as common sense and proper handwashing techniques are used, the chances of catching a serious illness in a restroom are small. But try telling that to a panicked public where perception is reality.
Restroom Cleaning Made Fast and Easy
Traditional tools like cotton mops and rags can't clean restrooms well. They're time consuming, cumbersome and frankly, humiliating to use. Do you want to get on your hands and knees spraying and wiping a restroom full of dirty toilets with a cloth?
Even worse, these methods don't even fully remove the dirt, soils and pathogens found in a restroom. The result is a frustrated cleaning staff, smelly restrooms and unsatisfied customers.
Try a Kaivac No-Touch system instead. This state-of-the-art technology combines chemical metering and injection, a pressure washer and wet vacuum into one system. The No-Touch thoroughly removes restroom contaminates in half the time of cotton mops and leaves surfaces dry and ready to use.
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Amy Milshtein covers design, facility management and business topics for a variety of trade publications and consumer magazines.
Her work has won several awards, most recently a regional silver Azbee Award of Excellence.
She lives in Portland, OR with her family and Clyde, a 15-lb tabby cat. Once an avid hiker, these days she finds herself on the less-challenging -but-still-exciting 'creaky knees' trails.