Restroom cleaning should be at the top of any commercial cleaning checklist. Clean restrooms create a favorable impression with customers and employees and maintain a safe environment that contributes to maximum productivity. While keeping restrooms clean isn’t an extremely complex process, it does require establishing a restroom cleaning schedule and protocols that ensure complete disinfection, cleanliness, and safety.
Allocate time and staffing to restroom cleaning.
The key to keeping company restrooms clean is establishing a set restroom cleaning schedule. Unfortunately, approaching restroom cleaning with a “we’ll get to it when we can” philosophy does not typically result in a consistently clean company bathroom.
Instead, commercial facility managers should draw up a company restroom cleaning schedule and set clear expectations for the task. Establishing clear expectations starts with a restroom cleaning checklist and continues with staff trainings or a discussion with an experienced commercial cleaning company.
Use the most effective restroom cleaners.
Restroom cleaning products should not only clean restroom surfaces, but also prevent the spread of infections (i.e. common colds, stomach flu, hepatitis, etc.) Disinfecting cleaners are especially important for common surfaces that are used by everyone, such as faucets and handles. Companies should avoid using sponges for commercial restroom cleaning because they can transfer bacteria between surfaces.
In addition to their cleaning ability, efficient restroom cleaning also hinges on proper storage and organization. All restroom cleaners should be stored in an area that stays within temperatures that maintain maximum effectiveness. Cleaners should also be used specifically for restroom cleaning, ensuring that they are easily and quickly found by employees or cleaning service pros.
Freshen the space.
A clean restroom is about more than just clean surfaces. A clean company restroom should not be odorous. This can be accomplished by venting the space regularly. Some companies can also use air fresheners, but care should be taken when choosing these products because they can trigger allergy and respiratory symptoms in employees and visitors.
Utilize protective equipment and signs.
Protective equipment is an important part of commercial cleaning, providing protection for cleaning employees and restroom visitors. (Commercial cleaning services typically provide their own protective cleaning equipment.) The first type of protective equipment usually includes gloves and masks for cleaning personnel. Signs are a secondary method of protection, protecting visitors from exposure to cleaning products and hazardous wet surfaces.
Disinfect the restroom regularly.
A restroom disinfection can be a regular occurrence, but should also be accompanied by a regularly scheduled deep clean. The frequency of the deep clean depends on the facility; high-traffic restrooms may require a quarterly or even monthly deep clean. These deep cleans require more time and can be scheduled for off-peak hours (especially with a commercial cleaning service) when there is less traffic in the facility.