Urine stains, grout lines and toilet scum: these are all terms custodial workers dread hearing when it comes time to tackle restroom cleaning. After all, who wants to get down on their hands and knees to clean under and behind toilets or scrub floors? But, the work needs to get done. Departments that ignore these areas or restroom cleaning run the risk of receiving complaints from building occupant about cleanliness.
At North Carolina State University, restroom cleaning complaints are few and far between, thanks to the implementation of automated equipment that helps improve cleaning processes. Fortunately for cleaners, the use of this equipment also gets them off their hands and knees.
'We began using spray-and-vacuum, no-touch equipment in our restroom cleaning roughly five years ago,' says Randy Reed, deputy assistant director for university housekeeping. 'Now, we have about 230 systems on hand ? one for every employee in the dorms, academic and athletic buildings, and seven to eight systems in our athletic department.'
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Originally ran in Housekeeping Solutions.