No one likes a dirty restroom, but some restaurant owners may not fully understand how important cleanliness can be to their bottom line. Restroom cleaning may lose priority when the business is busy, and even when the restroom is cleaned, antiquated cleaning techniques such as mops and rags do little more than move filth around, resulting in a situation where a large number of customers may never return.
The Difficulties with Restaurant Restrooms
Not all business restrooms are created equal, as restaurant owners fully understand. When a business serves food, its restrooms face a number of difficulties that make them more difficult to keep clean. Traffic within restaurant restrooms is constant throughout the day, which means that without a frequent cleaning schedule, these areas can quickly turn from relatively clean to completely soiled. In addition, the soils tend to contain oils and grease, which are particularly challenging to clean.
These restrooms are also usually constructed with the same metal and vitreous fixtures that have been used for decades, despite the fact that these fixtures allow for the dispersion of aerosol contaminates throughout the facility. Most of these restrooms are also tiled, and grout creates a prime environment for the collection of contaminants, leading to significant bacteria growth and an odor problem.
Dirty Restrooms Lead to Lost Business
With all these things in mind, keeping a restaurant restroom clean can be very difficult, but doing so is imperative if the restaurant wants repeat business. A survey of 1,000 US adults by Harris Interactive, summarized in Reuters, found that four out of five people would avoid a restaurant in the future if they found a dirty restroom. Restaurants and hotels were at the top of the list of businesses that people would avoid due to soiled restrooms, even exceeding health care facilities.
Another Harris Interactive poll, summarized in USA Today, highlights the new difficulties that businesses face in light of the rise of social media and online review websites. The survey found that 50 percent of people who encounter a dirty restroom would discuss it with friends and family. Additionally, more and more unhappy patrons are posting reviews and even pictures of dirty restrooms to review sites and on social media platforms. These kinds of reviews can cost a business customers before many of them even set foot in the door.
Effective Restroom Cleaning
Mops and rags continue to be the tool of choice for many businesses, despite their obvious shortcomings. Even microfiber does little more than just move the dirt around once it's saturated.
Business owners who are serious about keeping their restrooms clean need to investigate a cleaning system that dispenses fresh cleaning solution, chemicals, and perhaps most importantly, a vacuum to truly get their restrooms clean. These systems have the power to clean deep fixtures, tile, and grout, even on the walls, ensuring a deep clean whenever they are used. They also have the benefit of working much faster than outdated methods, resulting in a completely clean restroom in a fraction of the time.
Only through the use of these types of systems can restaurant owners overcome the difficulties of cleaning their restrooms and ensure that each visitor finds no reason to avoid the business in the future.
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