Administrators are often alarmed by the rapid spread of illnesses among those who use a public facility. Since you provide regular cleaning for restrooms, it even may be tempting to believe the problem does not start there. In fact, bacteria and viruses coming from the restroom toilets and sinks are commonly spread throughout the building by the oldest tool in the cleaning crews' arsenal: the mop. Here is how you can establish a far cleaner facility with clean restrooms as the backbone.
The Trail of the Virus
It's clear how bacteria end up in and around toilets, but it is less clear how mops could clean such germ-ridden surfaces. Cleaning crews start with clean mop water mixed with chemicals, yet as soon as the mop hits the floor, the bacteria begin to spread. Lines of grout between tiles and other structural defects make it easy for germs to fester and viruses to survive. Once the restroom is considered clean by the janitorial staff, their mops, buckets, and rags carry these contaminated soils with them.
Since cleaning crews must continue on their schedule, it isn't long before the same mop carrying bacteria is being used in a nearby hall, classroom, or other public space in the facility. The goal of cleaning the rooms is never reached because the germs are never removed by the cleaning teams. Instead, they are moved around the facility where they're able to create sickness among anyone using the buildings you manage. True cleaning requires a system that does not transfer these contaminants, but rather removes them.
Clean Restrooms through a Better Approach
A system that does not involve spreading bacteria to other parts of the facility has to be able to truly remove the contamination. The first step is eliminating the mop. Spray-and-vacuum cleaning attacks the filth where it starts in restrooms. The entire area of the toilets, sinks, and urinals are covered with a cleaning solution, and allowed to dwell to break down the soils. Following this step, crews continue the no-touch method by rinsing all surfaces and fixtures with fresh water and then vacuuming it all away from the floor, including the dirt and contaminants.
Cleaning teams can then empty the system into a toilet or slop sink before continuing to other areas of the building. The goal—cleanliness—is achieved when the contamination is removed from the place where it originated: the restroom.
Kaivac's No-Touch Cleaning System ends the cycle of transferring bacteria from room to room in your buildings. Every area of your facility becomes cleaner for it, and it all starts with clean restrooms.
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