When dealing with areas as contaminated as public restrooms, antiquated cleaning methods simply don't hit the mark—yet that is all that most custodial crews have at their disposal. Worse, they might be missing the areas that should top the priority list. To keep your restrooms as clean as possible, draw up a restroom cleaning checklist that addresses the real danger areas:
1. Restroom sinks: Tests on restroom sinks have turned up salmonella, listeria, and E. coli, among other infectious bacteria. Sinks are often considered one of the safer areas in a restroom, but that idea is mistaken. Bacteria on restroom users' hands is often left on soap dispensers, sink knobs, and hand dryers, especially when they require manual activation. Cleaning experts recommend starting with restroom sinks to cut down on bacteria transfer.
2. Toilet areas: The spread of the most dangerous bacteria, of course, begins with waste transfer at toilets. Cleaning crews have to worry about spreading the dangerous bacteria left on toilets, flush knobs, and the floor around the bowl. Mopping and cleaning with rags has major disadvantages, because it's easy to transfer these infectious materials to other parts of the bathroom and the building. Cleaning these areas properly is important, but the right equipment is necessary to accomplish this. Soil removal is the goal, and this is only possible with spray-and-vac cleaning.
3. Dispensers: Hands-free soap dispensers, water knobs, and towel dispensers or blow dryers are the safest way for restroom users to clean their hands. If your facility has an old-fashioned system in place, it's necessary to clean each dispenser frequently to contain the risk of bacteria transfer in the facility. Add this important step to your team's restroom cleaning checklist. Again, hands-free cleaning methods are the best way to avoid cross-contamination.
4. Trash receptacles: In the worst-case scenario, used diapers and sanitary napkins will end up in toilets, overflowing the bowl and creating unsafe conditions for restroom users and cleaning crews. But even when these biohazardous materials are disposed of properly, trash receptacles are repositories for infectious bacteria. Regular trash removal and cleaning schedules must be observed to keep receptacles safe for restrooms users.
5. Restroom floors: In terms of overall soil content and potential for cross-contamination, restroom floors present the biggest challenge for cleaning crews. Hazardous materials that end up on the floor and stick in the grout are particularly difficult to remove. Worst of all, the bacteria will stick in mop heads and cleaning rags. When these materials are used elsewhere in the building, cleaning crews often transfer the most hazardous materials from restrooms to other rooms.
Your cleaning crew has an enormous challenge ahead of them in handling restrooms. If the crew doesn't have a restroom cleaning checklist and the tools to do the job correctly, your building could become a breeding ground for infectious waste. Use the Kaivac No-Touch Cleaning method to turn the tide in your building.
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