Cleaning crews often face their toughest challenge in restroom cleaning, regardless of the facility type. Restrooms have many different parts and places that require effective cleaning, and it's easy for custodians to overlook the less obvious ones—but custodial teams should never ignore stall partitions and doors when cleaning restrooms.
Bacteria Transfer on Restroom Partitions
Though custodians focus on toilets and floors for obvious reasons, there are also other restroom areas that should be at the top of any cleaning checklist. Toilet use is just the beginning of the trouble—urine particles may also escape the receptacle and reach the partitions. While the dangers of oral-fecal contaminant transfer are well known, it's actually urine that causes most of the problems in a restroom. Urine serves as food for bacteria and creates the odors people associate with filthy facilities.
Restroom visitors may also carry germs from touching toilet seats and handles. When they leave the stall, they transfer the bacteria from their hands onto the door. To minimize the potential for disease transfer and foul-smelling restrooms, your crew should wipe these doors down regularly with effective cleaning tools.
Confronting Dirty Stall Partitions and Doors
On restroom surfaces, users are likely to encounter salmonella, listeria, and E. coli, among other dangerous bacteria. Studies on conventional cleaning tools have shown that rags don't do an effective job at removing these harmful soils, and they get progressively less efficient with each surface you clean.
The KaiFly, Kaivac's flat surface cleaning system, can handle the job without risk of cross-contamination. Using microfiber technology, a motorized sprayer, and an easy-to-use squeegee, this system removes the bacteria hanging around stalls and partitions. Bacteria testing showed that the KaiFly removes 80 times more bacteria than conventional rags and wipes, and it removes 99.9 percent of bacteria using only tap water. This soil removal system delivers hygienic cleaning you can't get from traditional methods.
Handles, Locks, and Hooks
For locks, door handles, coat hooks, and other parts of a stall that aren't flat, your cleaning crew will need a disposable wipe or microfiber towel for thorough cleaning. Because cross-contamination is so prevalent in restroom cleaning, it's important not to reuse towel surfaces—custodians should continually refold towels to expose unused sections. The Kaivac SmartTowel folds into eight clearly labeled panels, so custodians can be sure not to use the same area twice. For touch points around the bathroom that the KaiFly cannot reach, these towels are a useful weapon in the fight against disease transfer.
To kill dangerous bacteria and create a safe haven for restroom users, your crew needs to clean everywhere—from toilets and sinks to stall partitions and doors. When you put your employees to work, support them by providing guidelines on proper cleaning techniques and the tools to do the job right.
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