Dirty restrooms make any facility look bad, and the results of looking bad can range from a loss of prestige to loss of business. This means there are no excuses for not cleaning restrooms properly. Custodians especially need to focus on problem areas, from sinks to the dirty grout between the floor tiles. Here's how to deal with the bacteria and odors that get trapped in grout to create a cleaner, healthier facility.
The Problems with a Dirty Restroom
There's no limit to the damage a dirty restroom can do to a business or organization. A Harris Interactive poll found that 79 percent of customers would not return to a restaurant or hotel with dirty restrooms, and the numbers don't improve much in other facilities. For school administrators or health care facility operators, there's also the health impact to consider. Dirty restrooms can contribute to outbreaks of infectious diseases, which can cause permanent damage to an institution's reputation.
No matter how your team goes about its restroom cleaning, it will have to address the issue of dirty floors. Most restroom floors are made of tiles separated by grout lines, which trap bacteria and foul odors. Urine that gets on the floor feeds the bacteria, allowing them to spread. When you find yourself wondering why you can't seem to remove the smell of urine from a bathroom, look at the grout in the tile floors.
Tools for Attacking Dirty Grout
If your crew uses mops and buckets to clean tile floors, there's no way for them to remove the bacteria festering within the grout. Urine, fecal matter, and other forms of bacteria will continue to multiply in humid restroom conditions, making the odors worse. Unfortunately, mops only spread these bacteria around, so they continue to live. The odors won't disappear until your team removes the soils from the floors.
Getting into the grout requires dedicated tools. One inexpensive device is Kaivac's Mohawk Grout Brush, which attaches to Kaivac's standard vacuum wand. Instead of requiring separate devices, custodians can dislodge the filth in the grout, then immediately vacuum the solution away with the same tool. Larger problems beg for the Gatling Gun Grouter, a low-Cost high-speed rotary nozzle delivering the power of a truck mount on a portable 500 psi Kaivac No-Touch Cleaning system. This optional attachment blasts away the grime trapped in grout, which can then be vacuumed up. By dislodging the bacteria stuck in the grout, you can remove the odor and make the area between the tiles finally look clean. You now have a cleaner-looking facility that's also a healthier facility.
Removing the filth from the grout is an important step in making an impact on the smell of facility restrooms. Give your crew the tools to clean dirty grout and restore building restrooms to a healthier level of clean. For more information about advanced restroom cleaning by Kaivac, keep reading here.