There are many challenges to cleaning high-traffic restrooms efficiently. Your custodial team must confront problems such as cross-contamination and odor removal on a daily basis. In warm-weather seasons, insects become yet another issue. Here's a guide to restroom bug prevention in the summer.
Why Restrooms Attract Bugs in the Summer
Bugs are attracted to heat, carbon dioxide (which people emit when they're sweating), and, of course, water. While custodians have to control bacteria that collects in sinks, on paper towel dispensers, and on restroom floors throughout the entire year, this is especially important during the summer. The higher temperatures and humidity levels during this season turn restrooms into breeding grounds for insects. As such, you will need to add even more points to your restroom cleaning checklist in the summertime.
This issue is further complicated by the fact that bacteria feeds off soil in restrooms, which creates foul odors and attracts more bugs. Even with quality climate control in your facilities, the added moisture in the air will make puddles last longer. These are ideal conditions for bugs to arrive and multiply.
How to Stop the Infiltration of Bugs into Your Restroom
Restroom bug prevention starts with effective cleaning procedures. Since mops and rags create slick conditions and are not particularly effective at removing bacteria, you should consider alternative ways to clean your restrooms. Spray-and-vac systems, such as Kaivac's OmniFlex Spray-and-Vac, offer better cleaning power and faster drying time. When using these tools, you can easily clean dangerous soils and safely vacuum them off the floor. Since spray-and-vac systems leave your floors completely dry, you can keep your facilities open as long as necessary, without worrying about the possibility that someone may slip and fall. This is particularly helpful if you operate a restroom that is open to the public on a 24-hour basis. By cleaning and drying your restrooms thoroughly, you can prevent bug infiltration.
Traditional cleaning tools may spread bacteria around the different surfaces on which they're used. As a result, bugs may be attracted to all of the different areas that you cleaned with a mop or rag. Spray-and-vac systems are built to prevent this type of cross-contamination.
Restroom bug prevention is a major issue in the summer, when sweat and moisture attract all types of bugs to your building. If your custodians use spray-and-vac systems, they will be able to clean much more quickly and efficiently than they would with traditional cleaning tools. This deeper clean will help to stop the infiltration of bugs.
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