Warning. This is about to get gross. Unpleasant odors indicate biological activity in the restroom. The stronger the odor, the more bacteria are thriving and reproducing. How did the bacteria get there? You’re going to regret asking that question. The moment a toilet is flushed, a fine mist of feces, urine, and bacteria flies into the air. Over the next couple hours, it will slowly settle on surfaces throughout the restroom. If the last person who used the facility was ill, those contaminants may cause disease. Disease-causing organisms on surfaces might lie in wait for weeks until a suitable host comes along. They also breed during that time, multiplying in numbers. From there, contaminants can spread quickly throughout the facility.
If professional cleaners are waging a war, they are doing it with woefully inadequate weapons. Mops weren’t built to remove. You wouldn’t remove paint from a canvas with a paintbrush, and you shouldn’t try to remove contaminants from a floor with a mop. Mops are naturals at spreading, distributing and cross contaminating. They also provide a nice damp environment for bacteria to hang out in between mopping. In fact, a single mop can become home to a bacterial population in the millions within just seven days.
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Science has now proven what many cleaning professionals have suspected for years: wiping surfaces such as desks with rags, sponges, and conventional cleaning cloths as well as mopping floors with string mops and buckets can spread as many contaminants as they remove.
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Dennis Wilson's Restroom Cleaning Business Ever heard of the 'foot flush'? How about the 'elbow push'? And here's a new one making the rounds: the 'pinky pull.' Heard of that one? These are only a few of the various avoidance techniques that people use to operate fixtures and open restroom doors with minimal body contact.
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