Studies show that building occupants will avoid repeat visits to facilities that have poorly maintained restrooms. Maintaining these areas means cleaning and disinfecting, but it also means ridding the area of foul odors — a difficult task in older facilities that have poor restroom ventilation. Custodial departments find it difficult to maintain expected levels of clean when a building’s structure and restroom ventilation is to blame for poor perception
With little air movement in and out of the restroom ventilation system, odors often linger. This includes potential volatile organic compounds (VOC) originating from cleaning chemicals used during cleaning. With the chance of someone having an allergy to a cleaning product, try to use cleaning products with a neutral odor and low VOCs. This is especially important as cleaners tend to restrooms during times when guests are present.
Since restrooms are in constant use during the day, most of the heavy, deep cleaning is done at night and in the early mornings to ensure that there is no lingering scent in the restrooms when members arrive. Cleaning in the evenings allows for the restroom ventilation system to catch up and rid the area of any odor, albeit very minimal.
As a result, try switching to a metered dispensing system to promote a more consistent use of cleaning products. We recommend checking restrooms daily, and checking specific areas three times a week.
For example, soap scum buildup in the locker room showers has been an area of concern. By checking the shower walls every two to three days to make sure they’re clean, you can be confident that janitors are using the right cleaning products — and using them properly. The follow-up has also revealed no chemical smell. The restroom ventilation is no longer an issue with this program in place.
Identifying restroom cleaning needs and properly executing them can speak volumes about a business, especially in facilities where restroom ventilation is an issue. Managers are advised to review the restroom cleaning program and ensure that the right resources are allocated to the right tasks. Doing so will save time and money, while providing building occupants with a positive experience.