In a recent survey conducted by the Bradley Corporation called the “Healthy Handwashing Survey“, a majority of public restroom users believe an unclean restroom indicates poor management and shows the business doesn’t care about customers.
Restroom cleanliness can have a big impact on a customer’s perception of the facility. Not only are restroom aesthetics important, proper sanitation and disinfection are important as well. Restrooms are a great place for bacterial and viral cross-contamination. High-touch surfaces such as toilets, urinals, doorknobs, stall locks, toilet handles, and countertops can all be touched before hands get washed. In this process, germs and bacteria have already been transferred to six different objects.
When it comes to cleaning and disinfecting restrooms, a cleaning professional must understand the differences between cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting. Cleaning removes dirt and germs from objects and surfaces. Sanitizing reduces germs on surfaces. Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces if the disinfectant is used properly; always read the manufacture’s instructions regarding contact time when using disinfectants.
Using the right cleaning equipment can also help reduce cross-contamination. Do not use the same cleaning tools, such as cloths, between different surfaces. If possible, use disposable wipes, such as Century Q Wipes, to disinfect surfaces. To read more about restroom cleaning tools, check out the Restroom Cleaning Tools: Must-Have Tools blog.
Here’s a short training video on top to bottom restroom cleaning.
For more information on restroom care, restroom cleaning tools, and a full line of restroom cleaning products, visit Multi-Clean’s Restroom Care webpage.
For a listing of Multi-Clean liquid disinfectants or disinfecting wipes, please visit Multi-Clean’s Infection Control webpage.