It is commonly thought that many public restrooms are often the dirtiest places to be, especially if they are not kept up regularly. Places like this are often roadside rest areas that dot the sides of interstate highways, or even in more crowded venues like state or county fairgrounds. Such places are definitely not the cleanest, which means they’re likely a low priority in someone’s budget.
This should never be the case with your building, and you should strive to keep your bathrooms not just tidy but super-clean, with that cleanliness coming from the very capable hands of a professional cleaning team. Why?
Public restrooms should be cleaned often, because if they’re not, the potential is too great for your bathrooms to harbour bacteria and viruses. Customers or visitors to your business deserve to arrive healthy and stay that way when they leave. Children, the elderly and the otherwise immuno-compromised are especially vulnerable to illness, but keeping your bathrooms a hygienic environment should not stop there.
Health and Safety
Cleaning a restroom for health and safety, and not just to make a good impression (a common thought is “it looks clean, therefore it is”) should be the primary point of a restroom being cleaned by professionals to begin with. First off, while the typical human may not be infected with a virus or bacteria while using the toilet, the ones who regularly clean the toilets, sinks and the rest of the bathroom are truly at risk.
Why? The mop buckets, though they might be clean at the outset, end up becoming contaminated more and more over time. So too, do the mops, which essentially spread contaminated water around because the water doesn’t get changed often enough, nor do the mop buckets get cleaned often enough.
A third way that cleaning service workers must clean for the health and safety of everyone is that too often, hands don’t get washed after using the restroom. Plus, when the toilet’s flushed, particles of human waste get shot into the air and land on other surfaces. So even if a cleaning worker took their gloves off, to change them, then inadvertently touch other surfaces where that misty liquid waste might have landed, they’re still likely to spread the bacterial nasties around.
In case you’re in the dark about that, the names norovirus, rotovirus, Salmonella, E. Coli and Shigella among others, should ring a few bells.
Here’s something you might not know, though, about those string mops that are so popular in many businesses, such as hospitals and restaurants: even if you use a powerful disinfectant in the mop water, the disinfectant will actually bind to the cotton strings instead of being “released” onto the floor and essentially will be deactivated.
If you hire a professional team to clean your establishment’s bathrooms, make sure that they are trained in the knowledge that just because something is visibly clean doesn’t make it actually clean. Cleaning for appearance’s sake is not the same as cleaning for health, safety and hygiene, so just because your customers can’t tell the difference, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to know. After all, it’s your health and hygiene at risk too.Read More