Restrooms are some of the most-traveled areas and can contain several transferable germs, that is why their cleanliness is critical. With the potential for the spread of COVID-19 and the upcoming flu season approaching, restroom cleanliness is more important than ever.
Since there is the combination of heavy traffic and the potential for the spread of dangerous germs, emphasis should always be on maintaining acceptable levels of cleanliness in these spaces while using safe cleaning methods.
Flagship has put together the top tips directly from expert sanitation professionals. Here are 4 things custodians who clean for some of the biggest facilities in the country focus on to make sure their commercial facilities’ restrooms are clean, disinfected and safe for employees and visitors.
Use color coding to prevent cross contamination
Color-coded microfiber mops and rags are an easy way to ensure that the bacteria in restrooms doesn’t get spread to other surfaces.
For example, a facility’s technician uses red for toilets; green for dusting; blue for windows and glass; and yellow for counters, sinks, and other surfaces.
Having a color-coded system for your cleaning tools ensures that you are not spreading contaminants or mixing cleaning substances that could become a dangerous concoction.
It is important to take steps to protect yourself during the cleaning process. That’s one thing many people don’t think about.
You don’t want germs like e-coli, streptococcus, and salmonella on your hands or under your nails.
Make sure you wear gloves and clothing to protect your hands and skin from solutions and from the germs you’re eradicating.
A good pair of work shoes can help protect you from slipping on wet surfaces and goggles or glasses can protect your eyes from backsplash or drips.
Don’t forget your mask! A breathable face mask can help protect your lungs from viruses and debris particles from dust or construction.
Follow best practices
Simple rules like cleaning from high to low, from clean to dirty and from outside in can help ensure that your restrooms are appropriately cleaned. The key is starting with a method and sticking to it, while paying special attention to high-touch areas like handles, knobs and faucets.
Additionally, clean the cleaning tools! Make sure that all cleaning tools (mops and rags especially) are appropriately cleaned after use. If they are not cleaned properly, these tools become a hotbed of germs and bacteria.
Finally, always inspect your area and follow up with maintenance for any issues that are found. If you see a small problem, make sure others know about it early on so it doesn’t become a big problem.
Dilution control systems
Your cleaning solutions should always be diluted per the manufacturers’ instructions. More cleaning product and less water doesn’t necessarily mean that the resulting dilution will work any better – it is just wasteful and possibly dangerous!
The EPA has created a list of disinfectants that are for use against SARS-COV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Some of these cleaners may be new to you, so make sure you review the dilution directions onsite. If you add too much water, it may not be effective against COVID-19, and if you don’t add enough, it could be dangerous.
Control systems can save time when prepping cleaning chemicals and it will save money by not using more cleaning solution than needed.
These simple steps straight from the professionals can make a world of difference when it comes to cleaning restrooms.
When you understand which tools to use, and how and where to use them, it can help prevent the spread of germs. That’s half the battle to making your restroom a cleaner, safer place.
These are challenging times but Flagship's customizable approach to your facility's needs will help you protect employees and your assets now and into the future.