8 Steps to a Cleaner Restroom
Restrooms are the source of more complaints than any other area in a facility. A dirty restroom not only creates a negative image of your business, it can also pose a serious health risk to employees and visitors. Follow these steps to ensure your restrooms – and your reputation – remain clean.
Step 1: Stock Your Cleaning Cart
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Step 2: Prepare for cleaning
- Set out signs to prevent entry
- Put on gloves, respirators, and splash goggles to protect yourself from bacteria and/or chemical contact
Step 3: Disinfect toilets and urinals
Toilets and urinals are a key source of foul odors and harmful bacteria, and so they require thorough cleaning and disinfection that follow a specific protocol. As disinfectants have different dwell times – that is, how long a disinfectant must remain in contact with a surface in order to effectively kill harmful bacteria – toilets should be treated with disinfectant and rinsed after the other areas of the restroom are clean. To properly disinfect a toilet or urinal, follow these steps:
- Plunge toilet water into drain with a toilet mop to remove water from toilet bowl
- Apply a generous amount of toilet bowl cleaner inside toilet rim and apply 1-2 ounces directly to bowl mop
- Swab inside of toilet bowl thoroughly and allow to dwell for 10 minutes, or according to dwell time indicated on chemical label for proper disinfection
- Apply disinfectant to a red microfiber cloth and clean toilet seats, handles, and exterior
- Repeat above procedures for each toilet and urinal, as well as toilet stall doors and partitions
Step 4: Sweep floors and dispose of debris
Step 5: Empty trash and refill dispensers
Keeping restrooms stocked and trash levels low prevents the spread of bacteria and creates a positive image for restroom visitors.
- Empty waste containers and replace liners
- Refill paper towel dispensers
- Refill hand soap dispensers
- Check metered air fresheners dispensers; replace cartridges and batteries if needed
- Refill toilet paper and toilet seat cover dispensers
- Empty feminine care receptacles and replace liners
- Refill feminine care product dispensers
Step 6: Clean glass and surfaces
Restroom surfaces – particularly high-touch areas like countertops, stall doors, and dispenser handles – are breeding grounds for germs. Thorough disinfecting of all surfaces prevents contamination and improves the overall aesthetics of your restrooms.
- Scrub and disinfect sinks and countertops; use a yellow microfiber cloth or disposable wiper to prevent cross-contamination
- Apply disinfectant to handles on manual paper towel and soap dispensers
- Remove rust, lime, and calcium stains with mineral removers
- Clean tile and grout thoroughly with a chemical cleaner and brush
- Clean mirrors with glass cleaner and blue microfiber cloth or low-lint disposable wiper