Restroom Sanitation Checklist

restroom signs pointing to bathroom where cleaners used restroom cleaning checklistNo business owner or manager wants to deliver the ultimate customer experience, only to lose repeat business because of a grimy restroom. To be sure, nothing repels and repulses customers faster than a dirty restroom. A filthy commercial restroom can also spur negative online reviews and mar an otherwise stellar relationship with your clients.

To avoid the negative consequences of a dirty business bathroom, a regular restroom deep cleaning and sanitation is a necessity. Instead of entrusting this important cleaning task to an employee, use this restroom sanitation checklist or outsource restroom deep cleaning to a local commercial cleaning company.

Counters

___Sanitize counters, sink bowls, and faucets with disinfectant.

___Clean mirrors.

___Wipe down paper towel dispenser.

___Clean hand dryers.

Restroom Stalls

___Disinfect trash receptacles in stalls and change bags.

___Clean entire toilet exterior (including handles).

___Disinfect urinals.

___Clean toilet bowls.

___Wash bathroom stall walls.

Other Restroom Areas

___Deep clean flooring and grout.

___Sanitize air duct covers and HVAC ducts.

___Dust and clean light fixtures and fans.

___Wash walls, baseboards, and ceiling.

___Restock restroom supplies (i.e. soap, paper towels, toilet paper, etc.).

___Replace trash bags in receptacles (i.e. stall, main trash, etc.).

___Clean trash receptacles.

Going on Vacation? Get these Home Cleaning Tasks Done

woman with suitcase after cleaning home before vacationYes! You’re going on vacation!

The countdown to vacation has begun, and you’re dreaming about all the fun. But before you head out to the serene beaches, create your own calm at home.

Think about it. There’s something to be said for coming home to a nice clean home, with the only item on the to-do list is to recover from your vacation.

Prioritization is the key. The time before a vacation can get fairly hectic, with a hurried rush to get packed and take care of any last-minute vacation prep. Tackle the cleaning tasks that need to get done first (or contact a cleaner so you can work or pack while they clean), and then roll up your sleeves and get those “it would be really nice to…” cleaning tasks done next (we’ve put the top priority cleaning tasks first on the list).

Wash dirty dishes.

If you don’t want to come home to mold and a nasty smell, wash your dirty dishes. Clean the sink out and wipe down the faucet.

Take out the trash.

A foul odor is not something to come home to. Remove bags from every garbage can in the home, such as the kitchen and bathrooms.

Clean out the refrigerator.

It’s amazing how fast items in the refrigerator can go bad, even when you’re only gone for a few days. Go through the refrigerator and pull out any items that would be unsafe to eat or drink, such as milk and fresh produce.

Wipe down the counters.

Ants and other pests can move in quickly, especially if you leave out temptations. Wipe down the counters to ensure that you don’t have to come home to pest extermination and cleaning.

Sweep the floors.

A floor full of debris can be just as much as an attraction for pests. Sweep the floors as thoroughly as possible and vacuum carpets. If you have time, mop the floors as well or contact a local cleaning service to give you a home of pristine floors you can come home to.

Clean the bathroom.

A clean bathroom definitely fits into the “it would be really nice to…” but it doesn’t have to be done. However, there’s no denying that a clean bathroom is a very nice luxury, giving you peace of mind while you’re away and one less thing to do when you get home. If you don’t have time, schedule a cleaner to get the job done while you are away.

Launder bedding.

Clean sheets feel and look great, and feel like heaven after a vacation. Launder all sheets and bedding before you go on vacation; make sure the bedding is hung up to dry or dry before you leave to prevent having to rewash the bedding.

Event Clean-up Tips

floor clean and ready for eventA grand opening, special event, or company picnic can be hugely beneficial for any business, but it can also be a colossal undertaking—especially when it’s time to return to business as normal. Event clean-up just adds to an already long facility maintenance checklist and requires more staffing time and resources. The event clean-up process doesn’t have to be lengthy or a major interruption to operations, however, especially if you follow these event clean-up tips.

Maintain the clean.

Before any event, an intense deep clean should be undertaken. Floors should be scrubbed and waxed (or the task should be outsourced to local floor cleaning professionals during off hours). Restrooms should be sanitized and restocked. The front lobby should be dusted and polished. During the event, take steps to maintain that deep clean. Hire day porter services for cleaning and restocking restrooms or allocate staff members specifically for the task. Put out a large amount off trash cans for guests to ensure that litter is not an issue and the clean-up is less labor intensive.

Organize materials for a clear clean-up process.

As much as possible, organization is key to an efficient event clean-up. During set-up, items get thrown haphazardly into storage closets and back rooms. This leads to a long take down and clean-up process as items are searched for. Or possibly worse, items are left wherever they were put, leading to storage and disorganization issues.

Outsource as needed.

The preparation and post-event cleaning checklist can get long; analyze costs to determine whether it is more cost-efficient to pay for additional staff hours or to outsource to a local cleaning service. If cleaning is needed during off-hours, such as an intense floor waxing when staffing is low, make sure the cost of overtime or late shift is used in calculations.

Be conscientious.

Moving large items is often part of event clean-up and take down; make sure that care is taken to protect doorways and walls. Assign conscientious staff members for moving or outsource the task so the clean-up is as successful as the event.

6 Tips for Cleaning the Allergens Out of Your Home

young woman sneezing into a tissue with really bad indoor allergiesAllergies can turn perfectly pleasant days into not-so-pleasant days. The sneezing, wheezing, runny nose, and itchy eyes can be a real annoyance, especially when you want to enjoy the warm temperatures. While you can’t get rid of the pollen or other seasonal allergens outside (unfortunately), there are cleaning steps you can take to keep those annoying allergens out of your home (and away from your body!).

Remove your clothes in the mudroom or laundry room before you enter.

The first step to keeping allergens out of the home starts as soon as you get home. Designate an “allergen area” where you can remove your clothes and bag them. Ideally this would be a mudroom or laundry room so the clothes can be laundered immediately. Removing and washing clothes before entering removes allergens on clothing so they are not brought into the home.

Use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter.

Regular vacuum cleaning is an important tactic in the allergy sufferer’s arsenal. Vacuuming removes allergens trapped in carpet and on furniture. Research every vacuum cleaner before you buy and select a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter (purchase a similar filter for your furnace so allergens are not circulated through the ducts). Vacuum regularly or outsource the task to a service that can stay on schedule.

Wear a mask when cleaning.

As you clean, wear a mask to protect your body from contact with allergens. Use a microfiber cloth which picks up and traps allergens. Make sure that you don’t leave any surface wet; moist environments can breed mold and other allergens.

Regularly launder bedding.

Even with removing clothes before you enter the home, allergens can still be carried into the home. Wash all bedding regularly, or hire a cleaning service to launder and make the bed so you don’t have to come into contact with allergens that cause your allergy symptoms to flare up.

Deep clean flooring.

Carpeting can trap allergens. Allergens can blow around on hard flooring, stirring up annoying allergy symptoms and making you miserable. Deep clean carpets and hard floors at least once a year, or more often if you have respiratory issues. If you don’t want to be present for the cleaning (and sneezing and wheezing and…), hire a professional cleaning service to deep clean floors while you are gone.

Don’t leave any corner uncleaned.

Allergens can get caught in the most unlikely places, so make sure that you don’t leave any corner untouched. Clean under couches, behind corner tables, under appliances, and under beds. Hire a cleaning service to tackle regular cleaning tasks on a regular basis so you can live virtually allergy symptom free.

What are day porter services?

office space in a facility where they are analyzing outsourcing or in-house cleaningDay porter services is a term used to describe a collection of services that keep almost every part of a facility clean and well-kept. Day porters provide behind-the-scenes maintenance without being overt about their duties; they keep every interior and exterior space presentable for clients and customers, and hygienic and neat for employees and visitors.

What are day porter services? What areas of a building are maintained via day porter services?

Day porter services are extensive, and can include (but are not limited to):

  • Picking up trash
  • Washing windows
  • Cleaning restrooms
  • Restocking restroom supplies
  • Mopping lobby floors
  • Power-washing parking lots and sidewalks
  • Cleaning counter tops
  • Removing trash and replacing garbage bags
  • Cleaning benches and dispensers in the parking lot
  • Water plants in containers and pots (interior and exterior)
  • Wiping down cafeteria tables
  • Cleaning kitchen
  • Washing and maintaining patio
  • Cleaning off seats and chairs
  • Conference room/event set-up
  • Alerting management to repairs and facility issues

Day porter services can be used on a daily or as-needed basis, such as during a large conference, grand opening, or customer event. Day porters work in the parking lot, patio, lobby, conference rooms, office areas, restrooms, kitchens, cafeteria, and hallways.

What facilities require day porter services?

Almost every different kind of facility may require day porter services. Some facilities outsource day porter services as a cost-saving measure over the cost of additional staff, while other companies contact cleaning services for event day porter services. Churches, hospitals, retail, and manufacturing facilities all may hire day porter services.

To get quality day porter services, use these guidelines for selecting the right cleaning service for the job. Make a list of day porter services that your company needs, and contact a local cleaning service for a customized, free quote.

Summer Home Cleaning Tips

happy young family have fun on swimming pool at summer vacationWhen the sun is shining and the summer temperatures start rising, it’s hard to find the motivation to clean your house. Who wants to clean when there’s so much to do? And so much fun to have outside? However, a clean house is imperative as you try to keep up with all the grill outs, vacations, sports schedules…(cleanliness is next to godliness, as the saying says). The list can go on and on, leaving you strapped for cleaning time. That’s when you should use these tips to maintain a clean house and a fun summer schedule.

Speed up your cleaning process.

There are a lot of small things you can do to speed up your cleaning process, such as carrying your supplies in a container (cuts down on trips back and forth), clearing out clutter, and other tips for faster cleaning we listed in a recent post. The faster you clean, the faster you can head out to enjoy the beautiful weather.

Bring in outside help when needed.

If you want to head outside sooner than later, hire a home cleaner to help take on some of the summer cleaning tasks you’re juggling. Contact a cleaning service with a list of cleaning tasks you need done (i.e. bathrooms, laundry, etc.), and enjoy the benefits of a shorter cleaning list.

Prevent the mess as much as possible.

An ounce of prevention can gain you hours of fun. Place mats and rugs by your doors to keep the mud at bay. Clean up after you cook as much as possible. Daily clean your shower doors.

Use bags for organization.

To keep up with all those activities you have scheduled AND try to keep your home clean, use bags to make sure you have everything you need when you need it. Unpack and reload those bags on a regular basis so you are ready for the next fun day.

Dine outside.

Al fresco dining has another advantage: it’s easier to clean up when you’re done. Take advantage of the warm temperatures as often as possible, and enjoy the advantages of a simple clean up.

Keep your laundry room ready to go.

Summer is a time for fun, and dirty shirts and shorts. Ready yourself for those unexpected surprises, and organize your laundry room so you can spot shot as soon as possible (or hire someone who can keep up with the laundry!).

Complete Facility Exterior Maintenance Checklist

commercial building that needs summer building maintenanceFacility and ground maintenance should be done at least twice a year, typically during fall and spring. Inspections and repairs are an essential add-on to an already extensive building maintenance list, making planning ahead an absolute necessity. Call vendors for quotes for facility maintenance well in advance before the snow falls (an absolute guarantee in Wisconsin) and before the snow melts in the spring. Schedule the work accordingly so all facility maintenance, interior and exterior, is completed promptly.

 

Grounds

__ Repair driveway.

__ Seal driveway.

__ Rake leaves.

__ Trim vegetation that interferes with vehicles or facility functions.

__ Pressure wash sidewalks.

__ Repair sidewalk cracks and trip hazards.

__ Clear flower beds and prep for planting/winter.

__ Inspect railings for damage.

__ Repair fencing around property as needed.

__ Clean area around dumpsters.

__ Clear off the area around storm drains.

 

Building

__ Clear out gutters (if applicable).

__ Perform preventative maintenance on roof HVAC systems.

__ Check exterior lighting and replace bulbs as needed.

__ Clean up debris on building grounds.

__ Pressure wash building exterior.

__ Clean/wash windows.

__ Inspect roof, siding, brick, and windows for damage and leaks.

__ Re-caulk and repair damage around windows.

__ Clean/wash doors.

Company Spring Cleaning Tips that Get the Job Done

commercial floors that need to be cleaned in a factoryAt business facilities, spring cleaning is business as normal; it’s an increased list of cleaning and maintenance tasks that need to be completed on top of all the other “normal” business. That doesn’t mean that the extensive list of company spring cleaning doesn’t come with a deadline. Depending on the business, spring can be a crazy time for businesses with fiscal quarters, weather, and an increased to-do list. We’ve put together this list of company spring cleaning tips to help company owners and managers manage the task load and meet deadlines during a very hectic time of year.

Plan ahead

There is some value in thinking ahead. As temperatures start to warm, make a plan for checking items off the list. Schedule vendors for overnight, weekends, or company shutdowns to minimize disruption of operations. For tasks kept inside the company, create a long-term plan with tasks assigned to different employees to manage preventative and spring maintenance.

Strip floors & rugs of outdoor grime

Winter precipitation, salt, and high foot traffic is a combination with negative implications for floors and rugs. In addition to the practical benefits of these surfaces, they also play an integral part in making a positive impression on customers and prevent one of the most common workplace injuries: slips, trips, and falls. A regular floor and rug cleaning can address both of those issues and prevent an additional cost from procrastination. Waiting too long to clean and remove the layers of dirt and grime can add expense to the next floor cleaning, because of the additional effort and supplies needed for cleaning. Get a quote for the floor cleaning as soon as possible so this spring cleaning task can be marked off the list before next spring.

Deep clean frequently used common spaces

Winter in Wisconsin typically tends to be a season with a high occurrence of illnesses that spread through the workplace like wildfire. Those contagious illnesses take a big cut out of the bottom line, and spring and summer allergies can disrupt operations just as severely. The solution is a deep clean that sanitizes kitchens, restrooms, and common areas. Schedule employees for the task during off-hours, or contact a cleaning service to remove germs and allergens.

Tackle outdoor maintenance

Parking lot and grounds maintenance is an essential part of springtime in Wisconsin. Schedule employees for driveway resealing, flower bed clean-up, and other outdoor maintenance tasks or contact a maintenance company or landscaper for the job. With the unpredictability of Wisconsin spring weather, be flexible with scheduling vendors or employees. Always have an indoor plan B in case of inclement weather.

Make preventative maintenance a priority

Preventative maintenance is a task that is not missed until a crisis strikes, such as an IT or machine failure. Maintain a schedule of preventative maintenance tasks that can be done throughout the spring. If preventative maintenance is outsourced, contact vendors to schedule preventative maintenance during off hours or weekends. Operations proceed a significantly more smoothly when IT and machine maintenance is done during off-hours.

36 Home Spring Cleaning Tips from the Pros

cleaning supplies for spring cleaningThe definition of a good spring cleaning is different to everyone; some homeowners want a faster spring cleaning. Families with allergies want a deep clean that removes all allergens from the home. Everyone wants a complete spring cleaning that includes every nook and crevice and completely rids homes of all the dirt and grime that builds up over the winter; that’s why we’ve put together a comprehensive list of spring cleaning tips that we know can accomplish every homeowner’s spring cleaning goal (we know because we use them!).

General Tips

  1. Start at the top of a room and work your way down (from ceiling to floor).
  2. Use a spring cleaning checklist.
  3. Divide up the list of tasks with other family, friends, or with a professional cleaner.
  4. Gather all your cleaning supplies before you work for more efficient (and speedy) cleaning.
  5. Organize before you clean to ensure that all surfaces are clear and ready for cleaning.
  6. If you have allergies, wear a mask and gloves as you clean (or hire a cleaning service to tackle deep cleaning tasks that can trigger allergies).
  7. Wipe down the front door (and door knob) from top to bottom; a clean front door makes a favorable first impression.
  8. Clean light fixtures in every room, which can easily get covered with dust and grease.

Window Cleaning

  1. Wash all your windows on a cloudy day.
  2. Use soft cloths to wash windows.
  3. If you don’t have a safe way to clean high or second-story windows, don’t risk a slip or fall. Contact professional window cleaners.
  4. Wipe down window hardware and window sills as you clean windows.
  5. Dust the top of all window curtain rods.
  6. Launder and dust all window coverings, which can trigger allergies and discolor from dust and light.

Main Rooms (Living Rooms, Dens, Etc.)

  1. Test any new cleaners on areas that are not visible to guests (in case of fading or discoloration).
  2. Don’t let puddles sit on wood, laminate, or luxury vinyl flooring; sitting water can damage the floors.
  3. Schedule a professional carpet cleaning to remove allergens.
  4. Clean behind entertainment centers and large furniture that can attract a build-up of dust.

Kitchens

  1. Clean the inside, top, and outside of appliances (i.e. dishwasher, stove, refrigerator).
  2. Wipe down cabinets (doors and top) and cabinet knobs; grease can build up on both.
  3. Deep clean exhaust fan covers (some can be done in the dishwasher).
  4. Clear out garbage disposals; make sure you turn off the electricity to it first.

Bathroom Cleaning

  1. Vacuum and wipe out the interior workings of the exhaust fan. (Don’t use a damp cloth and leave water behind.)
  2. Start at the top of the room and work your way down.

Bedroom Cleaning

  1. Launder all your bedding to remove dust mites and built-up dander.
  2. If you have allergies, don’t hang your laundry outside where it can attract outdoor allergens.
  3. Have your carpet professionally cleaned to remove allergens.
  4. Vacuum under and around your bed, on your mattress, and behind the bed to remove dust.

Laundry Room

  1. Organize all cleaning supplies before you start cleaning.
  2. Clean the top, sides, under, and behind the washer and dryer.
  3. Use wash machine cleaner to clean out the inside of the washer.

Office

  1. Clean off shelves and desks so you can easily clean all surfaces.
  2. Get area rugs deep cleaned by a professional every few years.
  3. Wipe off electrical and computer cords, which can attract dust. (Do not use moist rags.)

Mud Room

  1. Launder all winter clothes and put them away. (Hopefully you won’t need them until winter!)
  2. Deep clean rugs by the doors which can catch debris before it is tracked into the house.

How often should my business be cleaned?

conference room at business ready for cleaningAs with many questions in business, this commonly asked question from company owners and managers is an answer with no definitive answer. There are a number of factors that play into the answer, including the nature of the business and frequency of use.

The answer is more complicated when discussing specific rooms and spaces in a business; this list of estimated answers can guide managers and owners as they set a cleaning schedule for their specific facility.

Windows

Answer: At least three times a year. If your facility deals with a lot of dust or grease, schedule a monthly interior and exterior window cleaning. For a retail operation or a building with frequent customer foot traffic, contact a cleaning service to clean the windows in those frequently used spaces more often.

Rugs

Answer: Every month during winter and once during summer. The specific rug cleaning schedule for a facility depends on the season and foot traffic. If the rug is in a heavy traffic area, such as a busy lobby, it may need to be cleaned as often as every month or twice per month. To minimize interruptions to normal business operations, ask a cleaning company about a cleaning and delivery schedule that works around normal business hours. Maintaining a frequent cleaning schedule can extend the life of the rugs and reduce the rate of replacement.

Restrooms

Answer: Daily for a small or mid-size business, several times a day for a frequently-used restroom. The same formula can be used to determine the frequency of restroom deep cleaning; a restroom with low foot traffic may only require a deep clean every six months. A restroom that is used often should be deep cleaned every month (more often when concerned about the spread of an illness).

Carpet

Answer: Twice a year or once every 18 months. If the carpet is in area that receives every foot traffic, a professional carpet clean should be scheduled every six months (schedule the carpet cleaning during off hours or shut downs so productivity is not interrupted). In a facility with little foot traffic, a carpet cleaning is only needed every year and a half. Delaying these cleanings is not recommended; a lack of carpet cleaning can lead to a build-up of grime, mold, and mildew. Carpets that do not receive a deep clean may also cost more to deep clean. No matter the amount of foot traffic, a regular schedule of vacuuming should be maintained.

Hard floors

Answer: Daily, weekly, or monthly. The exact cleaning schedule for facility hard floors depends on the specific type of flooring and business activity. In a business that generates a lot of grease or dust, the floor should be cleaned daily. A regular deep cleaning needs to be scheduled to remove a build-up and prevent frequent workplace slips and falls. Contact a professional cleaning company to get their recommendation for floor cleaning schedule that fits your business needs.