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BIG Restroom Cleaning Mistakes

restroom signs pointing to bathroom where cleaners used restroom cleaning checklistIt may be time to move restroom cleaning to the top of the business cleaning checklist. Though it may seem like a small task, a clean bathroom is an important part of every customer experience—and one they relate directly to your business (even if the space is rented).

Not scheduling periodic restroom checks

Even when a business is busy, it’s important to ask an employee (or employees) to clean the restroom. Customers aren’t going to return to a business if the restroom is dirty, and most customers don’t make allowances for businesses in rented spaces or for a busy time.

To prevent a dirty bathroom, don’t just ask employees to check the restroom; make your expectations clear to prevent any misunderstandings (and dirty restrooms). Provide employees with a complete restroom cleaning checklist that they need to complete when finished. In addition to cleaning, periodic restroom checks should also include refilling paper towels, soap, toilet paper, and other essentials. If that is not possible, or during an incredibly busy event, hire a local cleaning service to periodically clean the restroom during the day.

Not sanitizing the restroom

Restrooms are a hot bed for the germs that cause illnesses. When cleaning, every business should use products that clean and sanitize to prevent the spread of illnesses and diseases. Though many illnesses are associated with winter (“cold season”), sanitizing a restroom should be a year-round effort.

Sanitizing a restroom is not just for businesses where customers visit regularly. Restroom disinfection should also be a major part of restroom cleanings at businesses with employees. Employee illness can disrupt productivity and service (or product) delivery. In addition to restroom sanitizing, businesses should also put out disinfection products in common areas that can help employees stay healthy (i.e. hand sanitizers, keyboard wipes, etc.)

Not providing protective equipment for employees

Many restroom cleaning products come with warnings about health hazards that can come from repeated exposure or contact. One of the top restroom cleaning mistakes companies make is to ignore these warnings and not provide adequate protective equipment for employees. Every business should provide a restroom cleaning kit that includes masks, gloves, and other protective equipment when needed.

Ignoring restroom deep cleaning

A regular restroom deep clean is an essential part of keeping a restroom neat and in good working order. Unfortunately, many businesses skip this important part of restroom sanitation. A restroom deep cleaning should include all the elements of a regular cleaning plus:

  • grout and tile scrubbing,
  • thorough cleaning of all toilets (top to bottom) and any spaces that don’t get cleaned often (behind toilets, toilet stall walls, sanitary containers, etc.),
  • disinfection of all restroom surfaces,
  • cleaning and removing graffiti,
  • washing down walls.

These restroom deep cleanings should be scheduled for times when traffic is low in the building, such as after hours or during holiday breaks by cleaning staff or outsourced to a commercial cleaning service.

(Expensive) Commercial Cleaning Mistakes to Avoid at Your Business

yellow caution sign that says "Caution wet floor" part of a safe workplaceBuilding and office cleaning isn’t the most complicated part of business; just because cleaning the workplace is simple doesn’t mean that mistakes aren’t made along the way. That’s why managers and owners should be vigilant about these commercial cleaning mistakes that can cost the company valuable dollars or disrupt employee productivity.

Not disinfecting during flu season

Illness can spread among employees at any time, however there is a higher chance during cold and flu season. Ignoring the spread of illness and empty workstations won’t make the illness go away; to the contrary, the problem is only going to get worse unless a company takes a pre-emptive approach. The cost of disrupted productivity and disgruntled clients can also start to mount.

During times when the flu and other illnesses peak, invest in a regular cleaning of all surfaces and spaces. Designate an employee or hire a commercial cleaning company to disinfect countertops, printers, kitchen appliances, door knobs, and other common areas where bacteria and viruses thrive. Regularly hire a company to clean heating and cooling ducts. Make sanitizers and cleaning wipes available to employees to stem the spread of illnesses in the workplace.

Putting off floor cleaning

Floor cleaning is an important part of the effort to minimize workplace injuries, specifically slips, trips, and falls. During busy season and peak operations, it can be difficult to find time to schedule an employee to take on the task. Without a deep clean, the build-up of dirt and grime can lead to a floor that requires an increased amount of labor to clean while increasing the chance of workplace injuries. The extra effort, supplies, and expense of workplace injuries can impact your bottom line, both in costs and disruption in operations.

The solution: schedule a regular deep floor cleaning for carpets and hard floors. To maintain normal operations (without disruption), contact a cleaning company to schedule a floor cleaning during off hours or during company shut-downs.

Disrupting productivity

Facility cleaning and preventative maintenance is a part of business. It is vital for employee health, building value, and long- and short-term budgets. While cleaning and maintenance are vital, neither task should interfere with daily operations. When cleaning and preventative maintenance need to be performed before or after business hours, such as parking lot maintenance and floor cleaning, do a cost analysis to determine the cost difference between hiring a commercial cleaning and maintenance company or paying overtime for an employee.

Too often, companies assume that utilizing employees is the cheaper option without looking at the big picture. As part of the analsis, determine whether outsourcing would cost less and cause less disruption in daily operations (often by performing the cleaning task or maintenance during off hours).

Not scheduling a regular deep clean

A deep clean of office and facility space are a necessary tactic in the battle against germs and in maintaining facility value. A regular deep clean is also easy to overlook, especially when time and budgets are tight. What ‘regular’ means differs from business to business; schedule a deep clean of the kitchen, restrooms, office areas, conference rooms, facility floors, and other common spaces depending on the amount of foot traffic and type of business conducted.