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5 Ways to Keep Company Restrooms Clean (and Safe)

Restroom cleaning should be at the top of any commercial cleaning checklist. Clean restrooms create a favorable impression with customers and employees and maintain a safe environment that contributes to maximum productivity. While keeping restrooms clean isn’t an extremely complex process, it does require establishing a restroom cleaning schedule and protocols that ensure complete disinfection, cleanliness, and safety.

Allocate time and staffing to restroom cleaning.

The key to keeping company restrooms clean is establishing a set restroom cleaning schedule. Unfortunately, approaching restroom cleaning with a “we’ll get to it when we can” philosophy does not typically result in a consistently clean company bathroom.

Instead, commercial facility managers should draw up a company restroom cleaning schedule and set clear expectations for the task. Establishing clear expectations starts with a restroom cleaning checklist and continues with staff trainings or a discussion with an experienced commercial cleaning company.

Use the most effective restroom cleaners.

Restroom cleaning products should not only clean restroom surfaces, but also prevent the spread of infections (i.e. common colds, stomach flu, hepatitis, etc.) Disinfecting cleaners are especially important for common surfaces that are used by everyone, such as faucets and handles. Companies should avoid using sponges for commercial restroom cleaning because they can transfer bacteria between surfaces.

In addition to their cleaning ability, efficient restroom cleaning also hinges on proper storage and organization. All restroom cleaners should be stored in an area that stays within temperatures that maintain maximum effectiveness. Cleaners should also be used specifically for restroom cleaning, ensuring that they are easily and quickly found by employees or cleaning service pros.

Freshen the space.

A clean restroom is about more than just clean surfaces. A clean company restroom should not be odorous. This can be accomplished by venting the space regularly. Some companies can also use air fresheners, but care should be taken when choosing these products because they can trigger allergy and respiratory symptoms in employees and visitors.

Utilize protective equipment and signs.

Protective equipment is an important part of commercial cleaning, providing protection for cleaning employees and restroom visitors. (Commercial cleaning services typically provide their own protective cleaning equipment.) The first type of protective equipment usually includes gloves and masks for cleaning personnel. Signs are a secondary method of protection, protecting visitors from exposure to cleaning products and hazardous wet surfaces.

Disinfect the restroom regularly.

A restroom disinfection can be a regular occurrence, but should also be accompanied by a regularly scheduled deep clean. The frequency of the deep clean depends on the facility; high-traffic restrooms may require a quarterly or even monthly deep clean. These deep cleans require more time and can be scheduled for off-peak hours (especially with a commercial cleaning service) when there is less traffic in the facility.

bathroom after a deep clean

The Ultimate Bathroom Cleaning Checklist

Of all the rooms in our house, most people would agree that a good bathroom cleaning is at the top of the list. A dirty bathroom can be a real turn-off to guests (even our own family members!) That’s why we’ve put together the ultimate bathroom cleaning guide that can get your bathroom sparkling clean and ready for guests.

Of course, if bathroom cleaning isn’t on your to-do list—or you don’t have time to add it—there is always the option to bring in a professional home cleaner to get your bathroom cleaned and disinfected. (Use these questions to hire the right cleaner for the job.)

Bathroom Cleaning Supply List

  • Grout Cleaner
  • Toilet Brush
  • Toilet Cleaner
  • Floor Cleaner
  • Glass Cleaner
  • Countertop/Tub Cleaner
  • Shower Door Cleaner
  • Microfiber Cloths
  • General Cleaner
  • Disinfecting Spray
  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • Rubber Gloves (and other protective gear)
  • Mop

Bathroom Cleaning Tips

  • Always start at the top of the bathroom and work your way to the floor.
  • Gather up bathroom cleaning supplies and keep them together in a tote for a faster clean.
  • Use manufacturer-approved flooring cleaners to make sure the warranty is not voided.
  • Never use a steam cleaner on wood floors which can damage the floor.
  • If there is a film or hard water spots on shower doors, test the cleaner on a small area to see if it works and avoid damaging the glass.
  • Wear protective gear to avoid any health problems from abrasive cleaners.
  • Completely remove vent covers and light fixture covers for an easier clean in another area (like a sink).
  • Use a vacuum cleaner to remove spider webs and dust from corners (especially in the room corners).
  • Don’t forget to clean and disinfect accessories like soap containers and toothbrush holders.
  • Always test grout cleaners before using to ensure it doesn’t discolor grout.

Bathroom Cleaning Checklist

___ Completely clean and dust ceiling light/fan fixtures

___ Dust the frame and clean the glass on hanging artwork and photos

___ Wash vent covers

___ Remove dust and cobwebs in corners

___ Wash windows

___ Dust blinds/Launder curtains (if recommended in cleaning instructions)

___ Dust all door trim, crown molding, ledges, and shelves

___ Wipe down top of cabinets and cabinet doors

___ Deep clean shower door and shower door frame

___ Wipe down around top of shower surround or tile

___ Scrub tile grout in shower

___ Clean shower and tub faucets

___ Scrub sink and sink faucet

___ Deep clean bathroom countertop

___ Wipe down wainscotting

___ Deep clean tub

___ Clean mirror

___ Wipe down toilet (from top to bottom)

___ Clean wall behind toilet

___ Dust trim behind toilet

___ Clean floor around toilet

___ Scrub bathroom floor grout (for tile)

___ Deep clean bathroom floor

___ Dust bathroom door

___ Wipe away dust on floor trim

___ Disinfect waste basket

Your Complete 20 Step Company Restroom Cleaning Checklist

restroom signs pointing to bathroom where cleaners used restroom cleaning checklistIf cleanliness is next to godliness as the old saying goes, a clean company restroom is next to necessity.  A thoroughly clean and disinfected restroom is necessary for employee health and productivity, as well as creating a favorable impression with guests and clients.  To help you achieve all that and more, we’ve compiled a 20 step checklist that can be used to make sure your staff has a complete clean, to make sure your cleaning service is doing the full job, or to give to your new cleaning service to ensure that your restroom is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.

___Clean and disinfect countertop and faucet handles.

___Wash out sinks.

___Clean mirrors.

___Dust and clean paper towel dispenser.

___Dust and wipe down hand dryers.

___Wipe down and disinfect trash receptacles in stalls.

___Clean exterior of toilets.

___Disinfect toilet handles.

___Thoroughly wash urinals.

___Clean toilet bowls.

___Wash bathroom stall walls.

___Dust and clean air duct covers.

___Clean baseboards.

___Dust and clean light fixtures and fans.

___Check all light bulbs & replace bulbs that are burned out.

___Wash walls and ceiling.

___Clean grout between tiles and drain covers.

___Mop floors.

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

___Take out all trashes (i.e. stall, main trash, etc.).