As a business owner or facility manager, you go out of your way to make sure your office building is clean and free of hazards. But do you address restroom facilities with the same concern?
If not, there are important reasons why you need to make clean restrooms a priority.
First, you want to make the best impression on clients. Your customers expect a clean restroom. If it is not inviting, customers associate your business with being unprofessional, and you will lose their business.
Also, clean bathroom facilities are crucial to the health and wellbeing of your employees. Unsanitary conditions contribute to a wide range of avoidable health concerns.
Research shows that over 77,000 types of bacteria and viruses are found in commercial bathrooms at any given time. Some of the most dangerous include Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), fecal bacteria, E. coli, and norovirus.
And the most shocking thing is that the toilet is not the dirtiest place in a public restroom.
A study performed by BioCote found sinks were the dirtiest place in a bathroom. Sinks had over 50,000 bacteria on their surface. Handrails and toilet paper dispensers followed as being dirtier than a toilet seat.
Knowing this can help you change your approach to how restrooms in your office are cleaned. This also provides additional insurance in addressing the safety of your customers and employees.
• Make sure that restrooms are stocked daily with toilet paper, paper towels, and seat covers.
• Use gloves to pick up any paper towels and debris on the floors daily
• If full, empty trash cans and recycling bins that are full and replace with a new liner.
• Sanitize all touch point surfaces (door handles, faucets, toilet handles, light switches, paper dispensers). Cleaning solution should sit on surfaces for 60 seconds before wiping down to be the most effective.
• Dust the top of stall doors, hand dryers, shelves, and cabinets.
• Remove water spots on fixtures and fingerprints on glass mirrors and doors.
• Sweep and mop floors with tools and cleaning supplies that are only used to clean bathrooms. This will help prevent the spread of cross-contamination.
• Use one bucket to rinse your mop and another bucket that contains a cleaning solution. If the water in either bucket is dirty, toss and fill again. (Cleaning with dirty water defeats the purpose).
• Sanitize your mop by rinsing until water runs clear. Next, fill a bucket with hot water and a cup of bleach and let sit for 10 minutes. Then rinse and hang to dry.
You may also install different mechanisms in your office that limit the amount of human contact, hence reducing contamination in your office.
Even if employees have the best hand washing regimen, indirect contamination still occurs. This is when staff touches a dirty toilet seat, paper towel dispenser or the door handle when entering or exiting the bathroom.
Because of this, consider technologies that help to cut down on contamination if there is room in your budget.
Touchless faucets and self-flushing toilets are another way to limit hands-on contact, furthering the reduction of cross-contamination. Consider installing touchless paper towel dispensers also. An additional benefit is this does away with paper towels strewn on the floor around the trash can.
Adding light sensors is another way to cut down on the number of surfaces touched. A bonus is that sensors can help with energy savings.
The most important thing is to commit to a cleaning schedule that keeps employees and clients safe. And if you live in Santa Cruz County and need help with office cleaning, call Bee-Clene for a free estimate today. We will make your office healthy and safe.