Restrooms might not be high on the list of reasons patrons visit a business, but undoubtedly their cleanliness and hygiene can factor into whether they’ll stay a customer or not. If I find a Dirty restroom, I will not go back no matter what type of restaurant or business it is. To me if the restrooms are dirty the kitchen is dirty.
With a heightened sense of hygiene awareness coming in response to the H1N1 outbreak earlier this year, the importance of incorporating a solid disinfecting program for deep restroom cleaning has never been greater.
In a 2009 “Cleaning in a Down Economy” survey, Procter and Gamble Professional found that 65 percent of decision makers managing in-house and contact cleaning services indicated that the restroom is the most important room to clean. At the same time, the majority of survey respondents stated it is the most difficult room to clean effectively.
For cleaning professionals, this new level of hygiene awareness has brought about the need to reassess cleaning products and cleaning practices with an eye toward improved disinfection. Cleaning programs that strive to rid facilities of soil and germs can reduced the transmission of infectious diseases, while at the same time positively impact the aesthetics of the restroom, improving appearance and reducing odors.
Such hygiene improvements can leave patrons with a more favorable overall feeling about the business.
As a result of recent economic conditions, many businesses have had to reduce cleaning staff size and overall budgets. Cleaning professionals are increasingly being asked to tackle the same amount of work with fewer employees, placing increased demands on staff productivity and cleaning efficiency.
According to the P&G Pro survey, nine of 10 businesses have made cleaning cutbacks, including staff reductions, supplies and inventory. The survey also revealed that 85 percent of cleaning professionals have adopted a doing more with less approach in order to increase productivity and streamline operations.
The key to achieving the highest level of cleaning and disinfecting is to ensure the effectiveness of cleaning programs.
By simplifying cleaning routines and using multipurpose cleaning products, businesses can get the most out of staff and vital resources. Interesting enough, adding a properly designed disinfecting program that relies on effective and efficient products to current restroom cleaning protocols won’t necessarily add time to cleaning efforts. In fact, a good restroom cleaning and disaffecting program can actually save time in the long run.
Choosing highly effective, multipurpose GREEN products that feature hospital grade disinfectants capable of killing a broad spectrum of germs can help ensure an effective and time efficient outcome by reducing the task to one step. It’s always more efficient to get the job done right the first time by cleaning well and allowing the disinfecting actives to work, avoiding rework.
My way is the right way-doing it right the first time.
Keeping restrooms clean so they meet public expectations means ensuring all surfaces are free of visible soil and dirt. All contact surfaces are sanitized, odors are minimized or eliminated, mirrors and chrome are spot free and shining, fixtures and dispensers are free of stains, discoloration or soil, and floors are clean and dry.
The goal of any effective restroom disinfecting program should first be to remove the soils that harbor and provide a breeding ground for germs. Once soils are removed, kill the germs through the proper use of an appropriate GREEN disinfecting product.
Highly touched objects, such as door handles and plates, toilet seats, urinals, partitions and partition levers, faucets and sinks, flushing levers, counter, and soap, paper and feminine hygiene dispensers, are the ones most likely to be contaminated.
The more times a patron touches areas on their own face ( eyes, nose or mouth), the greater the chance for transmission of human microbial pathogens.
Effective cleaning is the first important step toward disinfecting. If soil is not removed, them the active disinfecting ingredients in the cleaner will end up interacting with the soil, thus reducing its ability to disinfect. Multipurpose products that are formulated to remove a broad range of target soils and disinfect simultaneously can help cleaning professionals get the job done right the first time.
Green products are not always the lowest price-however it is the only choice for our planet.
Training For Proper Restroom Disinfecting
Procter and Gamble Professional’s survey also reveals that one of the greatest challenges to effective cleaning is staff training. With high staff turnover as a result of tough economic times. The importance of training employees on proper procedures can be critical, especially when it comes to disinfecting. All disinfectants have a prescribed contact time needed to kill pathogens. In many cases, this means a disinfectant should be on a cleaning surface for 10 minutes. However, in today’s fast-paced spray and wipe cleaning world, the required contact time is not always followed.
Cleaning and disinfecting products need to used as directed in order to be truly effective. Proper staff training and better sharing of information about disinfecting products with cleaning employees can ensure proper contact time for disinfectants is achieved without lengthening the overall time it takes to clean restrooms.
GREEN AND CLEAN RESTROOMS
As more and more businesses look to incorporated sustainable practices, cleaning professionals have an opportunity to contribute to those environmental efforts. Reducing the amount of cleaning products used is the most cost effective approach to sustainable cleaning.
By adopting, doing more with less approach that minimizes the amount of product used and placing an emphasis on getting the job done right the first time. Business can potentially improve their environmental footprint In addition to using fewer products, the benefits extend down the supply chain where less packaging is required, fewer delivery trucks are needed, and chemicals, water and energy are conserved.
Proper targeting and simplified cleaning protocols, along with the use of multipurpose products that are designed to clean and disinfect simultaneously can help eliminate the need to redo work, while improving the disinfection of restrooms. When hygiene is enhanced, patrons and staff will be safer and more at ease using the facilities.