Think about the last time you went to a restaurant,  visited the restroom and found it a mess. Did it spoil your appetite a little? Have you gone back there since? Did you tell others?

How about the last time you visited a convenience store restroom and found out too late that they were out of toilet paper or paper towels? What was your reaction?

What do you think about businesses whose floors are dirty, or hotels with stinky bathrooms, or offices with unpleasant odors? Does it give you the heebie-jeebies?

How do you feel when you hear stories from people about their nasty experiences with unclean public establishments? Make you want to patronize them?

If you are a business owner, you might take note of your answers to these questions, and decide that it is time, quite literally, to clean things up. We’ve put together this handy guide to help you implement and follow proper schedules and practices to ensure that your company restrooms present your business to the public in the very best light. The added bonus is that clean and sanitary restrooms make for a more pleasant work environment and restrict the spread of disease, creating less sick days for your employees.

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It is difficult to say exactly what you should do and how often, but the specific needs and the frequency of restroom cleaning and restocking will vary according to your business type, the number of bathrooms you have, and how many customers and employees that visit your bathrooms. Therefore, here’s a basic list of the types of cleaning operations, in a common public bathroom, that you’ll want to make sure are covered on a routine basis.

Do these things every day and in some cases every shift

  • Clean and sanitize the toilets
  • Does each toilet stall have enough toilet paper?
  • Make sure none of the toilets are plugged
  • Clean and sanitize the urinals, including handles and replace odor eaters
  • Make sure that your hand dryers work
  • Inspect your hand towel dispensers and refill if needed
  • Restock your soap dispensers
  • Sanitize the sinks and all of the counters
  • Clean the mirrors
  • Sweep all the floors and clean up spills
  • Make sure to mop well, taking time to clean around and behind toilets
  • Make sure that your mops are sanitized and not sour smelling
  • Empty the trash cans
  • Disinfect and empty feminine hygiene dispensers and restock with new liners
  • It is important to disinfect door handles and stall locks, both inside and out and any other places where people touch
  • Check light bulbs and replace

Do these things once a week

  • Check all of your faucets, pipes and toilets for leaks
  • Wipe down all the stall doors, front and back
  • Dust all surfaces, including your light fixtures
  • Inspect floor drains to make sure there is no trash in them
  • Wash any windows

Do these things once a month

  • Clean or dust ceiling fans, vents, lighting, and sprinklers
  • Scrub the tile and grout
  • Wipe down and sanitize all the walls to remove dust and particles that cling to surfaces, especially in the toilet stalls and around the urinals
  • Clean the baseboards, the door and window trim and the tops of the doors

The bottom line

There are exceptions to the rule but is hard to imagine an employee who loves to clean the bathrooms, especially if they have other duties which leave them little time for the task. There are problems that can arise with having your regular employees clean the company bathrooms. The practice can lead to skimping. Employees who do a good job of cleaning the bathroom are more likely to get assigned the job more often. Employees who don’t do a good job aren’t helping to uphold your company’s reputation and ensure the safety and health of others. Also, having several employees share the task can possibly lead to inconsistently. Employees might be reticent about reporting problems as they might get assigned the task of cleaning up the mess.

In addition, the time that employees spend cleaning can detract from your employee’s productivity and overall morale. Deciding who orders what supplies and when can be a continual headache. The right combination of cleaning solutions and supplies can also be costly.

To alleviate these problems, consider scheduling regular cleaning and restocking with a professional cleaning company. You will lose the stress and worry, save money on supplies, ensure that your restrooms are always clean and restocked, and make your employees happy all with one quick call!

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