Restroom Cleaning 101

Restrooms are the perfect storm of the cleaning world.  Between the various surface types, nooks and crannies and the constant presence of moisture provides the opportunity for soils and bacteria to thrive. Following proper cleaning and disinfecting procedures not only ensures high satisfaction among your facility’s patrons but also reduces the chances of infection, keeping absentee rates low and productivity rates high.

The first, and arguably most important, consideration to take when cleaning a restroom are taking steps to prevent cross-contamination with other areas of your establishment. It is imperative that any and all cleaning tools used specifically for the restroom are NOT used in any other areas of the facility.  The easiest way to ensure that cleaning tools are not used outside the restroom is to implement a color coded system and purchase cleaning tools with those specific colors to aid in proper identification. If this option is not available, easy shortcuts include using tape or label makers to identify where to use and not use the cleaning equipment.  As a general rule of thumb red tools are utilized for ‘high risk’ areas for infection (such as toilets and urinals in a restroom); yellow tools are for ‘medium risk’ areas in the restroom (such as floors and sinks); green tools are for food prep areas (such as kitchens or bars); and blue tools are for low risk, general purpose cleaning. At Weinstein Wholesale Solutions, we have tools available in all the applicable colors and can provide laminated wall charts to assist your staff with easy identification.

Now let’s tackle toilets and urinals. Without proper cleaning and disinfection, bacteria thrive in the nooks and crannies of the toilet’s moist environment.  The presence of bacteria not only increases a person’s risk of infection but also can lead to unpleasant odors and unsightly stains. The video to the right demonstrates the proper procedures for cleaning a toilet. It is important to not only clean the toilet and urinals or visible soils but to disinfect allowing the chemical to dwell for the appropriate amount of time per the manufacturer’s instructions. For best results, make sure to push the water in the toilet or urinal down to allow the chemical to stay on the surface without being diluted. To avoid a two–step cleaning and disinfecting process we recommend Spartan’s NABC, a ready-to-use disinfectant, cleaner, and deodorizer. NABC is formulated without acid so it will not damage or etch sensitive restroom surfaces. 

A toilet bowl being cleaned with Spartan's NABC and a toilet bowl mop. 

A toilet bowl being cleaned with Spartan's NABC and a toilet bowl mop. 

For all other restroom surfaces, it is VERY important to not only clean away visible soils but also to disinfect allowing the chemical to dwell for the appropriate amount of time.  We carry a wide range of dilutable and ready to use chemicals as well as chemicals for use with proportioning systems. For customers using a Buckeye Eco dispensers the E12 Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaner used in conjunction with the E14 Acid Cleaner, for sensitive surfaces, will be more than adequate.  To disinfect following cleaning, use Buckeye’s E23 Neutral Disinfectant allowing the chemical to dwell for 10 minutes.  For customers using one of Spartan’s Clean on the Go® dispensing systems, the Acid Bathroom & Shower Cleaner 7 combined with the HDQ C 2 disinfectant will do the trick. HDQ C 2 does have cleaning properties for lighter soils so it makes it the perfect one step solution for bathroom floors.

Pretty much all high traffic or public restrooms will get vandalized at one time or another with graffiti being the most obvious culprit.  With a robust tough deposit remover, graffiti cleanup doesn’t have to be a labor intensive process. Both Buckeye’s E15 Muscle Cleaner and Spartan’s Graffiti Remover SAC are concentrated formulas that will attack the tough deposits without damaging surfaces or leaving toxic residues behind.