Restrooms are a top source of complaints for many types of businesses, including restaurants, bars and nightclubs and convenience stores. They’re also a great hidden source of revenue, but only if you keep them clean, well-stocked and well-maintained. Studies have found that people will leave a business sooner than planned if the restroom isn’t up to par. That includes cleaning away restroom odors and not just covering them up. Customers notice cleanliness. They also notice dirt.
At the end of the day, a clean restroom comes down to how you train your staff to meet those cleanliness expectations. Here are some training tips to make restroom cleaning more efficient.
1. Have all your tools in one place. Keep your mop bucket, restroom mop, toilet bowl brush, restroom gloves and other restroom cleaning tools in one place. A restroom caddy is a great storage solution that will keep everything in one place. You should also keep your restroom supplies separate from the tools you use to clean other parts of your restaurant or business in order to reduce the risk of cross-contamination. Click here to watch our video about the benefits of color-coding your cleaning supplies.
2. Place wet floor signs before beginning to clean. Wet floor signs should be visible from all points of entry in order to reduce the risk of slips and falls.
4. Disinfect all high-touch areas. That includes toilet flush handles, door knobs, faucets, paper towel dispensers, stall locks, light switches, Sanitizing urinal and walletc. Disinfectants need to “dwell” or sit on a surface for several minutes in order to kill pathogens. Check the instructions for proper dwell time and let the disinfectant sit before wiping it off with a clean, dry cloth.
5. Sweep floor and pick up any trash. When sweeping, start in one corner of the bathroom and sweep in overlapping strokes toward a single area. Sweep the dirt into your lobby dustpan and dispose into trash. Repeat this process until the floor is fully swept.
6. Scrub your floor. Use a Hi-Lo Deck Scrub Brush and your approved floor cleaning solution to scrub floors, baseboards, tiles, grout and especially the areas around toilets and urinals. This accomplishes two main things. First, it dislodges any dirt that might be stuck on the floor. Second, it scrubs away any odor-causing bacteria that might be living on your surfaces.
7. Mop it up. Once you’ve dislodged dirt and germs, it’s time to mop it up. Use a dual-chamber mop bucket to keep dirty water and clean solution from mixing and getting back onto your floor.
8. Allow floor to dry fully. The fastest way to do this is by using a dry mop, which can help sop up any solution that’s left on the floor after mopping. Dry mops dry floors in a fraction of the time it takes to air dry, which helps reduce the risk of slips and falls.
9. Wipe off disinfectant. If you haven’t already, use a clean, dry cloth to wipe disinfectant off high-touch points. Make sure there’s no pooled water on the floor, in the sinks or on countertops.
10. Remove wet floor signs. Once the floor is fully dry, you can take down the wet floor signs. Be careful not to remove them too early as this could increase the risk of slips and falls.