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Published on Monday, February 5, 2018

How Often Should Public Restooms Be Cleaned?

As a manager of our restaurant, hotel or other establishment, you probably are already well aware of the importance of maintaining a clean business space, and even more particularly, a clean restroom. Cleanliness impacts customer retention, employee happiness and public health.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has requirements in place regarding restroom availability and cleanliness for your employees. While these requirements make providing sanitary restrooms to your employees essential, consider the cleanliness of your public restrooms as well. A dirty restroom is not just unsightly, but it also has deeper health implications.

The Dempsey Between Cleaning and Disinfection

Most people, potentially including your cleaning staff, may not realize that there is any difference between these terms. This misinterpretation could lead to major errors in restroom maintenance. A clean restroom is one without clutter and visible surface grime, and often has reduced bacteria. The key word here is reduced. When you disinfect a restroom, you're not just removing the bacteria but you are killing it.

Understanding these differences is essential due to the major health risk that restrooms pose. Restrooms harbor dangerous bacteria that can cause serious illnesses including Hepatitis A, Shigella, norovirus, and more.

Cleaning removes the top layer of dirt and germs from a surface whereas disinfection kills dangerous bacteria such as Salmonella and E. Coli. It is important to note that disinfection does not remove dirt from a surface, making it essential to do a combination of both cleaning and disinfecting to maintain your restroom.

How Often Should Public Restrooms Be Cleaned?

The answer to this question isn't as clear cut as you were probably hoping for. This is because restroom maintenance varies by industry and how many people use your restroom. For example, a small office probably doesn't need their restroom to constantly be cleaned as only a small number of individuals use it. But if you run a bustling restaurant, your restroom is going to require much more attention. Here are our tips on determining how often your public restrooms should be cleaned:

1. Your situation only determines though how many times per day you should clean your restroom.
Whether you run a gas station in the middle of nowhere or a coffee shop in the heart of the city, you're going to need to clean and disinfect your restrooms every day.

2. Avoid waiting until the restroom starts to look dirty.
Remember what we mentioned earlier about remaining germs and bacteria? You want to make sure you are disinfecting the space and cleaning before dirt and grime starts to become noticeable.

3. Base your frequency of cleaning on how much foot traffic you get.
Only clean and disinfect your restroom once a day if you experience low foot traffic. The more people that use your restroom, the more times per day you should be cleaning. If you only clean once a day with high foot traffic, you put your restroom at risk of becoming a pig sty not even halfway through the day! Examples of establishments that need frequent cleaning are restaurants, hotels and airports. Some businesses have their restrooms cleaned at least ten times a day!

4. Get familiar with the cleaning requirements of your specific industry.
Your industry's cleaning requirements can give you some guidance on what is expected of your business.

5. Take notice of how often supplies need replacement.
We can give you ideas on ways to come up with a frequency of cleaning, but ultimately you know your establishment best. How often does your toilet paper, paper towels, and hand soap need to be replaced? Never leave your restroom without these things. Based on this number, make sure you are refilling supplies before you run out.

Team Up With a Reliable Supplier

At Dempsey, we offer facility supplies to aid you in your public restroom maintenance. We offer paper towels, toilet paper, and hand soap dispensers, paper goods, air fresheners, trash can liners, mats, disposable gloves and more.

We value the health and safety of your customers and employees. Contact us today at 800-378-8060 to learn more about how our products help keep your public restrooms clean.
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