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How to End Bad Restroom Cleanliness

Posted by Mitch Hesson on Wed, Mar 13, 2013 @ 10:08 AM

restroom cleanliness resized 600It has happened to all of us. Maybe you are at the ballgame, the mall, a client meeting or a restaurant, nature calls and you must humbly answer. You get to the restroom and the door handle is visibly dirty, the first sign that there should be a flashing warning signal that says “turn back!” You try to use your sleeve to open the door but it slips and you know you have been exposed—exposed to the hundreds of other dirty, germ-laden hands that have touched that door. You walk in and first the smell hits you, it is a fog that you can almost feel as you breath it in. Then what you see makes you want to run from this dirty restroom but your stomach grumbles and forces you to stay. The trashcans are so full they are spilling over like an old fashioned popcorn machine. The door to the stall is filthy and unknown splotches defy identification. The floor is scuzzy and the toilet is unspeakable. You attempt to answer the call of nature without touching anything and hurry to wash your hands. You sigh with the anticipation of relief. You are excited to wash this place from your mind and more importantly from your hands. You go to the sink and notice crumpled paper towels scattered across the sink. The sink’s drain is clogged with a mix of wet paper towel shreds, hair and grit; it is hard to tell what color the sink started out originally. You try to push it all from your mind as you reach for the soap pump only it find it empty. You try the other dispenser but all you get from it is one meager drop of pink luminescent soap, not nearly enough to adequately wash your hands. As you leave this dirtiest of restrooms, you vow to immediately find some heavy-duty hand sanitizer and never, never again drink a Big Gulp outside the range of a trusted clean restroom.

Can you imagine someone, a customer or an employee describing your restrooms this way? No matter what your business is, a dirty restroom can leave a lasting negative impression. Restroom cleanliness isn’t about looks or politesse, the major issue is health and safety. This year has seen one of the most virulent flus in years and bathrooms, with their plethora of touch points, can be a breeding ground for illnesses that can quickly escalate absenteeism. To customers, a dirty restroom suggests you cut corners. To an employee, a less than clean restroom says their comfort, health and safety are of no concern. When you don’t care, neither does your staff and what begins as a less than clean restroom can quickly become a major issue.

Many businesses turn to an existing employee to keep tabs on restrooms but unless you staff a professional full-time janitor, this is a bad idea. Employees hired for one job are not going to be happy given the responsibility for cleaning toilets. First, handling chemicals and restroom germs and dirt requires protective gear and clothes or a uniform that is built for the job. An assistant who arrives at work ready to face clients in professional work clothes is not going to make keeping toilets clean a priority, nor should he or she. Bathrooms are often replete with disease causing bacteria and viruses like e. coli, streptococcus and staphylococcus. The solution to restroom cleaning issues is to hire a professional janitorial service.

Protect the image of your business and guarantee sparkling, truly clean, fresh smelling and well-supplied restrooms. Utilizing the services of a professional cleaning service to insure your facilities restrooms are in tip-top shape probably isn’t as costly as you might think and is integral for health and safety, your public image and employee moral. Wouldn’t you love to know that everything was taken care of?

  • Clean, fresh scent    
  • Real, effective sanitization that doesn’t just spread germs around
  • A focus on touch points like handles, dryers & knobs
  • Well-stocked supplies
  • Carefully cleaned counters
  • Sparkling floors
  • Clean mirrors
  • Absence of graffiti
  • Working stall doors, sink fixtures, etc.
  • Immaculate sinks, toilets, and urinals

When you outsource your facility’s restroom cleaning to a professional, reputable Michigan janitorial service, you and your employees are free to focus on your work. You can rest easy knowing that the dirty job of keeping your restrooms clean is in good hands. Stop dealing with the flood of employee or customer complaints about your dirty restrooms. Restroom cleanliness should not be taken for granted. It’s a big job and a dirty job that is critical to how your company is seen by employees and customers alike. Make that image a positive one by outsourcing this important--and all too often overlooked--task to trained professionals who won’t ignore important duties or cut corners with your restroom cleanliness. 

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