You’ve all witnessed washroom disaster areas. The toilet is sputtering grime, the sink is laced with brown ooze, and as for the flooring… well, you can’t tell what’s on the floor, but itis disconcertingly sticky.
Bleurgh, you’re probably thinking. And your guttural noise would be absolutely correct. The memories of a truly diabolical washroom can rush back to you faster thanMo Farah astride a lightning powered bullet train.
But a wretch-inducing washroom isn’t just disgusting – it’s a threat to your health.
With an unclean toilet and sink, there’s an increased risk of that nasty bug E colirearing its head and causing your gastrointestinal tract a whole heap of trouble. With such a wealth of bacteria multiplying in every fresh visit to a washroom, any germ could feasibly be hugging your unwashed U-bend.
So, if you’re running a public washroom, what can you do to keep it in its healthiest condition?
Drying is the key
You know what it’s like – you’ve washed your hands with antibacterial soap, scrubbed them for more than 20 seconds and been more thorough than an investigation from Sherlock Holmes and Columbo combined with the cast of CSI.
But then comes the drying process – and, my word, it’s boring. That pathetic gust of a coughing, wheezing hand dryer seems to take decades to dry anything, until you give up and resolve to wander around with soaking digits.
But germs multiply more easily on wet hands, so try the more effective method of roller towels to keep those mitts dry. If you really want an optimal washroom, provide the option of roller towels and hand dryers so that visitors can keep clean their own way.
Know your products
Keeping a washroom clean is a constant battle, and you can think of your cleaning products as the troops helping you out on the frontline. If you want a truly effective wash, you’re going to need a little more than some bleach, a mop and a bucket.
Purchase some hand sanitizers and toilet wipes for customers to use at their leisure. But you should also understand how chemicals and cleaning agents work if you want to push them to their fullest. In an area that’s essentially a buffet for germs, don’t make your washroom an all you can eat dinner ticket.
Create a culture
You’ve probably stood next to some pretty filthy types in the bathroom –they’ll cough, they’ll burp, they’ll stare at antibacterial soap like it was a sworn enemy, then they’ll exit with a trail of toilet paper stuck to their feet.
These people don’t really get hygiene, and it’s up to you to teach them.
Put up a few informative posters explaining why they should keep clean, and lead by example – if some filthy mutt sees you washing your hands thoroughly, they might just do the same, and you’ll have built an ideal culture of hygiene.