Washroom cleaning: It can’t be an afterthought

clean bathroomWashrooms get dirty by nature; it’s a fact. No matter what your business is, a clean washroom is critical to your image, and the health of those who use it. Be it front-of-house for visitors and customers, or for staff use only, it’s important to follow best practice procedures to ensure that not only infection control is observed, but efficiencies as well. By completing cleaning and restocking as per documented procedures, your and ensure that no matter who is doing the cleaning, the results are consistent, day-in, day-out.

Not only does the cleaning program have to be very specific to ensure that germs are killed before they have the chance to leave the area, but attention must be paid to a restocking schedule. Restocking is a key part of servicing your washrooms. Think hand towels, toilet paper and soap dispensers. The frequency of restock will depend on your traffic and cleaning program.

When you outsource your cleaning

If your business outsources your cleaning duties, it’s important that you know what is expected of a proper washroom clean, so that you can complete quality checks to ensure that the job is being done correctly. Our training guide to washroom care can run you through what you need to look for.

Your cleaning is completed by your staff

If your business is cleaned by internal staff, you need to ensure that they’re trained to a set program of procedures, and have the right tools – for example multi-purpose chemical cleaners – for the job. Also consider the items that will make it easy and safe for staff to complete tasks, for example light brooms and microfibre mops for ease of transport, and brushes and gloves so they don’t have to come directly in contact with the floor or toilet surfaces. This way, you’re making the process simple, safe and increasing the chances of a quality result.

What are our professional tips for a clean and healthy washroom?

  • Be certain that spray bottles are correctly labelled.
  • Wear appropriate PPE at all times, e.g. gloves, safety glasses.
  • Always wash hands thoroughly before and after.
  • Never have food and drink when cleaning, and keep items away from cleaning cart.
  • Pick up large and loose debris from floors and counters prior to sweeping.
  • Place a wet floor sign in visible location and remove when job is completed.
  • Check all dispensers and restock with enough product until the next clean.
  • Keep all equipment clean, well maintained and stored orderly.
  • Follow set procedures for both daily cleaning and an additional periodic clean.

For an in-depth washroom cleaning program, our facilities experts have published a comprehensive training guide to washroom care. This guide details step-by-step the most efficient procedures and equipment for each task, before cleaning, during cleaning and after cleaning.

Enjoy a cleaner, healthier washroom – remember, perception is everything.

How important do you consider a well-maintained washroom to be to your business?

Rob Fearnley

Rob Fearnley

Head of Staples Facility Solutions - Australia and New Zealand at Staples Australia
With more than 10 years’ sales experience, Robert has held a number of senior sales roles at Staples focused on working closely with the corporate sector, handling major national accounts. Robert is experienced in managing client KPIs, creating and executing business plans, and proactively outlining process improvements. Robert enjoys the challenges of providing efficiencies and tailored solutions to help customers manage their facilities better through his insights on market trends and innovations.
Rob Fearnley
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Rob Fearnley

Rob Fearnley

Head of Staples Facility Solutions - Australia and New Zealand at Staples Australia
With more than 10 years’ sales experience, Robert has held a number of senior sales roles at Staples focused on working closely with the corporate sector, handling major national accounts. Robert is experienced in managing client KPIs, creating and executing business plans, and proactively outlining process improvements. Robert enjoys the challenges of providing efficiencies and tailored solutions to help customers manage their facilities better through his insights on market trends and innovations.
Rob Fearnley

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