Restrooms are some of the most challenging and problematic spaces that professional cleaners encounter. The majority of complaints originate in the restroom. Restrooms require most of the supplies in a building, and they represent the greatest maintenance cost per square foot. Any way that cleaners can improve their work in the restroom, they can also improve their bottom lines. With a standardized restroom cleaning checklist, cleaners can trust that they know how to create (and recreate) a pristine, healthy space. A precise checklist will eliminate guesswork by creating a repeatable process based on scientific data about minimizing pathogens.
Restrooms are some of the most challenging spaces professional cleaners encounter.
A Few Guidelines
Before we get to the checklist, here are a few guidelines to ensure restroom cleaning is effective. Also, in case there are areas that our restroom cleaning checklist doesn’t cover, these guidelines will help customize the checklist to any individual facility.
Use Clean Tools
Always use clean tools.
Dirty tools cannot create a clean space. That is why tool maintenance is as critical as the maintenance of the building itself. Thoroughly clean and disinfect tools prior to cleaning, and only use fresh cloths and mop heads. Clean tools are prepared to capture and contain pathogens without cross contaminating.
Apply the Two-Step Process of Cleaning
According to the CDC, “Maximum effectiveness from disinfection and sterilization results from first cleaning and removing organic and inorganic materials.” This two-step process of cleaning first then disinfecting is critical to effectively remove pathogens from restrooms.
Apply a two step process of cleaning
A PathoSans on-site generation system creates two ElectroChemically-Activated solutions, PathoClean for cleaning and PathoCide for disinfecting. Use PathoClean first with friction to dislodge soils and biofilm. Follow it with PathoCide, allowing the solution to dwell for about ten seconds before removing. In laboratory tests, PathoClean followed by PathoCide netted a greater-than-six-log reduction of Norovirus, MRSA, Salmonella, and E. coli. A six-log reduction means the number of germs is 1,000,000 times smaller. (Testing protocol was based on ASTM E2111-00.)
Clean from Top the Bottom
Let gravity do some of the work. When dirt and dust are disturbed, they generally fall down onto the surfaces below. When cleaners work from the ceiling to the floor, they avoid duplicating work. For example, if a cleaner were to sweep the floor first and then dust the light fixtures, dust would likely fall from the light fixtures onto the floor, dirtying a freshly cleaned surface.
Clean Dry to Wet
Dry cleaning tasks like sweeping and dusting remove loose soil and dust and prepare the space for wet cleaning. Wet cleaning tasks remove stubborn soils and biofilm and disinfect the surface. To clean most effectively, start with dry tasks and move to wet tasks.
Restroom Cleaning Checklist
Use a restroom cleaning checklist.
- PPE – Put on personal protective equipment.
- Supplies – Check and replenish soap, towels, toilet paper, and any other supplies.
- Trash – Empty all trash receptacles. Take special care when emptying sanitary disposal units.
- Ceilings and Vents – Dust ceilings and vents, either using a backpack vacuum to capture dust or using a broom or duster to knock it onto the floor.
- Lighting – Dust light fixtures.
- Partitions and Fixtures – Dust the tops of partitions and fixtures such as soap dispensers and hand dryers.
- Floor – For the final dry step, sweep or backpack vacuum the floor to capture as much loose dust and soil as possible.
- Mirror – Using the two-step process of cleaning, clean and disinfect the mirror.
- Fixtures – Clean and disinfect the fixtures taking special care on touch points.
- Sinks – Clean and disinfect the sinks and polish the taps.
- Countertops – Clean and disinfect the countertops and edges.
- Walls and Partitions – Spot clean walls and partitions.
- Handles and Locks – Clean and disinfect stall handles and locks.
- Toilets – Clean and disinfect toilets, taking care to avoid cross contamination with any other surface.
- Trash Receptacles – Clean and disinfect trash receptacles and sanitary disposal units. This step doesn’t need to be done at every cleaning but should be done at least weekly.
- Floors – Lastly, clean the floors. The best approach is to dispense clean solution and lightly scrub, then recover the solution with a wet/dry vacuum to capture all of the soil and pathogens. When using a mop, dispense clean solution and lightly scrub, then use a clean and dry microfiber mop pad to capture the soiled solution. When the microfiber is saturated, change to a clean mop pad.
A Checklist for Success
Cleaning is a skilled profession. Every cleaner has to keep a lot of information top of mind to do their job. A thorough and tested restroom cleaning checklist takes some of the pressure off of the cleaner’s memory and provides an extra layer of accountability. When the cleaner follows a checklist, they can focus on performing the task at hand to the best of their abilities.
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