How Often Is Workplace Restroom Cleaning Needed?

Posted on June 19, 2017

Depending on the type of workplace you run, you might wonder how often your restrooms need cleaning. You could be concerned that your restrooms aren’t being cleaned often enough to combat germs and bacteria. Or you might be wondering if your cleaning team is focusing on restrooms too much when they should be cleaning other areas of your workplace.

At JAN-PRO®, we have nearly 25 years’ experience cleaning workplace restrooms. We not only know how often any given workplace needs its restrooms cleaned, we also know what it takes to eliminate restroom germs. Here’s what you should keep in mind when setting a restroom cleaning schedule for your workplace:

What’s Your Optimal Restroom Cleaning Schedule?

To keep restrooms fresh, healthy, and protected against bacteria, daily restroom cleaning is needed in most workplaces. Usually, a single clean each day is sufficient for small to mid-sized workplaces, particularly those with limited client/customer traffic. On the other hand, in workplaces with high-traffic restrooms (such as restaurants), a healthy bathroom cleaning schedule might involve upwards of ten bathroom cleanings a day.

Of course, if the quality of restroom cleaning is low, then even frequent restroom cleaning can deliver less-than-hygienic results. In fact, a poorly-equipped, poorly-trained, or inexperienced cleaning team can perform a “complete” restroom cleaning without eliminating the germs and bacteria they’re supposed to. When evaluating the restroom cleaning in your workplace, it’s important to go beyond asking how oftenyour restrooms are cleaned and to also ask how well they’re cleaned.

Restroom Cleaning vs. Restroom Disinfection

Disinfection is the most important part of restroom cleaning. It’s also the part that cleaners most frequently get wrong. That’s not exactly surprising. After all, it’s easy to see that a restroom looks clean, but the human eye can’t detect the bacteria that restroom cleaning is supposed to target.

This means that cleaners need to know where to disinfect, what products work best for restroom disinfection, and how to apply those products to achieve proper coverage. Of course, it also means having access to those products in the first place.

Disinfection should occur with every restroom cleaning. Cleaners should use hospital-grade disinfectants, meaning products that eliminates upwards of 99.9% of germs on contact. They should also be focusing on “high-touch” areas — meaning the places where you and your workers are most likely touch and pick up dangerous bacteria. The number one high-touch area in any bathroom is faucet handles, but areas like flush handles, door handles, and towel dispensers are other major culprits.

Need help with restroom cleaning for your workplace? Contact your JAN-PRO today at 866-355-1064 and discover the difference made by our commercial cleaning services.