The increased emphasis on health, Green Cleaning, and training in the JanSan industry has helped improve restroom cleaning standards, according to many industry experts.
Now that the “basics” in restroom cleaning — counters and fixtures — are getting the attention they need, greater emphasis is being paid to walls, floors, tile, grout and other areas that are not necessarily attended to on a daily basis.
Unfortunately, many of these areas are often difficult to clean, requiring considerable elbow grease.
Luckily, new products are being introduced that make the process less strenuous.
Pads, sponges, brushes and other tools are becoming more ergonomic, and most are made of microfiber which helps eliminate germs and bacteria and require less water and fewer chemicals.
Some sponges are double-sided, with one side coarser for more detailed cleaning, and the other softer for wiping.
For floor, tile and grout cleaning, some JanSan professionals are finding cylindrical floor machines to be helpful.
And dual-purpose equipment — with the ability to clean hard-surface floors as well as carpets — is also proving to be useful in restroom floor care.
Additionally, the poles on many flat mops have been redesigned so that they are easier to use, lighter, and more ergonomic.
Poles made of aluminum and plastic help the worker clean hard-to-reach areas, high and low.
Most of these tools are used with traditional restroom cleaning systems.
But some JanSan professionals have moved on from these systems to spray-and-vac systems, finding they are less strenuous, faster and more efficient.
And, with the addition of certified-Green Cleaning products for both newer and more traditional cleaning systems, restroom cleaning is becoming more thorough and healthier — helping to raise industry standards, increase respect for the industry, and protect the environment as well.
Richard Sanchez is the owner of A-J Janitorial, a large contract cleaning company in Santa Rosa, CA.