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What does a clean restroom really mean?

September 19, 2010
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We read article after article about the importance of removing germs and bacteria from restrooms. However, what does a clean, well-maintained restroom really mean to our building occupants?

A clean restroom communicates to the individuals in our facilities that the restroom is safe, sanitized, hygienic, friendly, inviting — and, yes, clean.

Along with providing a fresh-smelling and thoroughly cleaned restroom, one of the best ways to demonstrate proper maintenance is by making sure all restroom mirrors and metal areas are clean, sparkling, and free of smudges, finger marks, splatters, water spots, streaks, and other soils and residues.

Traditional wiping of mirrors and metal areas with a cloth and disinfectant will help clean them but can leave streaks, requiring the application of a window cleaner to make these areas shine. A separate cleaning cloth should also be used with the window cleaner.

A no-touch cleaning system — applying solution to mirrors and metal areas, allowing them to dwell, and then high-pressure rinsing to remove soil and contaminants — is another way to clean and disinfect mirrors and metalwork, and help make them glow. Using a squeegee helps remove remaining rinse water.

Both systems are widely used in restroom care. Both help us clean for health — our purpose and first priority.

Clean and sanitized restrooms with sparkling mirrors, faucets, and metalwork help communicate our commitment to health to the people whose buildings we service.

Robert Kravitz is president, AlturaSolutions Communications, Chicago.

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