Dispelling the Myths Around Restroom Germs

Dispelling the Myths Around Restroom Germs

Let’s be honest. Most people dislike-to-downright-detest using public restrooms. The preconceived notion is that it will be a germ-ridden and an unpleasant encounter. But it doesn’t have to be. When current or prospective clients visit your business, it’s crucial that they have the best experience possible.  Don’t let restroom germs sour the deal. 

Here we’ll discuss some of the best solutions for keeping them clean, sanitary, and in tip-top shape. But first, let’s dispel some common misconceptions.

Flushing the Myths 

Since you’re already up against a pretty strong bias, it’s even more important to go above and beyond to maintain clean restrooms. Here are the top myths. 

Myth: Nothing’s dirtier than the toilet seat. 

Most viruses and bacteria don’t survive very long away from a living host. In fact, a study conducted by the University of Arizona found that our cell phones can carry up to 10 times more bacteria than most toilet seats. In restrooms, floors, sinks, and handles tend to rank higher than the toilet seat in terms of germs. Flushing also causes bacteria to spray into the air, so be sure to get out of the stall asap. 

Myth: The farthest stall from the door is the most sanitary. 

Surprisingly, the stall closest to the door is usually cleanest. Because this is such a widespread belief, folks tend to bypass the close one in favor of farther spots. Use this knowledge to your advantage and volunteer to use the first stall. 

Myth: Bypassing the sink is best. 

Though sinks do harbor germs and hand-sanitizer is our friend, the most important thing you can do to avoid getting sick from using a public restroom is to wash your hands thoroughly afterwards. Work up a good lather for at least 20 seconds and use a paper towel to turn off faucets. Thankfully, many restrooms have motion-sensor faucets which, have been shown to help reduce the spread of bacteria.

Cleanliness Counts 

Now that we’ve debunked the myths on gunk, let’s look at some less-obvious solutions your crew can use to make sure your restrooms are clean, welcoming, and also standard at your facility. 

Clean Restrooms: Are Well Stocked

An easy task to overlook, keeping restrooms stocked needs to be a priority. In high-traffic facilities especially, soap and hand-sanitizer dispensers should be checked regularly throughout the day along with all paper product holders. 

Clean Restrooms: Smell Clean 

There’s nothing worse than maintenance crews using an overwhelming scent to cover up where they might have fallen short on their cleaning duties. Restrooms that are clean should smell that way (without added fragrances). Be sure your sanitation products are top-of-the-line and assess ventilation regularly to keep fresh air circulating. 

Clean Restrooms: Are Free of Debris 

The quickest way to diminish a good impression is to allow litter to linger. Your crew should conduct regular restroom sweeps to ensure trash always (ALWAYS) makes it into the proper receptacle. 

The bottom line on clean restrooms? The cleanest facilities are inspected and sanitized regularly. That means frequent checks throughout the day, a thorough daily cleaning, and consistent deep cleaning once a week. 

At Jidan Cleaning, we understand that managing facility maintenance is yet another task on your never-ending to-do list. That’s why we make sure our commercial cleaning services are tailored to your particular needs allowing you to focus on what’s important: getting back to business. 

Contact us today to learn more about our proven process for sanitation success and how we can put it to work for you. 

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