restroom cleaning

·        Restrooms

Restroom Facts -- Average Americans use the restroom seven times a day. American workers visit the restroom, at work, between 3 and 3.5 times per day. The typical female will spend about two minutes in a stall while a male will spend about four minutes in a stall.  Source: Scott Paper Company Study


1.      The very first step in restroom cleaning is spraying down all your fixtures (toilets, handles etc) and partition walls especially around the urinals with a disinfectant. To properly disinfect you need to allow as much time as possible for the disinfectant to properly disinfect. It is recommended that you allow ten minutes of “dwell” time.


2.      Meanwhile, while the disinfectant is dwelling start cleaning mirrors, counters, and dispensers (glass cleaner works well for cleaning sinks and chrome dispensers). After cleaning you will need to polish the chrome with a stainless steel polish. Make sure that rub in all the polish or it will streak.


3.      When you clean restrooms you want to apply the same principle, work from “top to bottom”. Cleanworks recommends that you start by dusting tops of partitions, tops of dispensers, mirrors, pictures, vents, etc…


4.      If you have rings in the sink or toilets we recommend that you use a pumice stone to clean those. Remember to keep your stone wet or it will scratch the porcelain. Only use the pumice stone on porcelain nothing else or it will scratch the surface. Typically, rings in the toilet are caused by “hard water stain”


5.      Once you clean all of those items go back to your toilets and wipe down thoroughly the disinfectant. (be real careful of cross contamination) Some toilets and urinals will also need a pumice stone to clean the rings out! Remember to also scrub the inside of the bowl using a bowl scrubber. To properly clean a toilet make sure you clean from top to bottom. Including the base of the toilet! Trick: Ask CleanWorks about black light blue. If you use black light when the lights are out it will show up bodily fluids that cannot be seen to the normal eye.



NOTE: Ultraviolet light causes certain materials to “fluoresce” or to emit visible light in total darkness. A material that will fluoresce intensely when exposed to ultraviolet light is flavins. Flavins are found in Vitamin B. Uric acid, uric salts and soap scum contain Vitamin B. Scientists have found that bacteria and germs accumulate on surfaces where high concentrations of flavins reside.

Uric acids and soap scum are commonly deposited on restroom fixtures including toilets, urinals, walls, partitions, mirrors, floors and counter tops. When ultraviolet light is shined on surfaces with uric acid or soap scum deposits they reflect and emit visible light to the naked eye when viewed in total darkness. Areas exposed frequently to urine and/or soap products need to be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected to prevent the accumulation of flavins, which will result in germ growth. Germ growth can lead to odor problems and create an unhealthy restroom environment.

Restrooms can be inspected with the use of an appropriate ultraviolet light. This can be intimidating to some custodial personnel. A more positive application of ultraviolet light is to train custodial personnel by exposing the areas where bacteria commonly are found. The visualization of these areas will guide the custodian and provide a road map for better cleaning and disinfection of the restroom environment.

Note: Ultraviolet lights are commonly referred to as “black lights”.



6.      After all the partition walls, tops of partitions, mirrors, sinks, walls, toilets, floors, and trash are cleaned remember to restock all the paper supplies (toilet paper, paper towels, toilet sheet covers, and wax bags). Trick: After you restock the toilet paper fold the end of the roll into a “V”. Remember anything that lets the customer know that you have been there is the key!


7.      The last thing you want to do is mop the restroom floors using a disinfectant solution. Later in this manual we will show you how to use ratios for cleaning solutions.


Cleaning is the process of removing pollutants from the environment and putting them in their proper place.


Sanitizing reduces the microbial population to a safe level as determined by local public health standards. For example, in dairy and food processing plants, the equipment is usually sanitized.


Disinfecting removes and destroys targeted pathogenic microorganisms.


Sterilization causes the destruction or removal of all forms of life.