Monday, January 19, 2009

Odor control in the restrooms- How to clean restrooms

How to Clean Restrooms.
Note: Always wear gloves for protection.
Use safety glasses if handling strong chemicals.
1: Dust or vacuum edges, corners, high places as needed.
2: Clean all glasses, windows (Spartan: Bio Glass cleaner)
3: Refill all tissues,handtowels,seat covers, sani naps,
hand soaps, and etc.
4: Empty all trash receptacles and replace liners as needed.
Note: If trash receptacle is dirty in/out side- wipe clean.
5: Spray disinfectant cleaner (Spartan: Green disinfectant cleaning solution) on towel and wipe clean all
dispensers( hand towels, seat covers, sani naps,
hand soaps), hand rails, stainless steel tops of
urinals, toilets, hand door knobs and all other fixtures.
6: If the stainless steel pieces are tarnished and need polishing:
Use metal polisher and gently scrub to clean with a Micro
Fiber cloth or terry towel.
Spray either oil base or water based stainless steel polish (High gloss/oil based or Lamers s/s polisher-water based)
on terry towel or soft cloth and shine.
Note: Do not spray oil based aerosol stainless steel polisher
directly on to the dispensers or fixtures- some mist will drop to
the floor and it will cause slippage.
7: Clean walls as needed- especially under the paper towel dispensers
or soap dispensers. These areas get dirty because of
water/soap drops.
Spray disinfectant cleaner over the area and gently scrub
with Micro Fiber cloth or terry towel.
If need to scrub little harder- use Walnut pad (6"x9") scrubbing
pad (non scratch pad). Gently scrub and wipe off.
Clean restroom dividers at this time also.
Spray disinfectant solution over the area and wipe off.
Clean the top of the divider to catch the dust.
8: Spray disinfectant cleaner (Spartan: NABC Non-acid restroom disinfectant cleaner) over the following areas and let it sit for
5-10 minutes.
Note: Manufacturers usually recommend 5- 10 minute dwell time
for complete kill of all germs on disinfectant cleaners.
Sinks, counter tops,
Urinals, toilets: all over, especially underneath.
Wipe clean after, either with clean rags or sponge.
Note; Do not use the same towel for wiping the sinks and
counter tops for wiping the sides and under the toilets, and
urinals and etc.
Note: Shower Rooms, Bathtubs
1: Try foamy shower and bathtub cleaners.
Spray over walls, fixtures, etc. and let sit
for few minutes and gently scrub with Walnut
pad or White pad and rinse with clean water.
Note: If sinks, counter tops needing little bit of scrubbing,
try creamy cleanser and gently scrub with
white pad or walnut pad and rinse off with clean
Note: If you are cleaning a large public restroom and it is
designed to use a water hose, and has a proper drain in the
restroom for proper drainage, then hose down the toilets, urinals
along with the floor (only after following the step 9 and
portion of #10).
9: Sweep the restroom floor thoroughly. Catch the corners and edges well.
Or vacuum the floor.
10: Dilute disinfectant cleaner into the mop bucket according to the
manufacturers recommendations. Do the final mopping.
Note: Do not use same restroom mop for cleaning other areas,
such as kitchen, office hallways and etc.
You must have a mop handle and mop head only for restroom
Common Problems
Hard water stains or soap scum in the sink, urinals, toilets, showers,
bathtubs, etc.
If the stain is light- Try light acid restroom cleaner with a foam tip.
Spray over the area and let it dwell for a few minutes.
Gently scrub with walnut or white pad and rinse with
clean water.
If the stain is heavy- Try mild acid restroom cleaner such as
Shooter from Dynamic Chemical Co.
Apply the chemical to the area and let it sit for few minutes and
gently scrub with walnut or white pad.
Note: Shooter or other medium - to - strong acid chemicals
should not be used on polished stone surfaces. It will
tarnish the surface.
Always read the direction on the bottle and follow it.
If you want to take the safe route, try the Bio Clean
hard water deposit removers. It is safe to use on glass,
porcelain, and other items that shouldn't be cleaned with
harsh chemicals.
The company that makes Bio Clean also manufactures
sealers for glass, porcelain, formica, etc.
Some areas in the grout may need some brushing with
nylon brush to reach into the grout.
Rinse off with clean water.
Note: If the stain is really heavy, you might have to repeat
several times to clean up to your satisfaction.
Try using pumice stone (only for toilets, urinals, only)
along with other cleaning solutions.
Mildew in the grout
If mildew area is small, try mildew remover and gently (RJ8 -Spartan)
scrub with walnut pad and a brush for grout.
If mildew area is recurring constantly, try sealing the
area after cleaning the area really well.
If want to seal the area-
1: Clean the area well- completely remove all soap scum
and mildew and wait until it is completely
2: Seal the surface with impregnator sealer.
Use sponge or use brush to seal the grout
completely. Seal only the area that is affected
unless you would like to seal entire walls and
3: Do not use 3-4 hours.
Note: Use mildew stat disinfectant cleaner. Dilute according
to manufacturer's recommendation. Spray right after
each cleaning will prevent reappearance of mildew.
Note: Do not try using bleach unless only absolutely necessary.
Bleach can change colors on many surfaces,
such as painted surfaces, formica tops, wood surfaces and
especially do not use it near the carpeted area.
Carpet color will be damaged permanently, if
bleach splashes on it.
Bad odor
Try Bio base disinfectant cleaner (Spartan: Consume Ecolizer)
1: Dilute according to the recommendation by the manufacturer.
2: Pour some in to the toilet daily, until odor is controlled.
Thereafter, use 3 to 4 times a week.
Note: Also, mop the floor daily.
Odor is produced by the bacteria in the grout.
3: Pour some into the drain on the floor. Same amount as #2.
4: Use deodorizing air freshener and spray after each cleaning.
Or install automatic air freshener dispenser,
battery operated.
Note: You must read all information on the bottle of each
chemical company's direction and caution notes before using.
Note: Always try a small area for testing, before doing a large