The Systematic Approach to the Cleaning of Washroom Areas

The cleaning of washroom and sanitary areas, although critical in terms of reducing the spread of harmful bacteria, is approached in a number of different ways by different companies and organisations. Indeed it is not unusual to discover variations of the general cleaning techniques used by cleaning operatives in the same environment.

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The cleaning of washroom and sanitary areas, although critical in terms of reducing the spread of harmful bacteria, is approached in a number of different ways by different companies and organisations. Indeed it is not unusual to discover variations of the general cleaning techniques used by cleaning operatives in the same environment.

Whilst I have gone to great lengths to identify the correct procedure for cleaning these areas in our Safe Working Procedure Notes, variations to the ways in which these areas are cleaned do not necessarily mean that they are unsuitable. Moreover, it is more important to carefully consider whether or not the procedures adopted approach the cleaning of washrooms in a structured and systematic way. It is also important that each of the component parts of the overall procedure are carried out thoroughly and efficiently.

In order to assess whether your own approach to cleaning is sufficient to deal with the effective removal and disposal of bacteria within the washroom environment, we have produced what we believe to be the most effective and efficient approach to washroom cleaning and hygiene. The following steps, if carried out systematically from start to finish, should provide the basis for an effective washroom cleaning regime whether carried out daily or periodically.

1. Preparation

It is important that, prior to cleaning commencing, all of the equipment required by the operative to carry out all of the tasks within the washroom are placed within easy reach. Typically these will include:

• Warning signs

• Neoprene or PVC protective gloves

• Hand brush

• Toilet brush

• Pair of tweezers

• Appropriately colour-coded mop with matching handle

• Appropriately colour-coded mop bucket with fitted wringer

• Appropriately colour-coded cleaning cloths and/or sponges

• Trigger spray bottle (clearly labelled as to the contents)

• Abrasive nylon scrubbing pads

• Relevant cleaning products

• Dispensing aid i.e. pump dispenser

• Black refuse sacks

Access to the area being cleaned should be prohibited whilst cleaning is being carried out and operatives should place warning signs at the entrance to the washroom. If only part of a larger washroom is being cleaned then warning signs should be placed at the extremes of the work area.

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