Do YOU want a GOOD reputation?
Maintaining a clean environment is important for influencing public perceptions because a negative experience can have a serious impact on a business’s reputation and bottom line.
Cleanliness can clearly have an impact on a business’s bottom line, especially in your public restrooms. It is important to remember that you have to ensure that your custodial teams accomplish two crucial jobs: cleaning for appearance and cleaning for health.
No matter the type of facility, public spaces are filled with frequently touched surfaces that can harbor illness-causing germs. This is especially true of public restrooms where the potential for germ transmission is extremely high due to their function and constant use. The many frequently touched surfaces and objects in restrooms mean that cross-contamination, which occurs when germs are transferred from one surface to another, is also a common problem.
Harmful microorganisms that are often associated with illness outbreaks which are routinely found in restrooms, so eliminating these unseen issues is extremely important. In fact, information published in the American Society for Microbiology’s publication state: “common causes of skin and tissue infections, were among the most common and persistent species found on public restroom surfaces, even when the restroom was not in use”.
Change the way YOU clean!
Here is what you need to know: Cleaning physically removes germs and dirt from surfaces by using soap and water, but it does not necessarily kill germs. Sanitizing lowers the number of germs on surfaces to a safe level for public health standards. Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces to reduce the risk of spreading infections.
Even with this knowledge in hand, you need to do more when it comes to education and training! All of your staff need to understand the role they play in preventing illness. Ensure that your frontline cleaning professionals have the right products and appropriate training they need for the job.
While the potential for the spread of germs and cross-contamination in public restrooms will always be high, you and your staff can work together to fight back. Thoughtful preparation and daily implementation of strong cleaning and disinfecting protocols that help protect public health.
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