Keeping Workplace Bathrooms Clean
Monday, 8 December 2014 | Makro
Employers are legally obliged to make every reasonable effort to ensure that workers have access to hygienic workplace toilet facilities. There are some exemptions - for instance, those relating to spatial or time constraints - but these are generally marginal. The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations Act 1992 stipulates that workers must have access to "adequate" toilet facilities, and then specifies what it means by this. Among other requirements, toilet facilities must be clean and easy to maintain, both cold and hot running water should be provided, and men and women should have separate facilities - or, where this isn't possible, the facilities on hand must have functioning locks.
So, keeping workplace toilets is a legal obligation - but you'll need to make sure you have the right equipment for the job. Here, then, are just a few essentials you'll need if you're going to keep your workplace toilet as close to spick and span as possible.
Bleach or toilet cleaner
When cleaning a toilet, one of the most indispensable weapons you should have at your disposal is a bleach or toilet cleaner such as CleanPro+ Toilet Cleaner Concentrate. Bleaches and toilet cleaners are useful both for disinfection and also to help clear away blockages. Before using either, however, make sure that the area is properly ventilated. To disinfect the toilet, just pour a modest quantity of your bleach and leave it to soak. After around ten minutes or so, just use a toilet brush for scrubbing and then flush. You can then use your toilet cleaner to remove the most stubborn stains. However, you should take care to avoid mixing bleach and toilet cleaner together.
Two or three cups of bleach can also help to clear clogged-up toilets. Add a cup of powdered soap to help the process along. You might need to use the plunger to finish the job, but this should help to loosen things up a lot. Bleach can also be useful for removing hard-to-reach grime under the rim of the toilet. Just place some of your bleach into a spray bottle and then try to scrub away some of the accumulated grime.
A good bathroom cleaner - such as CleanPro+ Washroom Cleaner and Disinfectant Concentrate, for example - should also feature in your workplace toilet cleaning kit. These multi-purpose cleaners are versatile and so can be used for a number of different jobs around the bathroom. If, for instance, you want to clean a sink, just fill it with hot water, drain it away and then apply your chosen bathroom cleaning agent. Then scrub the basin down thoroughly and wash any remnants away, before wiping down with either multisurface wipes or a microfiber cloth.
Employers are also obliged to ensure that any tiles in workplace toilets are kept clean. Bathroom cleaner can also be used for this job. Wipe your tiles down with a multi-purpose cleaner, but remember that anything too acidic can damage the grouting - and you might need to fork out for expensive repair work to fix the damage.
Mould and mildew remover
Mould and mildew are a common sight in bathrooms and toilets, and can be a real nuisance to get rid of. Because the ventilation in bathrooms and workplace toilets is so frequently substandard, mould and mildew frequently flourish. Having said that, quality mould and mildew remover - like CleanPro+ Mould and Mildew Remover - can make it considerably easier to get rid of lingering mould and mildew. Just spray the mould and mildew remover on to the affected area and leave it for a few minutes. Then, wipe the area down thoroughly to remove any remaining traces. Obviously, it's best to tackle mould and mildew as soon as they appear - don't leave them to fester, because getting rid of them is likely to be far harder.
Urinal blocks - such as CleanPro+ Channel Blocks - are also a must-have for any workplace gents' toilets. They work by masking urine odour and thereby helping to keep unpleasant odours to a minimum. If there are separate urinals, just place one block or perhaps two at the bottom of each urinal. If, however, your workplace has a trough urinal then you'll need to place few blocks in said trough. Be sure to quickly replace any blocks that have dissolved.
No workplace toilet cleaning kit would be complete without a good floor cleaner, such as CleanPro+ Floor Gel Lemon. Workplace toilet floors pick up more than their fair share of grime, so it's important to give them a good going-over on a regular basis. You'll find that a good floor cleaner works quickly to remove any much and dirt that's accumulated, enabling you to simply wipe it away with a minimum of hassle.