Restroom Cleaning

Darrel Hicks, EVS Director at GCI has this to say about issues in restrooms today.


It’s not uncommon for custodial staff to walk into a restroom stall, clean the toilet, wipe the stall down, and then move on to the next one without completely going inside and closing the door behind them, according to Darrel Hicks. Even if your custodial staff are changing the trash and checking the dispensers, cleaning a restroom stall to the fullest may require a few extra steps. If you’re pushing your custodial staff to take their restroom cleaning to the next level, consider asking them to look at each restroom stall from the customer or user perspective while they are in there cleaning. They may notice scribbles—or graffiti—up and down the partitions. “Graffiti on walls promotes more graffiti,” Hicks says. “If you don’t remove it daily, then it can get out of hand pretty quickly.” Ensuring your staff has a solvent-based graffiti remover in stock and on the cleaning cart at all times can help make this process a regular part of the restroom cleaning routines. Cleaning pads may be too aggressive, as they could end up removing stall paint.

Stall Latches

Unless you are looking at a single-use or family restroom, it’s not likely restroom patrons will find a faucet and soap next to the toilet. In that case, you may want to ensure your cleaning crews are paying extra attention to the stall latches. This is another area Hicks says custodians tend to overlook. Similar to other door knobs and handles, this high-touch area is prone to germs, especially because restroom patrons use it to exit the stall once they are done using the toilet. Since latches tend to be stainless steel, Hicks recommends cleaning them with a disinfectant suitable for nonporous surfaces.