Jangro CEO Joanne Gilliard explores best practice in cleaning and cleaning as effective as possible, and encourage

Washrooms are germ hot spots in any building and require extra attention and planning to be kept hygienically clean. After all, germs that make their way on to the hands here can easily be transferred to other surfaces throughout a building. However, whilst the primary reason for keeping high standards of cleanliness is to prevent the spread of infection, it is also important commercially.

People often perceive the health and hygiene of a washroom as an accurate reflection of the overall facility. Unclean or unsanitary washroom facilities not only damage the image and perception of a business, but may also lead to a loss of revenue from existing and potential new customers – especially in today’s age of social media where people can easily share their dissatisfaction with services and facilities. Providing a pleasant and hygienic washroom experience is simply good for business.

Planning is key Facilities managers should plan and ensure a regular and thorough cleaning schedule is followed; and that washrooms are checked regularly to prevent toilet tissue, soap or hand drying dispensers from running empty.

Daily cleaning tasks should include applying toilet cleaner; and using bactericidal or germicidal washroom cleaners on sinks, taps, splashbacks, walls, doors and handles. Mirrors and floors should also be cleaned daily, or as near to as possible, with bactericidal or germicidal agents. On a weekly basis, toilets, toilet pipes and overflows of washbasins or sinks should be descaled. Monthly and quarterly tasks include disinfecting drains and overflow pipes, and deep cleaning of floors, walls and other surfaces.

Best practice for a better clean Training is essential to not only achieve the best clean possible, but also to ensure the health and safety of the operatives, and of course, anybody that is visiting the washroom. Over the last few years, high quality training has become much more accessible and versatile, meaning there is no excuse not to train your staff.

At Jangro, we provide all of our customers, and their staff, free access to our e-learning platform, the Learning Management Solution. As well as modules in Washroom Cleaning, there are also short, visual guides called Task Cards, which contain step-by-step instructions for product usage and safety information, helping busy cleaning operatives to perform a range of specific cleaning jobs, including how to clean a toilet correctly.

Handwashing improves hygiene levels As well as implementing an effective cleaning and maintenance regime, it is critical to encourage good hand hygiene behaviour. Facilities managers should consider


installing eye-catching signage to prompt hand washing, such as an awareness posters demonstrating the best technique as well as the infection control advantages.

Education is particularly important for facilities where children are present, such as nurseries, schools, and leisure and soft play centres. Encouraging good

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