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What is required to sanitise hotel bathrooms effectively?

Depending on the capacity of a hotel, hotel bathrooms can see hundreds of guests each year. For this reason, if the washroom facilities in each room aren’t cleaned and sanitised effectively, they can become a hub for harmful pathogens and bacteria.

With ever-increasing concerns for public health and safety in shared facilities, like hotels, it is, therefore, vital that hotels do everything in their power to ensure their bathrooms are germ-free. The following blog discusses the requirements that all hotel staff must abide by to maintain the strictest level of infection control. It also touches on how following these strict guidelines can increase guest safety and satisfaction in both the short and long term.

Maintain hotel bathroom cleanliness by utilising the correct cleaning equipment

While there are many cleaning equipment products on the market, not all of them are considered commercial-grade. This means they will not withstand the test of time and overuse in hotel facilities. As well, they may not provide the highest level of cleanliness, which is a critical action for removing harmful infections from a hotel bathroom and other hotel facilities.

The Rubbermaid Commercial Products range supplies only products that are tried and tested to withstand excessive use while guaranteeing they can effectively clean bathroom areas. Some essential cleaning equipment that must be considered include:

Microfibre Cloths – The Rubbermaid HYGEN Microfibre range can pick up over 99.9% of harmful pathogens from surfaces. They are highly effective in trapping and removing bacteria, dirt, and grime from bathroom surfaces. The launderable options are also reusable, which can reduce cleaning wastage.

Mops and Mop Buckets – Mop bucket systems with dual compartments are the best for mopping bathroom floors. This allows one portion of the bucket to be utilised for clean mopping liquid. The other is then used to wring out dirty and bacteria-laden water. Utilising this system can reduce the chances of cross-contamination, which can be a source of infection in hotel bathrooms.

Squeegees – Squeegees are indispensable for keeping shower walls and glass surfaces spotless. They help remove water and prevent the buildup of mould and mildew.

Implement proper cleaning techniques to maintain the cleanliness of hotel bathrooms

While the right cleaning tools make all the difference when it comes to the effectiveness of sanitising hotel bathrooms, they aren’t the only contributing factor. Utilising the correct cleaning techniques is essential for reducing the risk of cross-contamination and ensuring that critical elements on a cleaning checklist are not missed.
Some of the cleaning techniques to consider include:

Surface Preparation – Visible dirt and debris should be removed before cleaning solutions are applied. This can ensure that cleaning equipment and any chemicals or water in use can effectively target harmful pathogens.

Dwell Time – Where disinfectants and chemicals are in use, it’s critical that dwell times are closely followed. This refers to the length of time that chemicals must sit to maintain optimum effectiveness. Fortunately, the Rubbermaid HYGEN range does not require chemicals for effective cleaning. However, this is a factor cleaners must consider based on their hotel’s designated cleaning strategies.

Adequate Ventilation – Proper ventilation, either through a fan or open window, must be utilised during bathroom cleaning. This ensures that the environment dries fully, otherwise, hotel bathrooms can quickly become a hub for mould.

Colour-Coded Cleaning – Having various coloured equipment available can reduce the chances of cross-contamination. For example, it is recommended that one colour cloth is used for the first cleaning and one for the sanitisation. This can reduce the chances that pathogens are re-spread onto a surface.

Staff Training: Provide comprehensive training to housekeeping staff regarding proper cleaning protocols and any changes within the business that may affect the way that cleaning is conducted. There are many resources available on the Rubbermaid Commercial Products website which can assist with cleaning training.

Rubbermaid Commercial Products has everything required for hotel cleaning

Hotel cleaning requires strict protocols and high-quality cleaning equipment. Fortunately, the Rubbermaid Commercial Products team can supply all that’s needed to ensure that cleaning is completed to the most comprehensive level. Contact our team today to find out more.