Covering subjects about restroom cleaning including grout cleaning, toilet cleaning, odors, restroom cleaning equipment, toilet paper, paper towels, bowl cleaners, health, hygiene, restroom complaints, and all things bathroom related.

brown paper towels

Brown Paper Is No Longer Only Post Consumer

While browsing the headlines to day, I saw this article from the Wall Street Journal on the brown paper trend to promote green cleaning. It reminded me of a humorous encounter I had while selling paper products early in my career.

Years ago, when I first made the switch to selling cleaning supplies from managing cleaning operations, I was working the showroom for a cleaning supply distributor. A very nice lady came in and was asking about paper products for her church. She explained that the church didn’t really have a paper program in place and that they had been relying on members to supply their toilet tissue and towels. I guess this system had faltered, leaving them out of supplies during a busy Sunday service. Read more

nasty school restrooms

Are School Restrooms Really Nasty?

When I was researching what the public at large felt about public restrooms, it opened up eyes to something that I had not really thought about before, how students feel about restrooms in their schools. This, in turn, lead me to go where kids (and adults) all voice their real views one out spoken tweet at a time. I wondered, Are school restrooms really nasty? Read more

Cleaning Public Restrooms

Cleaning Public Restrooms No Shortcuts

When it comes to visiting public restrooms, I always have an opinion on the cleanliness. Either it is a positive one or it’s one that comes with some constructive criticism on cleaning public restrooms.

Having cleaned public restrooms for decades, I would like to say that I have seen it all. But unfortunately, I know this isn’t true. It amazes me how people treat public restrooms. I know it is not the personal sanctuary you probably enjoy at home, but it is still a very personal space for most people. Taking a little more pride in the facilities or showing respect for other peoples property is just the right thing to do. Read more

fixes for restroom odors

3 Quick Fixes For Restroom Odors

Restroom odors are an issue in most public facilities. Here are 3 ways to quickly fix restroom odors that will help you to easily eliminate the restroom stink. Read more

microfiber cleaning tools

Microfiber Cleaning Tools – Protect Your Investment

Microfiber Cleaning Tools

Microfiber cleaning tools have taken the industry by storm! The truth is, they work extremely well for many types of cleaning. Either reducing or eliminating the amount of chemicals it takes to clean, is an attractive proposition for many people. I have been using microfiber cleaning to some degree, for years and it just keeps getting better.

Recently I was working with a customer that I had introduced microfiber cleaning  systems to. He expressed a concern about the effectiveness of the system. They have been using the same microfiber cleaning cloths and mops for over a year. They were making sure to wash them regularly and to not use fabric softeners in the process. As I inspected the cloths they looked to be  in good shape and were recently cleaned, but felt different to the touch. I took some water in a trigger sprayer and tried to clean some glass. The cloth didn’t do much to the smudges and just pushed the water around. It felt like a regular cleaning cloth.

 

Caring For Microfiber Cleaning Tools

The problem, in the end, was the detergent being used to wash the microfiber. It was name brand, powdered laundry soap. It did not have a fabric softener in it, but come to find out, the person that was in charge of washing was using more than the recommended amount. The soap residue was clogging up the openings in the microfiber that usually grab and hold on to the dirt. This was also the case with their mops.

In an attempt to reverse the issue, they stopped using the detergent and started using a hydrogen peroxide cleaner in its place. This seemed to make an improvement, but, even after a few weeks, they were not as effective as when they were new.

 

The best advice is to launder your microfiber cleaning tools with warm, not hot, water and use a neutral, non-detergent, liquid cleaner.  In most cases, microfiber cleaning cloths, mops and dusters will come clean with agitation and rinsing. Remember, what ever you were cleaning with is a cleaning chemical, so don’t overload on the detergent. In some cases, a cleaning agent may need to be used while laundering if they are saturated with heavy soils but if they have been used for routine cleaning, just throw them in the wash.

Protect your investment and keep enjoying the results of  your microfiber cleaning!

fixing restroom odors

Restroom Odors – First Find Then Fix

“I clean them, mop the floors and have air fresheners, but there are still restroom odors!”

This is a common statement from many who clean restrooms. It doesn’t have to be. Restrooms odors cause can cause an entire facility to seem dirty. It is common practice to try to quickly eliminate them by using sprays, air fresheners and applying disinfectants around the restroom. The bad news is, these steps have only a temporary effect, if any. Restroom odor must be address at the source. But where do you start? Read more