Are you cleaning older restrooms? Everyone loves new, especially when it comes to cleaning restrooms. When floors and fixtures are new, except for some construction clean up, they are, well, clean. But as we know, it doesn’t take long before they are put to use and it’s all downhill from there right? It does not have to be.
The fact is though, new is the exception to the standard. While we would all love to replace restroom floors and fixtures at the first sign of stubborn stains and odors, the goal is to keep them looking new for as long as possible. I have heard it for years, “New is easier to keep clean.” My theory is “Clean is easier to keep clean.” As I have talked about a lot in the past, the key to restroom cleaning, especially cleaning older restrooms, is maintenance. Taking the time to do daily cleaning properly will lead to consistently clean facilities.
Restroom Cleaning Amazement
During a family road trip, we stopped into a truck stop along I-80 in Wyoming. I must say, it was amazing. Little America is in the middle of nowhere. 20+ miles from the nearest town, this oasis in the middle of the high desert had by far, the cleanest public restrooms I have ever seen. The really crazy thing about these restrooms was that they were nowhere near new. Like a flashback to the 60’s and 70’s, the tile on the floors and walls were turquoise in the men’s and pastel pink in the women’s. (I got the report from my wife.)
The grout lines were spotless. The men’s room, under the urinals and the floors were not even sticky. The chrome on all of the fixtures was shining and best of all, there was no odor. Zero. It literally smelled like nothing.
Although I wasn’t able to speak with the custodial staff, I did make a point to track down an employee and leave a complement for them.
Cleaning Older Restrooms Can Be An Asset
Many view restroom cleaning as a necessary evil with no real return on investment. In the example of Little America, it would be easy to say “Where else are they going to stop? Why put time into cleaning older restrooms?” The long-term impact of maintaining the “like new” state of restroom facilities has more than likely paid for itself over and over through the years.
Restoring is the expensive part of restroom cleaning and cleaning older restrooms that have not been maintained is even more difficult. But, by allocating the resources to keep facilities clean on a daily basis, restoration or “deep cleaning’ becomes a thing of the past. This reduces overall costs when it comes to renovating and replacing too. It is surely good for business as well. I know that the cleanliness of the restrooms affects my choices on where to shop, eat and buy gas.
Restroom cleaning can be an asset with a much greater return than most businesses think. Whether you are cleaning older restrooms or new, think long-term everyday. And if you find yourself on I-80 in western Wyoming, make sure to check out Little America. Let me know if you agree!