Cleaning Older Restrooms

Cleaning Older Restrooms. Age Has Nothing To Do With Clean.

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. Read more

cleaning thoughts from BaldGuyClean

Cleaning Thoughts From The Bald Guy

I spend a lot of time thinking about cleaning. I do research. Put what I learn into practice. And I like to share my experiences. I wanted to share some of my cleaning thoughts because there is a bunch of scary information out there. Read more

Promoting Clean

Promoting Clean and Cleanliness

Why Aren’t Businesses Promoting Clean Anymore?

When was the last time you heard anyone say “Wow! This place is really clean!”  We are all too familiar with slogans like “Always In Stock” and “Guaranteed Lowest Prices.” Slogans like these hold a business accountable. They better live up to the claim. If they don’t then their image is damaged in the public eye. But you no longer see businesses promoting clean. Read more

More Cleaning

More Cleaning Is Not Always The Answer

A while back, we took a trip to Minneapolis to visit family. While we were there, we had an opportunity to visit the world-renowned Mall Of America. All I can say is “Wow!” This place is huge! If you have not had the chance to visit, I would recommend adding it to your list. From the indoor amusement park to the seemingly unending selection of stores and restaurants, the Mall Of America lives up to its reputation as one of the modern wonders of the world. What really impressed me though was the amount of cleaning. But is more cleaning the answer?  Read more

cleaning is a waste of money

Cleaning Is A Waste Of Money…

The amount of money that is spent in cleaning industry each year is estimated to be $100 billion . That’s right. With a “B”. And it continues to increase, even in these difficult economic times. When you add in the popularity of green cleaning and green cleaning products, who knows how high it will go. What this means is, as a society, we are concerned about maintaining clean environments. And while we are spending huge amounts of money each year to clean, I feel that much of it is wasted. Read more

Cleaning Awareness Starts With You

Cleaning Awareness Starts With You! — Learn Clean

I often get frustrated at the lack of attention paid to cleaning. For all of the money that is spent on labor, supplies and equipment, we should really be getting better results. Has our society just become use to poor results? It seems that cleaning awareness is missing.

Lack of Cleaning Awareness

I took the picture below in a public restroom where I was helping my son use the facilities. Since he could not reach the urinal, I had to hold him up. His feet were on top of my feet and left a sticky residue on my shoes. Also, due to excessive use of cleaning chemicals, the floor was sticky. And as you can see, there was obviously a lack of attention paid in the “Dribble Zone.”

Dirty Restroom Floors are unacceptable. Lack of cleaning awareness.

Wasted Cleaning Effort

My real problem with the situation is that someone was paid to mop this floor, a lot! It was obvious from the sticky chemical is evidence!  They are doing the job. A supervisor should be inspecting the work. It was a busy restroom. Have we just come to accept it. No one seems to notice or care that the floor is not fit for zoo animals? The monkey house is at least hosed out once a day?

Therefore, all the work, time and money put into restroom cleaning would be better spent on a portable toilet just outside that will be sucked out each day and hosed out weekly.

In addition, this restroom exited into a carpeted area. As a result, everything that is on the restroom floor is tracked out on to the carpet. Carpet that parents have no problem allowing their children to crawl around on.

Who’s Fault Is It?

So who is to blame? First of all, the custodian is at the bottom of the list. This person is doing their job with the tools and knowledge they are given. Maybe it should be the supervisor? Is it this person’s fault that they have never been shown what is acceptable or even possible?

I really feel it is the patrons. An industry study has shown that 94% of patrons will not return to a business if the restrooms are not clean, but do they ever tell the business? We can’t just walk away without saying anything. We have to let them know that their idea of clean and ours is not the same.

Unhappy customers equals no customers. Hence, no customers equals no business, jobs, money ect…

Trust me, if you talk, now more than ever, they will listen and act.