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You can judge an establishment’s cleanliness by looking at the restroom. Toilets are a source for cross-contamination. They are a place where contagious diseases could potentially spread by touching commonly used surfaces such as taps, sinks, paper towel dispensers, doors and soap dispensers.

There is a difference between cleaning and disinfecting, which are performed with different cleaning products. Cleaning refers to the removal of visible surface contaminants, usually with soap, water and detergents or with cleaning machines.

Disinfecting on the other hand, refers to killing a high percentage of germs on a surface. Disinfecting is the most important part of restroom cleaning. It is also the part that many cleaners often miss out or perform incorrectly.

Here are some important tips to keep your restrooms clean while preventing the spread of germs.

To maximise the effectiveness of your chosen disinfectants, you should read the instructions printed on the packaging to understand how they work:

  • Does the product require dilution before using?
  • Do you need to cover the surface with the product for optimal results?
  • Does the product need to sit on the surface for some time before removing it?

Toilets and restrooms can be potential health hazards, if not disinfected regularly and should be disinfected at least once a day. There are some parts of the restroom that need to be addressed more frequently than others.

The toilet seats and tap handles should be sanitised everyday with an antibacterial cleaner. The restroom mirrors, sinks and taps should also be disinfected regularly to remove germs.

It is important for high-touch areas to be sanitised properly to prevent the transfer of germs from one person to another.

A great exercise for your cleaning crew would be to list all the touch points in the restroom that need to be disinfected every time they are cleaned.

Disinfecting toilet flush handles, toilet seats, tap handles, paper towel dispensers, and soap dispensers is imperative as they experience a high amount of hand traffic.

Choosing the right product to sanitise the exterior of toilet rims, seats, lids, tanks and bowls is extremely important to kill germs. Be sure to check the label for the recommended standing time and antibacterial cleaning properties.

Coronavirus can live surfaces for days. Proven to destroy Coronavirus in just 60 seconds*. Domestos Multipurpose Thick Bleach is safe to use on most surfaces, and works to disinfect kitchen and bathroom surfaces, other washable surfaces, tiles and painted wood surfaces. *SARS-COV-2. #NaOCL (Sodium Hypochlorite) at 0.5%

Handy Andy Multipurpose Cream is a multi-surface cleaner with is a fast-acting formula that leaves sparkling clean surfaces. It helps to remove bathroom dirt and scum.