Providing a clean restroom for your employees and customers is not just important for aesthetic reasons. As a high-traffic area, a public bathroom can be a breeding ground for germs and bacteria. How clean is your bathroom (really)?
Restrooms and Employee Health
While your bathroom may look clean, there are unseen germs hiding everywhere: from door knobs, to faucets, to toilet handles. These germs can easily spread around the office. Even in the cleanest-looking public restrooms, it is not uncommon to find bacteria such as Salmonella, Hepatitis, E. coli, and Norovirus. And illness at work costs a lot of money in the form of sick days and decreased productivity.
Even if you’re not concerned about the cleanliness of your bathroom, your employees are. According a recent survey, 95% of professionals surveyed believe restroom cleanliness impacts overall public health
Avoiding the Spread of Unseen Bacteria
Even if your bathroom looks clean, there are steps you can take to avoid the spread of unseen bacteria and germs:
It may sound silly, but educating employees on proper hand washing techniques will help reduce the spread of germs throughout your office. Within its hand washing guidelines, The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that “Keeping hands clean through improved hand hygiene is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.” This includes scrubbing between fingers and underneath fingernails and jewelry for at least 20 seconds.
Hire a Commercial Cleaning Company
A commercial cleaning company like New Hampshire Cleaning Services uses the right cleaning products to disinfect and deep clean high-touch zones that ordinary disinfection methods cannot. “These cleaning agents are non-toxic, but effective in killing the germs from wall-to-wall,” explains Gordon Bult, president of NH Cleaning Services.