10 Ways To Keep Your School Washroom Clean and Efficient: Part One
With the kids all heading back to school we take a look at how best to ensure your school washroom is kept clean and efficient.
Part one looks at how scheduling frequent cleaning and maintenance, utilising different components and proving all the required disposal facilities can help the washroom stand the test of time.
A cleaning programme (with regular check-ups)
If your school is fortunate enough to have a cleaner on duty during school hours regular check-ups to all toilets is a good way to maintain cleanliness and sort out any litter, or alike, scattered around.
A cleaning programme can also help to create a schedule for what time cleaners should visit, such as busy periods, which are usually after lunchtime, or a deep clean at the end of the week.
Encourage hand washing
Providing hygiene signs to remind students, and staff, to properly wash their hands helps to reduce the number of bacteria within a washroom due to the higher student hygiene rate. Washing your hands also further reduces the risk of illness’ spreading between students and reducing days taken off due to sickness.
Liquid Soap Dispensers
Using liquid soap dispensers rather than bar soap is more cost-effective, cleaner and less wasteful. This is due to the amount of soap used and how long it lasts. Usually, with bar soap, there is a higher percentage of bacteria left upon the surface of the bar that others can pick up. Although they will be washing their hands shortly afterwards there is still a higher chance of infection.
Bar soap is also more inefficient as it takes longer to lather up, therefore there is more possibility of the bar being wasted, as well as small amounts being thrown away due to the difficulty of use.
At Commercial Washrooms we have a range of soap dispensers available, one of our most popular models is Polished Stainless Steel Refillable Soap Dispenser.
Hand dryers are usually eco-friendlier and less expensive to run compared to the use of paper towels. Paper towels can easily be wasted, as over 3,000 tons are thrown away each day in the US.
A hand dryer is also more cost-effective, costing between 0.02 pence and 0.18 pence in electricity per dry vs roughly 1 penny per sheet of paper towels. Therefore, dryers are significantly better for the environment and for the cost of your company.
At Commercial washrooms, we provide many models of hand dryers, including the Ultra dry heavy-duty automatic hand dryer, which is one of our most cost-effective and popular products.
Providing bins within school washrooms means there is less chance of litter. It is recommended that there are 2 bins within washrooms, one for recycling and another for other waste. Supplying bins means that there is a higher chance of litter being thrown in the bin rather than on the floor, meaning the washroom itself will be considerably cleaner and tidier, making it a better space for students to use.
Commercial washrooms have a range of bins with the Dolphin Polished Stainless Steel Pedal Bins being the most popular for washrooms of this type.
As always, our team are at the end of the telephone for all your queries and questions and have a wealth of knowledge they’re happy to share with you. So if you need some guidance, or would like to talk over your options, you can give them a call on 01202 650900.