How to Create a Restroom Cleaning Schedule

You might not realize it, but your restroom is probably the most important room of your business. If there’s one area of your business that customers are going to notice, it’s the room where your customers feel most vulnerable and are the most attentive to hygiene. If your restrooms are dirty, smelly, out-of-stock or otherwise below standards, you risk losing customers. 

But we get it: you’re busy focusing on your core services. Do you really have time to micromanage your commercial restroom?

That’s why having a restroom cleaning schedule that works for your business is so important. You need to have a system in place that you don’t really have to think about, so you can focus on your business instead of getting bogged down in the details. 

Here’s how you can create a restroom cleaning schedule:

1. Assess your cleaning needs.

First, you need to think critically about the daily, weekly and monthly cleaning requirements of your commercial restroom. Are your restrooms large or small? Do you see a lot of consistent traffic through your restrooms? 

If your restroom is mostly for staff and is only occasionally used by customers, then your cleaning schedule doesn’t need to be as rigorous. If, however, you’re getting customers flowing in and out of your commercial restrooms during all working hours, then your strategy might need to be a little more aggressive. 

You should base your assessment on what you’ve seen previously in terms of restroom maintenance and cleaning in your facility, and also on the traffic that you’re expecting in the future. 

2. Put together the first draft of your cleaning schedule.

In general, you should be conducting three types of cleanings: spot cleanings, daily cleanings, and deep cleanings. Spot cleanings should be done at various points throughout the day to wipe down sinks, refill supplies if they’re out, empty the trash if it’s full and check toilets. Daily cleanings should be done every day at a time that’s not disruptive to your customers, and should include sweeping/mopping, light disinfection, restocking and taking out the trash. Finally, deep cleanings can be scheduled every week or even every month, depending on how dirty your restroom gets. Deep cleanings should involve dusting, wiping down walls, scrubbing floors, deep disinfecting and making necessary repairs. 

3. Create a thorough restroom cleaning checklist.

Whether you’re using your own workers to clean your restroom or hiring outside contractors to get the job done, they need to know exactly what you expect. So, create a checklist for each type of cleaning to ensure that everything gets done and provide copies in an inconspicuous place inside your restrooms. 

4. Start your schedule, and then reassess. 

Once you’ve created your schedule and checklists and started on your new cleaning regimen, then after a couple of weeks or months, it’s time to take a look back and see how everything is going. If your employees are coming in for spot cleanings and end up having nothing to do, then it might be time to space out your spot cleanings further. Or, on the other hand, if the trash is always overflowing and there’s toilet tissue on the floor, then you might need to schedule more cleanings. 

Once you’ve followed these steps, then you’re well on your way to a restroom that customers will appreciate!

Partner with NorthStar for Your Restroom Cleaning Needs

One of the parts of restroom maintenance that businesses often struggle with is keeping up with a stock of supplies. Even if your restroom is spotless, if you’re out of toilet tissue or soap, then your customers are going to have a negative experience within your facility. 

NorthStar supplies restroom mats, mops, air fresheners, paper products, hand sanitizers and soaps, along with appropriate dispensers. With NorthStar, you’ll never run out of essential supplies!

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