Bag vs. Bagless Vacuums | Tips For Effective Vacuuming – Part 2

Bag vs Bagless VacuumIn Part 1 of the Tips for Effective Vacuuming series, we discussed why we vacuum and how to optimize your vacuum’s efficacy by its settings. Now, we are going to discuss what kind of vacuum is best, bag or bag-less.

There are 4 categories to consider when purchasing a vacuum, let’s see how bag vs bag-less compares in each.

Filtration

When cleaning for health, our primary concern is to remove the germs and allergens that we cannot see. For this, excellent filtration or HEPA filtration is preferred.

The bag in a vacuum is the first level of filtration and usually very effective. Many bags have several layers to catch the majority of the large and small particles. That way filters before and after the blower motor only have to worry about fine particles.

With a bag-less vacuum, you are counting on the air movement path and filters to catch all of the debris. The bag-less vacuum is set up so  heavier debris will drop to the bottom of the canister and filters will trap lighter and smaller particles.

The reason the bag vacuum has better filtration is the bag’s surface area is larger then any other filter in the vacuum. This point is really important, because the vacuum bag is full well before most people think it is. See the Bonus section at the end for more details.

WINNER: Bag Vacuum

Note: To get improved filtration in a bag-less vacuum, change or clean the filters as often as you would change a vacuum bag.

Convenience

Vacuuming and cleaning take enough time as it is, so which vacuum is more convenient? Unfortunately, it depends.

The bag-less vacuum fanatic would declare:

“No contest! It’s so easy to just pull the canister off the vacuum, hit a switch, and dump the dirt in the trash. When you have a bag, you need to remove it and replace it, which is never easy and who wants to touch that dirty bag.”

If removing debris from your vacuum was exactly like that, I would agree that bag-less is more convenient, but here’s where I have a problem, it’s not always that easy.

I’ve used plenty of bag-less vacuums that did not release easily and when you went to dump the dirt, that nice little puff of dust makes you think, “wait a minute, isn’t that what I was trying to remove?!?” I’ve also used plenty of bag vacuums that make the bag challenging, if not requiring an advanced degree in vacuum bag replacement.

That’s why I’ll say it depends on the vacuum’s brand and design. Plus, you cannot leave out dealing with filters, especially with bag-less vacuums.

WINNER: Tie

Note: Before making a purchase, make sure you are trained and comfortable with how and when to change vacuum bags and filters.

Cost

The cost to purchase will range for both bag and bag-less vacuums. You will notice that the more expensive vacuums, $500+, do not offer a bag-less version. At that price level, filtration and performance are crucial, and you cannot achieve excellent filtration with a bag-less vacuum.

The cost to run the machine over its lifetime is a different projection. If the cost of the filters are the same for comparable vacuums, then it’s cheaper to have a bag-less vacuum. But, it’s closer than you think because you should be purchasing filters for a bag-less vacuum more often.

The vacuum bag expense is pretty minimal anyway. The average home would use a bag per month and most bags will be around $1 to $2 per bag.

WINNER: Bag-less Vacuum

Note: I recommend you purchase your bags and filters online and use off brand makers. Vacuum companies make a lot of money on bags and filters and in comparison, there is rarely a difference. Considering you will save 100% to 300% buying generic, it’s worth it.

Suction

Like convenience, vacuum performance will depend on brand, design, and cost of the machine. But, all things being equal, I’ve found bag vacuums have better suction.

Great suction comes from the shortest distance possible between the blower and where the vacuum touches the carpet, with the least amount of disruptions in direction.

Bag-less vacuums require many different routes for the air flow because it has to use gravity and redirection to trap dirt. A bag vacuum has the bag, so the air flow can be a direct route with minimal twists and turns. The best vacuums have a straight, direct air flow from the hose, thru the bag, and one filter before hitting the blower motor.

WINNER: Bag Vacuum

The Verdict

A bag vacuum is your best buy.

No matter what type of vacuum you purchase, make sure you:

Buy a vacuum from a store with at least
a 7 day money back guarantee!

You will never know how your vacuum will perform until you test drive it in your home. Other considerations like, cord length, maneuverability, side wand, extra tools, hard floor to carpet transition, weight, and ease of moving up and down stairs are impossible to test in the store.

Try it in every scenario in your home before committing and watch every Youtube video before buying. Just because it’s a $700 vacuum, doesn’t mean it’s the best one for you.

BONUS

The Vacuum Bag Is Full Before You Think It Is

As the air passes thru the walls of the bag, heavy debris drops to the bottom and the lighter debris sticks to the sides. Once all sides of the bag are covered with lint, dust, hair, mold, germs, etc., the bag is full. It has very little to do with the heavy debris at the bottom. Often people will wait until the bag is completely full of heavy dirt before disposing of the bag. That will put way too much pressure on the vacuum’s blower motor and possibly damage it as well.

The bag change should be based on the suction and not how full the bag is. If you can tell the difference in the sound and performance of the vacuum, it’s probably time to change the bag.

Another Reason To Buy A Bag Vacuum

I couldn’t fit this into another category, but it is worth mentioning. Commercial cleaning companies use vacuums all of the time, so wouldn’t the industry have the most convenient, cost effective machines available? They do and none of them are bag-less…none. I’ve never seen one in a catalog or at a trade show.

That, to me, is a pretty good reason. Look to the industry that vacuums for a living and buy whatever they are using.

Tips For Effective Vacuuming – Part 1

Effective vacuuming at home should be pretty easy. All you have to do is fire up the vacuum and run it back and forth over your carpets, right? You can do that and probably do an okay job picking up what you can see. But what you can’t see, may do you and your family much greater harm.

2 Reasons For Vacuuming

1. For Appearance: to extract the soils and particles that you can see.

What we spend most of our time doing

Vacuuming for appearance is important and not only makes your home look clean, but extends the life of your carpet by removing hard soils that can damage carpet fibers. If your carpet is directional (you can see the vacuum passes), it also looks really nice when you’re done.

2. For Health: to remove the germs and allergens that you cannot see.

What we SHOULD spend most of our time doing

Vacuuming for health is about vacuuming the hard to reach areas on a fairly regular basis (at least monthly and more often during the winter) to keep your home from becoming a germ factory. Germs cannot easily live in the higher traffic areas because of the constant movement and agitation. Under furniture and in corners and edges are the best places for mold, germs, and other allergens to thrive and colonize.

Use these tips to optimize your vacuuming…


Carpet Vacuuming Tip #1

Use the correct settings

If your vacuum has a setting to control the height of the roller brush, make sure it’s set to the correct height.

What is the correct height? First, set it to the highest setting, the roller is probably not touching the carpet fibers. Now, click down until the roller brush just touches the carpet fibers. That is the perfect setting.

When you set it to the lowest setting, you will feel a lot of resistance and it feels like you’re working hard. Unfortunately, that hard work is for nothing, because when the roller brush setting is too low you are:

  1. Not allowing enough airflow for the vacuum to pick up any particles. The roller brush is supposed to loosen soils for the vacuum to suck up. But, if the settings are too low and the airflow is restricted, many particles will be left behind.
  2. Making the vacuum work way too hard. The blower motor and the belt driver will be working extra hard for nothing. Which will greatly reduce the operational life of your vacuum
  3. noogieDamaging the carpet fibers. It might feel good to put the carpet fibers and your arm through a workout, but you are actually damaging the carpet. Carpets are made to have very light agitation when the fibers are dry. The roller brush only hitting the very top of each fiber is perfect. When the setting is too low, it’s like you’re giving your carpet a noogie…ouch!

Next week’s tip :: What’s better, a bagged or bag-less vacuum?

Got a question about vacuuming? Please ask in the comments below.

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Get Your Kids Cleaning…They’ll Learn More Than You Think!

Cleaning tasks around the house are easier when everyone in the home helps out. This is not news, but you may not have realized that giving your children dedicated cleaning tasks and responsibilities can help them more than it helps you.

Mila Window CleaningEducation today is (or at least should be) changing from content to concepts. The days of memorizing the states and capitals should be behind us since we can get the answer in seconds from our phone. Some might feel this is bad, I think it is good, but we better change what we are teaching to keep up with technology.

If information is plentiful, it’s time to focus on how to use it

Concepts like thinking logically and creatively, problem solving, teamwork, social skills, helping those in need, etc. are now the focus of education and I’m here to say, “getting your kids cleaning can help.” I’m not sure that it’s time to add Floor Waxing 101 to the curriculum, but I do think schools would be much cleaner (and save money) if the students had to help keep it clean.

Here are some concepts that cleaning responsibilities around the home can help to teach your children:

Doing Your Part

Unless your child plans on being a solo astronaut, they will have to learn how to live in a home or community where everyone has a role and helps out. Their future college roommates and boyfriends/girlfriends/spouse will thank you.

Build Character

Cleaning can become a necessary evil. I don’t know anyone who likes looking at dirty dishes or a messy living room after working a long, busy day. Teaching children to “step up to the plate” before being asked strengthens their drive to help and think of others before themselves.

Don’t forget to positively reinforce this behavior.

An Awesome Work Ethic And Attitude

I saw a great quote recently,

“Don’t confuse effort with results.”

This made me think of the cleaning business and (get ready for me to sound old) “kids today.” Often, when we hire a new or younger employee they will work like crazy, but after they are done, the area doesn’t look clean and they get frustrated with me for pointing this out.

I get it and I’ve been there, it’s no fun to put in a lot of effort and not get quality results. But, how dirty, sweaty you got, or how long you were on your hands and knees doesn’t matter, meeting or exceeding expectations does.

This is what makes cleaning a great teaching tool. If you establish the desired result for cleaning the bathroom and you become the quality control officer, you can set your children up for success in any endeavor.

Proper cleaning is: Using the correct tools, techniques, and procedures to achieve the desired results in the least amount of time and with least amount of effort.

Does that sound like anything else? How about EVERYTHING else!

5 Steps To Set Your Child Up For Cleaning Success

  1. Give them the right tools and teach them how to use them
  2. Establish what “clean” means
  3. Teach how to clean each surface and fixture, make sure to reinforce, “just because you wiped it, doesn’t mean it’s clean”
  4. Have a written procedure. Include a specific order and approximate time to complete each task
  5. Leave a place for you to give an inspection score and note for improvement

They Don’t Have To Clean The Whole House

You can pick and choose what rooms, fixtures or furniture gets cleaned. You can also assign tasks based on their age and abilities. Just like in education, the assigned tasks should be slightly above their abilities.

Have a Creative Reward System For Excellent Results

Rewarding children for awesome results is a great idea and you can get creative. Extra time doing their favorite activities or earning credits towards the purchase of desired items. This can be easy if you use a point based inspection system.

Need Help Getting Started?

Email me (anthony@absolutecleanonline.com) and I will give you a printable checklist for cleaning a variety of spaces. I’ll also include our recommended list of products, procedures and cleaning times. Your kids might be less resistant when they learn they can clean a half bath in 6 minutes!

Note about the picture and video. I’m going for cute and not recommending having a 3 year old clean the house. This is my Niece, not the best cleaner, but at least she is using microfiber!

Do-It-Yourself Carpet Cleaning Tips

As a professional carpet cleaner, you would think I discourage people from renting or purchasing a carpet cleaning machine. Not me! If you want to grab the reigns and tackle carpet cleaning, go for it. I believe that DIY carpet cleaning can extend the life of your carpets.

***But, let this article be your warning***

I have seen many a carpet ruined by improper DIY carpet cleaning. So, before you start filling the water tanks and going to town on your spots and stains, make sure you avoid these 5 common pitfalls.

Too Much Cleaning Solution

If a little is good, more must be better, right? Wrong.

Powdered DrinkThink of cleaning solution like making a drink from a powdered concentrate. Too much or not enough powder makes the drink taste gross. You want just the right amount to taste perfect. That’s the same with cleaning solutions. I actually recommend using less than what the manufacturer recommends.

The machines available for a homeowner to purchase or rent are not that powerful. Considering a professional carpet cleaning machine, that can cost upwards of $20,000 and requires hours of training for proper use, only cleans the top 1/8″ of carpet fiber, what do you think the little red machine you rent at the supermarket can do?

With this in mind, why is too much or too strong a cleaning solution bad? Because excessive solution that is not fully extracted will leave a residue, which may:

  • Attract more dirt making future carpet cleaning and vacuuming less effective
  • Set stains or turn spots into stains, which means even a professional cannot remove them
  • Shorten the life of the carpet. Un-extracted solution can soak into the latex backing of your carpets and over time can weaken the backing and allow carpet fibers to become loose.

Too Few Vacuum Passes

A “vacuum pass” in carpet cleaning terms is exactly what it sounds like. On most machines you need to push a button to release the cleaning solution, without the button pushed, only the vacuum and possibly the rotary brush will be functioning.

wet carpet 4_mediumI recommend you make an extra vacuum pass over all areas of your carpet. Over-wetting your carpet can cause the same problems as too much solution. Also, really wet carpets may encourage microbial (mold) growth, which is worse than a juice spot.

You should also consider the weather. Unless you have central air conditioning, it is best to avoid carpet cleaning on humid or rainy days.

Wrong Type Of Carpet

Oriental Rug1Most synthetic fiber carpets and rugs will not be harmed by water-based carpet cleaning products, but if you have any Oriental, natural, or wool fiber carpets or rugs, please hire a professional. Improper cleaning techniques on these types of fiber can cause:

  • Water spots
  • Staining
  • Color Bleed
  • Fiber damage

Wrong Situation

Dirty CarpetThe DIY Carpet Cleaning machine is made for normal maintenance and not heavy duty cleaning. If you are cleaning your carpets every 6 months using your machine, especially in high traffic areas, you are probably in good shape. But, if you are 5 college students moving out of an apartment after 2 years of regular social events, the rental machine will get your carpets wet, but that’s about it.

If you can see traffic patterns and many spots are more than 24 hours old, you might want to consider professional cleaning.

Never Getting Your Carpets Professionally Cleaned

Even if you are a 25 year old, triathlete, who drinks smoothies made out of kale and salmon everyday, you still need your regular checkups.

Most carpet manufacturers recommend having your carpets professionally cleaned every 6-12 months. If you are using a DIY carpet machine properly, you should be able to extend professional carpet cleaning to every 18-24 months. I would not go longer than 2 years between professional carpet cleaning.

Got a question before you try to clean your own carpets? Ask below!

Hard Floor Cleaning – Are You Doing More Harm Than Good?

If you’re using a mop and bucket…you’re doing it wrong. Unless your goal is spreading dirty water around.Mop and Bucket Small

Imagine you have a brand new mop head and a clean bucket of cold water. First you dunk the mop head in the water, wring it out, and start moving it on the floor. Now the mop head is dirty and once you put it back in the water, you’ve contaminated the water too.

It doesn’t matter how often you change the water, unless you change the mop head too, you are just spreading around dirty water.

Need Proof?

Next time you are in a Dunkin’ Donuts or any public place with ceramic tile look at the grout. Check the grout color in the middle of the floor compared to the grout on the edges or up the wall. Do you see 2 different colors? That’s not from people’s dirty shoes, that’s from dirty mop water! Gross!

It may not look that bad in your home, but if you are using any mop and bucket system, you might be doing more harm than good. Remember cleaning is the removal of soils, not just diluting them and spreading them around.

What Should You Do?

Best Option | Microfiber Mop Padsbetter-life-mop-with-2-microfiber-pads-d-20130802181350567~261222

The microfiber mops pads are the best option. You will use very little product (sometimes cold water only), plus they are durable and washable.

We have thousands of them and I tell our cleaners, use as many as you need.

Here’s what you do:

  1. Put several mop pads in a bucket with the product you are using. I recommend using mostly cold water and very little product. Try to find a neutral pH product.
  2. Take one mop pad, wring it out, and drop it on the floor.
  3. Place the mop handle on top of the mop pad Mop Handle with Arrowsand work it in the same direction the whole time. The goal is to trap the dirt on one side on the mop pad. Imagine you have a small ball that you are working back and forth as you mop the floor. I draw arrows to remind me which direction to go.

 

The mop pads come in a variety of sizes (we use the 18″ the vast majority of the time). For most single family homes, you can clean an average kitchen and bathroom using one pad, unless it is really dirty.

To care for the mop pads, follow the instruction in this article about caring for microfiber.

Good Option | Steam Cleaning w/Replaceable Pads

This is a similar option to the microfiber mop pads and adds the steam to help with cleaning. The only reason I don’t believe it is the best option is the residential devices are usually pretty flimsy and unless you are using filtered or distilled water, the impurities in the tap water can ruin the device or maybe even the floor.

Okay Option | Swiffer Mop Pads

I’m not crazy about this, but I understand that not everyone will want to use microfiber mop pads. I do believe that the Swiffer mop pads are wasteful, expensive, have too much product in them and will leave a residue, especially in grout lines. That being said, they are better than a mop and bucket because they will trap dirt, just use them judicially.

Super-duper Hard Floor Cleaning | Professional Use Only

No matter what you use for your maintenance cleaning, unless your floor is completely smooth and non-porous, you will need a professional cleaning every year or every other year.

The professional hard floor cleaning process uses stronger products that will loosen up the trapped soils and then extract them using a pressure washing system.

***Please turn your volume DOWN before playing video***

This Isn’t For Everyone

Make sure you thoroughly inspect the condition of your flooring before using this procedure with the company you hire. Loose grout and tile might become dislodged or damaged by pressure washing. If you have any concerns about secondary damaged that may be caused by aggressive cleaning, let the company you hire give alternative recommendations. We offer a hand cleaning with a low pressure extraction. It works well in delicate situations.

Products

Best Option | Cold Water w/ Spot Cleaning Product

Unless your floors are very dirty, there is no reason to use products with microfiber mop pads. I like to have a bottle of a stronger product to deal with dirty areas and use clean, cold water in other areas. Sometimes, I will use a neutral pH cleaner if there is uniform soiling.

Okay Option | Any Other Product

Feel free to experiment with a water, vinegar, & essential oil mixture on your floors. No matter what you use, make sure to test it in an inconspicuous area first and only mix it as strong as necessary. Cleaning product companies want you to buy as much product as possible, but with all cleaning products, less is more.

Don’t be afraid to use elbow grease, the “greenest” cleaning product of all!

Any Questions?

There are several other types of hard floors, if you want to know the best techniques and products to clean your floors, please ask in the comments below or email me at anthony@absolutecleanonline.com

Cleaning With Bleach…Please Don’t or Be VERY Careful

Many people love to clean with bleach and I understand why. Generations ago it was a common household cleaner and lots of people grew up associating the bleach smell with clean. It’s the perfect smell to go with clean, because it’s powerful and nothing else smells like it. It also does an okay job as a cleaner, can be used as a disinfectant and it’s cheap.

no_bleach_side3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Use Bleach?

1- It’s Dangerous

It’s not just dangerous like it can ruin clothes or discolor surfaces, which it can. It’s dangerous like it’s bad for your health. The fumes alone can cause health problems and don’t ever mix it with anything other than water. This is a great article about the dangers of bleach.

2 – Isn’t “It’s Dangerous” Reason Enough

Before I owned a cleaning business, I was taught that if you got bleach in your eyes you can cause serious damage. Unless you clean your home wearing a face mask and respirator, you and your family are placed in harm’s way, so why use it at all?

3 – It’s Unnecessary

I would say I’ve come across about 95% of the household cleaning issues and I have yet to find a situation where using bleach was the only product to tackle the job or where using bleach was a better option.

What Should You Use Instead?

If you are doing any cleaning in your home, I recommend my ultimate cleaning kit.

Getting your whites whiter, here are 5 options more safe than bleach.

OK bleach lovers, your turn…why am I wrong? Please add in the comments below.

Public Restrooms, there’s an app for that!

Last week’s article about the best public restrooms in Worcester was inspired by a free app, the SitOrSquat app by Charmin.

photo 2The SitOrSquat app allows you to find clean, public restrooms anywhere in the US. You can review a restroom or add a restroom that is not already included. The more people get involved, the more complete the list. It’s available on all devices and operating systems.

It has its limitations, such as you have to link it to your Twitter or Facebook account. When I linked it to my Twitter account I was concerned it was going to automatically send a tweet every time I used public restroom. So far, it hasn’t tweeted anything.

How It Works

photo 1Once you download the SitOrSquat app and create your account, all you do is start it up and it will find you. Then it gives you a local map with bathroom locations. A green toilet paper icon means clean and a red icon means stay away.

You can zoom in and click on the icons to see the address and read any reviews submitted.

Who Is This Good For?

photo 3I recommend you share this with:

  • Anyone who travels, even a little
  • Anyone with kids
  • Anyone who cares about clean, public restrooms

Why the SitOrSquat app is important

This app is more than a great tool to help travelers, it can communicate to businesses that clean, sanitary restrooms are important and can affect your business. As you look through the list, most are competing restaurants, coffee shops, and convenience stores. These are places where people buy food and no one wants to buy food from a dirty business. If the restrooms are dirty, what does the kitchen look like.

Try to spread the word and if you know any businesses that are included with a red toilet paper icon, tell them. They can do something about the condition of their restrooms and be proactive about getting their rating changed. A good rating can bring in business as well.

Healthy Food Options…in a Diner?

My wife and I went to Buffalo this past weekend for the Bills/Pats game (she’s a Bills fan). The stadium is actually well south of Buffalo, so we stayed in Hamburg, NY. As we left Monday morning, we were in search of a place to eat breakfast before hitting the road. We prefer to eat at an independent restaurant over a chain or franchise to experience the local flavors. After driving around and asking convenience store employees where to go, we were out of luck and time.

Hungry and driving towards the highway, we saw the Denny’s. I did not want to go. I had never been to a Denny’s, so I judged a book by it’s cover…boy was I wrong…it was surprisingly great.

Denny's Fit FareThis Denny’s was clean and we were seated promptly. When I got the menu, I was prepared to gain 5 pounds just reading the options. Instead, front and center on every page, was the Denny’s Fit Fare. They had a selection of healthier options and they didn’t skimp on the variety.

My wife and I ordered different dishes off the Fit Fare menu and then I thought, “here we go now, the portions are going to be tiny and the fruit will either be old or recently thawed.” I was wrong again, the fruit was ripe and fresh and the portion was perfect.

I can’t speak for every Denny’s and I am not calling it a healthy breakfast, give me my Nutriblast any day. But, since too many restaurants point to their salads as their “Healthy Options” and almost hide them on their menu, I give Denny’s a “Standing-O” for their approach.

Denny’s is still a diner and has their traditional options, which gets them press in articles like this. But, let’s be honest, can’t you go into almost any restaurant and pick their least healthy option and write an article about it. I don’t blame Denny’s for having their pancakes and fried foods, customers want that too, I am congratulating Denny’s for their excellent Fit Fare options and featuring it in their menu, not hiding it.

So, Denny’s Restaurants, I’m sorry for making assumptions, I hope this article makes up for it!

Best Public Restrooms In Worcester

I do most of my computer work on the road and finding a clean and well designed restroom is very important. Of all of the places I’ve been to, one stands above the rest, Panera Bread. They are not perfect, but most of their restrooms are designed in a way where you touch the fewest surfaces and dispensers and fixtures are logically placed.

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WHAT MAKES A GOOD PUBLIC RESTROOM?

Clean

Unfortunately, this is where most public restrooms fall short and I have rarely seen cleaning well done. I give Panera Bread a “B” for cleanliness. Most of their locations take care of the basic cleaning, but do not tend to the details, multi-touch surfaces, or floors.

Well stocked

I’ve never seen a problem with this at a Panera Bread and if you needed more supplies or saw they were running low, I bet their staff would jump right on it.

Hands-free hand towel dispensers

According to the research cited in the WHO Guidelines on Hand Hygiene, hand towels are more hygienic than blowers, especially the high speed blowers. You also need to use the hand towels to turn off the water and open the door, which gets me to…

photo 2(3)Well placed trash baskets

Trash baskets should be next to the door and not require touching a lid, even with a foot pedal.

Environmental considerations

photo 1(2)Bathrooms can be a huge waste of paper goods and water. Some flushing fixtures have reduced water flows and the Panera Bread on West Boylston Street in Worcester even has a “Water Saving Handle.” Up for liquid only and down for solids, brilliant!

They also set the hand towel dispenser to unroll the perfect amount of paper towel. Many businesses set it to the shortest amount, thinking they will save money, but the opposite usually happens and people dispense too many times.

WHAT PANERA BREAD COULD DO TO MAKE THEIR RESTROOMS PERFECT

Stop mopping the floors with a mop and bucket and switch to a microfiber mop pad set up.

better-life-mop-with-2-microfiber-pads-d-20130802181350567~261222There are a few reasons for this. When you look at a tile floor in a public place you will usually see the grout lines are unevenly soiled and there is dirty grout 2 inches up on the wall as well. This is not from use, this is from mopping. Also, the traditional mop and bucket does a better job spreading dirty water around, than it does removing soils.

Using a microfiber mop pad system will better clean the floors and greatly reduce the amount of soil trapped by the grout.

Regular staff training on how to detail clean a bathroom

Like I stated above, I believe they take care of the basics, but the devil is in the details. And by devil I mean, infectious diseases.

Almost every public bathroom misses:

  • Knobs and push plates
  • Tops of dispensers, fixtures, and stall dividers
  • Stall doors, latches, and walls
  • Exterior of light fixtures and vents
  • Walls and baseboards, especially below hand towel dispensers
  • Main door, especially below the handles
  • Detail around faucets and soap dispensers
  • Underside of toilets & urinals

Each one of these areas are perfect places for germs to colonize. In a 1-3 stall bathroom it would take 5-7 minutes to clean the above list. Time well spent.

Hire a professional cleaning company every 3 months to pressure wash and fully sanitize all surfaces

Manual cleaning and disinfecting can do an awesome job keeping a public bathroom clean and safe, for about 3 months.

Corners, crevices, grout lines, toilet seat brackets, etc. will trap soils no matter what tools or products you use. By pressure washing these surfaces every 3 months, you will prevent build up and help your staff maintain a high level of cleaning all year long.

These are services Absolute Clean provides, but I don’t care who they hire. Clean, well designed public restrooms will minimize the spread of infectious diseases and that is good for everyone.

Your turn, where do you go when you have to “go?”