Public restroom cleaning is a hugely important part of modern society. People must relieve themselves; that is a given. When they are not able to do so, health problems like urinary tract infections, kidney infections, and digestive problems can develop, according to the Wikipedia article on public restrooms. As critical as restrooms are to human health, they are also costly, risky, and difficult to clean.
Restrooms bring in the most complaints from building occupants. That alone tells us that there is a problem with restroom cleaning. But there’s more. Even though restrooms are clearly not being cleaned effectively, somehow, they are still costing more to maintain than any other room. Restrooms gobble up 60 percent of all supplies in a building, and they present the greatest risk for slip-and-fall accidents. Professional cleaners are waging a seemingly impossible war against restroom filth. If professional cleaners are waging a war, they are doing it with woefully inadequate weapons. Mops weren’t built to remove. You wouldn’t remove paint from a canvas with a paintbrush, and you shouldn’t try to remove contaminants from a floor with a mop. Mops are naturals at spreading, distributing and cross contaminating. They also provide a nice damp environment for bacteria to hang out in between mopping. In fact, a single mop can become home to a bacterial population in the millions within just seven days.
with Kaivac, one of our pet projects is stopping the ineffective mop. Nobody wants to touch contaminated restroom surfaces, but many professional cleaners are required to get on their hands and knees in front of a toilet and wipe it down with a cleaning cloth. Can you blame some cleaners for not taking their time or doing a thorough job? Would you want to extend your time kneeled before a filthy throne? We’re all for doing what a quality job requires, but cleaning cloths hardly guarantee a quality job. In order for them to be effective, a cleaner must spray cleaning solution, allow for dwell time, and then use a clean, dry side of the cleaning cloth every time they wipe down a surface. This is a tall order.