Periodically I like to get back to the basics of cleaning since we all can benefit from reminders along the way for the steps necessary to clean a facility effectively and safely.

1. Apply disinfectant/sanitizer to all touch points including toilets, urinals, sinks, faucets and handles. Be careful not to damage the paint/enamel of walls or other surfaces by testing the cleaning in an inconspicuous area first. The reason for applying the disinfectant early is to allow it maximum dwell time.

2. Inspect/dust vents, tops of partitions, etc. allowing any debris to fall before sweeping or mopping floors. When possible, use a vacuum dust wand.

3. Sweep floors and pick up large trash giving special attention along walls and corners to reduce build up.

4. Inspect and restock all paper supplies including toilet tissue, paper towels seat covers, sanitary napkin bags and any other expendable supplies including hand soaps.

5. Damp wipe/polish all metal fixtures, mirrors and bright work being sure to leave surfaces clean and free of spots.

6. Finish cleaning/disinfecting toilets, urinals, sinks, touch points both inside and out. Give special attention to rinsing/drying toilet seats to reduce chance of injury from chemical burns.

7. Using a properly mixed solution of either detergent/disinfectant/enzyme cleaner, mop the floors being careful not to apply a ring of solution along walls that can build up over time.

8. Periodically wash walls to eliminate build up and soiling. It is best to apply solution from bottom to top and rinse from top to bottom.

9. On occasion, double wet mop floors by allowing solution to soak for a period of time and pick up with a wet vacuum unit or at least a clean mop with clean rinse water.

Always inspect your work and remove safety signs once floor is dry and ready for use.

Your comments and questions are important. I hope to hear from you soon. Until then, keep it clean...

Mickey Crowe has been involved in the industry for over 35 years. He is a trainer, speaker and consultant. You can reach Mickey at 678-314-2171 or