In this article, I would like to address some key restroom hot spots that we all need to look for and suggest some remedies. I highly recommend that management get out from behind their desks, get off the golf course and invest a few select nights personally inspecting accounts, especially those that have sustained complaints. It may open your eyes to some serious issues that you have let lapse way too long.

  1. Strong urine odor in men’s restroom, which is due to many factors. This can include using the wrong chemicals (consider an enzyme) as well as pouring water/solution down the floor drains on a regular basis. Make sure workers are cleaning splash areas around the urinal walls and partitions each and every night.
  2. Soiled sanitary napkin boxes in women’s restroom. Make sure to either provide paper/plastic bags or simply clean, disinfect nightly.
  3. Build up around faucet base due to inadequate cleaning. Some areas of the country have a higher mineral content than other areas, but in other cases, it can simply be due to the worker not taking the time to clean around the faucets which can result in soap build up.
  4. Very dusty air vents, partition tops and even walls. This should be addressed by regularly scheduled quadrant cleaning. I prefer a backpack vacuum with appropriate hose tips to clean these areas.
  5. Floor grout discolored — especially around urinals. This is due to factors such as dirty mop, dirty solution and perhaps the wrong chemicals. Consider a clean microfiber mop, always clean solution and identifying the most effective product for the grout lines.

Do you have other restroom Hot Spots? If so, please share with us. Your comments and feedback are always appreciated. 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