For janitors who use janitorial carts to make the rounds, cleanliness starts with the cart. A dirty cart — whether the cart itself is stained or splattered with debris, or its contents are a disheveled mess — is that last thing a customers or building occupant needs to see. Not only can they result in complaints, but they can spread bacteria and illness as they move from room to room, contributing to cross-contamination. Janitors should inspect their carts before and after each shift, wiping them down with a cleaner or disinfectant, and spot-cleaning as needed.

Another factor that affects appearance is cart organization. Carts were created to organize tools and products needed to get the job done; think of them as a mobile janitor closet. Many come with mop buckets, trash receptacles or bags, compartments that close and lock, keeping dangerous chemicals in a safe place, as well as storage for clean paper products, soaps and other products that need restocking in restrooms and break rooms.