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February 2018

How to motivate to get your office bathrooms deep cleaned

Written by Lemay Rogers
Workplace Hygiene

When you ask people where they think the dirtiest place in the office is, the bathroom is generally the first answer on offer. If you follow our blog, you will know that it is one of the main areas of concern, alongside workstations and the kitchen.

Often office bathrooms are in a poorly ventilated part of the building and associated with odours, germs and filthiness.  Unless hygiene is made a priority, this perception isn’t far from the truth.  The problem is that it doesn’t stop at the perception; an unhygienic bathroom has very real health risks that can affect you and your colleagues.  

How big is your risk?  Read about it in our blog about absenteeism

How do germs spread in the bathroom and beyond?

Germs are commonly spread by cross contamination.  This is the process by which bacteria or other microorganisms are unintentionally transferred from one object to another, with harmful effect.  Watch our video to see how cross contamination can impact on your work environment.  I’m sure you would have noticed that a toilet flush can have a large impact on your bathroom with urine and feacal matter being spread up to 6 meters away.

What are some of the telltale signs that your bathroom is at risk?

  1. You will notice an unpleasant odour in the bathroom.  This odour is not always bodily waste but could be a byproduct of bacteria.
  2. Encrusted scale on the inside of your toilet and basins.  
  3. Urine, feaces and other bodily waste products found in deep recesses, flushing rims and outlets
  4. You may even hear complaints of more frequent illness around the office, including respiratory tract infections, urinary tract infections and diarrhea

You might be thinking, surely these things can be fixed quickly with the help of some chemicals and my daily cleaner?

The answer is unfortunately not. Often daily cleaners don’t have the right equipment, skill set or the right products to address the problem. To elaborate, they may be able to mask the smell with air freshener and clean surfaces and the inside of the toilet with general chemicals, but this is no match for scale buildup.  The equipment needed to get into recesses and crevices - where bacteria is most concentrated - is also not at their disposal.

So what does an Initial Deep Clean entail?

Initial’s Ablution Hygiene Treatment (AHT) is delivered by trained hygiene specialists to sanitise toilets, bathroom fixtures and surfaces. Patented bio-enzyme preparations, which are 100% environmentally friendly, are used to remove the buildup of scale, dirt and feacal deposits, and are compatible with septic tanks.

Initial is also the only provider to offer antibacterial fogging as part of their deep clean. Antibacterial fogging uses a high level disinfectant in an aerosol state. The aerosol droplets reach into every crack and crevice, and cover every exposed surface of your bathroom, penetrating the places daily cleaning just can’t reach.  Compared to manual cleaning, fogging is an extremely fast, efficient and water-wise service which significantly reduces the overall bacteria count in a bathroom, for safer, healthier environments.  Read more about the service and its benefits here

You might think it sound messy, it’s not.  This service is extremely  water wise as bio-enzymes are used instead of high pressure hoses; which can use up to 50 litres of water in 5 minutes.

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You will probably tell me that this fancy technology sounds expensive, it’s not.  In fact, in a recent blog post we prove that you can get a full hygiene solution, including a quarterly deep clean, for R2.40 per person, per day. This solution would also include other waterwise, complimentary services to the deep clean including toilet and urinal sanitiser, Ecocap for your urinals in the male bathroom and hand sanitiser to name a few.

If you aren’t sure that you have a problem in your bathroom but would like to get some peace of mind, you can always contact Initial to send in an expert consultant to come do a free onsite assessment.

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Lemay Rogers

Lemay Rogers

Lémay Rogers is the Marketing Manager for Rentokil Initial. When not contributing to the Initial blog, she is the custodian of all things Marketing for Rentokil Initial South Africa, and supports the Sub-Saharan African businesses. As a frequent traveller AND mother of a toddler, she is all too aware of how easily germs can travel with us, from one location to another and then back to our homes. Follow Lémay on Twitter and LinkedIn for practical advice on good hygiene practices, both at home and in the workplace.

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