Imagine going into an upmarket restaurant bathroom and finding dirty taps, some kind of mess on the wall, and the floor covered in toilet paper. Chances are you won’t be going back there again.
If your workplace toilets are dirty, visitors are going to get a similar impression. It doesn’t matter whether you are in the legal profession, finance, fashion or IT – a dirty restroom means you don’t care about your business or your clients’ wellbeing.
How unclean bathrooms affect your staff
Not only visitors, but your employees are also affected by a lack of hygiene in the workplace restrooms. A UK report by the Centre for Economic and Business Research found poor office hygiene was costing £13.7 billion annually. This was due to illness after picking up an infection from dirty surfaces, but also from workers having to wash dishes before they could use them, as well as time spent waiting for a clean toilet cubicle to become available. Office cleaning on a daily basis radically reduces these problems.
From the bathroom to the keyboard
Left uncleaned, an office can become a stockpile of infections. Faecal material from the restroom can easily find its way onto shared desks, door handles and keyboards. Although everyone says they wash their hands after going to the bathroom, research has found otherwise. An American Society for Microbiology survey found that although 97% of people say they wash their hands, only 67% do. By keeping the restrooms clean with an office cleaning service, you are helping to stop the spread of bugs.
Something in the air
Office toilets can have bacteria such as streptococcus, staphylococcus and E. coli, plus cold and flu viruses, hepatitis and the dreaded methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). And guess what? These microbes are not just living down in the bowl. Every time a toilet is flushed it sends an aerosol of water and microbes into the air, spreading out in all directions. Any surface in its path becomes covered with what most of us misguidedly think is safely trapped within the cistern. Get everyone to close the lid before they flush, and have toilets on a regular cleaning schedule.
Cleaning services put a shine on your business
Traditionally, when families are expecting visitors the first thing they make sure is clean is the toilet. Similarly, when your business plays host to clients and other guests, you want to make sure that you show yourself in the best light.
Cleaning your office toilets is not something that you should leave to chance. Getting commercial cleaners to put a shine on your restroom also puts a shine on your business.