Clean vs. Hygienic Restrooms — Know the Difference

Take aim at the pathogens that thrive and spread easily on restroom surfaces.

Health and Wellness, Cleaning, Cleaning Supplies, Facilities Management

Do you know the difference between a clean restroom and a hygienic restroom?

To keep restrooms hygienic, every facilities team will want to think through a series of questions: 

  • How often should the restrooms be cleaned and disinfected? 
  • To what degree will the restrooms be cleaned and disinfected? 
  • What surfaces in the restrooms require a specific process to clean and disinfect, and what value will that add? 

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) explains that proper disinfection can only take place when the surface is first cleaned. Simply spraying a disinfectant on a soiled surface and wiping it up doesn’t eliminate pathogens. 

In addition, pathogens such as the novel coronavirus can live for hours or days on different surfaces. See this chart compiled from the New England Journal of Medicine, for example:

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In addition, some furniture and design elements in restrooms can be more challenging to clean. Plants and flower arrangements, particularly faux ones, can also pose cleaning challenges.

If you can’t easily and properly clean it, don’t put it in the restroom, says Jennifer R. Gordon, public health liaison and science translator with Clorox Professional Products.

Here are a few other facts and tips for ensuring a wellness-inspired restroom.

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