Four Tips for Effective Disinfection in Restrooms

A clean, sanitary and healthy restroom starts with your toilets and urinals, and now more than ever before, disinfection of these common shared spaces is essential for curbing the spread of coronavirus. Follow these four steps to properly disinfect your toilets and urinals:

1. Prep the restroom.

First, gather all your cleaning supplies, including wet floor or caution signs, toilet bowl cleaners, disinfectant sprays, vinyl, latex or nitrile gloves, plastic pails or buckets and paper towels. All of these cleaning supplies in St. Louis are available in our online catalog, and our team is happy to recommend the best supplies for your needs. Contact us today if you have questions!

Protect yourself from germs and chemicals by donning the right personal protective gear, including gloves, a mask and eye protection.

Then, block the entryway to the restroom with your janitorial cart or place a “closed for cleaning” sign on the door. Don your gloves and safety glasses, then remove any objects around the toilet that may impede cleaning.

2. Tackle the toilet.

Put the toilet seat down, then flush the toilet. Squirt your toilet bowl cleaner under the rim of the toilet and let it sit while you clean the toilet’s exterior. Wipe it down with a disinfectant cleaner, but don’t use a sponge. Instead, opt for a disposable rag, paper towel or disinfecting wipe that won’t spread bacteria. Start cleaning at the top of the toilet, then work your way down. Don’t forget to disinfect the seat! Respect dwell times and let the solution sit for the correct amount of time to effectively kill coronavirus and other pathogens. Then, scrub the bowl with your bowl brush and flush the toilet again.

3. Clean the urinals.

Start by flushing the urinal and removing any blocks or screens, then squirt your bowl cleaner on the inside edge. Let it sit while you disinfect the exterior surfaces of the urinal, making sure to wipe down the flushing handle and pipes. Scrub the interior using your bowl brush, then flush it again. Add a new block or urinal screen to the bottom.

4. Clean up after yourself.

Wipe down external surfaces like the surrounding baseboards and walls, toss your rags, paper towels or disinfecting wipes and rise out your pail and bowl brush. Wash your hands well, then sanitize.

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