When it comes to cleaning your bathrooms, a string mop or bulky machine seems to be the default choice. Both are ineffective, and neither does a particularly good job. There are niche areas within a washroom which need to be dealt with but are often missed using the regular methods. So, what is the solution to immaculate bathrooms?
37% of bar visitors, 27% of nightclub visitors, and 25% of restaurant-goers have experienced dirty bathrooms.
Our research suggests that large, bulky machines can miss up to 34% of the floor space, leaving areas open to contamination and general unpleasantness. However, the distaste towards your washroom area doesn’t stay there. It can be surprising to learn how big of a direct impact your restrooms have on customers’ perceptions, but with over half of UK adults being either unlikely or very unlikely to return to a venue where they have encountered a dirty bathroom, an overlooked washroom can sway public opinion just as much as excellent food and service can. An American survey also revealed that 86% of US adults equate the cleanliness of a restaurant’s restroom with the cleanliness of its kitchen.
In a world where Loos of London (a TikTok sensation who reviews London’s restroom facilities) has gained over 412,000 likes, your entire reputation may rest on the cleanliness of your toilet. Do you want to take that risk? We wouldn’t.
But it’s not just about whether you're cleaning these areas; how you clean them and the equipment you use also has an impact. It’s no secret that if mops aren’t cleaned and disinfected, bacteria can spread. This is something that you want to avoid in washroom areas, as these bacteria can cause nasty odours and spread diseases. The obvious use of dirty mops when cleaning would influence almost 60% of people to view a business negatively, which is no surprise when you explore the consequences of string mops throughout the years. Research conducted in a hospital setting showed that cleaning using a string mop spread significant contamination throughout.
The longevity of these tools is also counterproductive for washroom maintenance, as they need to be replaced after 15– 30 uses. When they start to disintegrate, don’t fall into the trap of believing that it’s because you’ve done such intense cleaning. Bacterial decomposition causes them to fall apart. Yes, you heard that right; the bacteria you have collected is eating away at the fibres. With conventional string mops, no bacteria are killed (instead, they are spread around), minimal dirt is removed, and you’re no closer to clean floors than you were when you started. The dirty liquid you see in the bucket is being smeared across the floor meaning that as the water evaporates, the dirt remains on the surface.
Within an hour of normal use, there were 500,000 bacterial cells per square inch on the bathroom surfaces, on average.
Do you still think this is an effective way to clean your floors? We don’t. So, we invented a solution.
MotorScrubber are a UK-based brand that have pioneered bathroom cleaning for over 15 years. With new, innovative products, you can now tackle the areas missed and neglected by the larger scrubbing machines. Our compact cleaning machines with powerful 360rpm mean that dirty, disappointing bathrooms are a thing of the past. Don’t spread dirt, remove it. To transform your washrooms and get people talking about their shine, please visit MotorScrubber.
* You can also view this article in the Washroom Hygiene supplement of Tomorrow's Cleaning.