A sparkling bathroom begins with a proper cleaning procedure and quality training! Click To TweetA dirty bathroom is the biggest of sins. Your principal can probably slightly overlook a little bit of dust, crumbs on a kitchen top or a bedroom that is not turned down, but there is simply no excuse for a dirty bathroom and toilet. Proper bathroom cleaning procedures for your housekeeping staff should be strongly emphasized, because this is the one area in the house where hygiene is of utmost importance and this is where you really want to impress and have all surfaces shiny and sparkly clean.
What are some areas to look at when developing a bathroom cleaning procedure for my housekeeping staff?
The importance of a schedule
Cleaning a bathroom is not an easy task. Consistency is key as it is an area that will be used lots and needs to stay hygienic – meaning that you will probably clean is very regularly. To help you with this, a clear and solid schedule is needed so you know when to do which tasks. Your schedule should consist of daily, weekly and monthly tasks so that you will always stay on top of everything. And do not be put off by the challenge: follow these handy tips below and before you know it you will be looking forward to turning bathrooms into a shiny haven!
Bathroom cleaning procedures for housekeeping staff
Firstly, remember that every bathroom is unique and different for every client, household, hotel or yacht you might be working on and you should treat cleaning of it with a unique approach. You should never fully generalise cleaning and know that different demands and styles will be required for different locations.
However there are some general rules and approaches when dealing with management and housekeeping of the bathroom that could be a helpful step to step guide to get you started.
- Always ensure any rubbish or items which do not belong in the bathroom are removed.
- The bathroom area should always go back to its ‘neutral state’. Therefore you should
always collect items which don’t below in there and gather them to return to their
- Look up! Often ceilings and corners are missed and this is typically where cobwebs
might grow. All light fittings and fixtures should be regularly cleaned and inspected.
- Be aware of special surfaces. Typically you will find marble, chrome and enamel in
bathroom and you should clean according to the surface.
- Toilets should be cleaned with care and with the correct products, as they are typically
an area where bacteria can gather. You should always wear protective gloves to ensure you get into all the nooks and crannies and don’t forget to pay special attention to the floor in front of the toilet where spills often occur.
- Clean the shower, using the correct products as per the surfaces.
- Clean the bath, using the correct products as per the surfaces.
- Clean the sink(s), using the correct products as per the surfaces.
- Clean the mirrors, using the correct products as per the surfaces.
- Ensure drains are clear from hair and other debris. If they have become clogged you
can buy specialist drain cleaner, but be careful as this is non ecological and can damage pipes.
- Be aware if the toilet is connected to a septic tank (country properties, yachts etc), as chemicals can damage the septic tank. You must take care that only human waste goes down the toilet, and no strong chemicals as it will kill the septic bacteria and this will be a costly exercise to replace the septic tank.
- Using a wet rag wipe under and across all the surfaces, including window sills, and any areas not covered above.
- Air the room.
How can training help?
A good training programme will give you lots of practise – which is exactly what you will need to become skilled at cleaning bathrooms to perfection. Tips and tricks like above can help you give an idea, but nothing beats getting stuck in and actually giving it a go.
A good training programme will operate in small group settings so that there will be plenty of time for everyone to practise, with lots of support and guidance from an experienced trainer in the field. Training will not only give you more practical skills, it will also boost your confidence in tacking the sometimes intimidating bathroom area.
Finally, training will give you a better understanding on how to organise and structure your clean so that it will not only be done to perfection but also as quick and efficiently as possible!
Polo & Tweed offer small group Housekeeping courses as well as tailor made private training for all abilities. Get in touch with us now to find out more!