4 Ways to Ensure Washroom Safety and Cleanliness



A person washing her hand

Washroom is one of the most used yet underappreciated places in almost every office. Despite its importance, few people really understand the impact it has on the overall health and wellbeing of all employees.

Therefore, employees should not be forced to tolerate subpar hygienic levels in their office washroom. That gives a whole lot of bacteria a chance to propagate and thrive.

This isn’t that major a scare, and won’t kill anyone, but it can certainly start and spread the nasty flu or other sort of infection. Consequently, it will affect attendance numbers. This directly affects your company productivity.

To head those kinds of problems off, here are 4 cool things you can do to keep that washroom clean and safe.

1. Prioritise Hand Sanitation

The most common means of bacterial transmittance is through unwashed, unclean hands. While a bar of soap on the sink is usually enough, it’s easy for that bar to get lost. It easily slips and ends up on the washroom floor.

Worse, it passes through too many hands to remain entirely sanitary. Dispensers are a better way to go because they ensure measured releases and better hygiene as the product itself isn’t in direct contact with all those hands that use the soap.

Person washing his hand

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At Alsco, we offer the option of manual or automatic dispensers depending on the need for convenience. Additionally, we also offer the choice between antibacterial and hypoallergenic soaps as well as liquids, foams, or sprays.

All of these are customizable to your specific company needs. Naturally, these can be complemented by dryers and paper towel dispensers for a complete experience.

2. Clean That Throne

There’s a reason that people call the loo, the throne. Everybody spends a whole lot of time on it. That’s why a regular check of its state is extremely important.

Anyone sitting on it can easily transfer bacteria to the next person if it isn’t regularly cleaned up. Apart from the cleanliness issue, safety is another important point to ponder. Make sure to check those hinges regularly, as well.

To make ‘the throne’ a whole lot safer, provide disposable seat covers. These covers are a quick way to ensure that users are protected somewhat from bacteria. It’s no replacement for a thorough cleaning, but it does the job in a pinch.

A white hand sanitizer

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By putting a hand sanitizer dispenser nearby so users can easily get themselves cleaned when they step out of the loo, you are providing a more than satisfactory solution for the hygienic issues.

3. Control Those Smells and Odours

Cleanliness will always be on the forefront of concerns when it comes to the office toilet, but believe us when we say that odour control matters quite a good deal.

Not only does this affect levels of comfort, it can mean the difference between a great experience and a bad one. After all, who would want to suffer through bad washroom smells?

Fresh & Clean odour control

With Alsco’s Fresh and Clean air freshener products, you deal with odour problems very easily. Our Oxy-Gen unit is the first oxygen-based dispenser. This is a healthier option and is produced under the  GreenStar certification.

We even have unobtrusive, wall-mounted dispenser that will atomise and release pleasant odours at fixed intervals to ensure a fresh smell all around—not just the loo.

4. Be Safe Too

Lastly, slippages can be a very serious threat to safety. Spilt water, a freshly mopped floor, just the wrong kind of shoes can endanger a non-careful employee. This can lead to very serious harm or injury if proper precautions aren’t taken.

Investment in safety precautions doesn’t have to be all that costly. Especially if you decide on rent instead of purchase. Alsco offers managed floor mat rentals.

Alsco rental Wet Area Mats

For one thing, our mats are made from very reliable materials. These have been proven to be able to absorb up to 80% of dirt and dust. When it comes to water, it can either repel or absorb a decent quantity ensuring cleanliness and safety.

Our mat rental service also provides laundering and delivery to ensure complete convenience and comfort for you.

In keeping your washroom clean and safe, it pays to invest in even the little things that come together for an overall good experience. This will not only ensure a comfortable employee experience, but it will also keep you far from harm.

Alsco has—for the longest time—been the provider of a wide range of services and products to meet the needs of many businesses across a wide range of industries.

We offer full customization and you-specific personalization of services and prices to be sure we meet your needs exactly.

Give us a call today and we’ll be more than happy to talk to you about how to best maximise our plans for your company.

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