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Washroom Maintenance Quick Tips

Washroom Maintenance Quick Tips:

Toilet Tissue and Dispensers

  • Retrofit dispensers for coreless tissue. If single-roll tissue is preferable and greater capacity is desired, install (or retrofit existing) dispensers for coreless bath tissue. It lasts longer and produces less waste because there are no cardboard cores to dispose of. 
  •  Jumbo rolls are ideal for high-traffic washrooms. One jumbo roll of tissue can provide as much tissue as nearly five standard rolls. For more tissue, select a dispenser that holds two jumbo rolls.
  • To prevent run-out, select dispensers that are translucent or contain a see-through window.

Paper Towels and Dispensers
  • With folded towels, opt for a dispenser with a universal opening. These dispensers can accommodate multiple types of folded towels. 
  •  The level of traffic and your maintenance schedule should determine whether folded or roll towels ore most appropriate. Roll towels offer greater capacity but janitorial staff must wait until they run out completely before replenishing. However, folded towels can always be added to the dispenser, filling it to maximum capacity during each maintenance cycle.
  • Roll towels offer hands-free dispensing--with or without batteries. With battery-free units, users simply pull one towel out at a time from a roll of towels that are arranged in a concentric circle.
  • Communicate restocking procedures. If C-fold towels are installed upside down, it can be virtually impossible for users to pull a towel from the dispenser.

Hand Dryers
  • Perform regular maintenance on hand dryers. Depending on the traffic in a restroom and the amount of particulates in the air, you'll want to clean and inspect the hand dryer every 6 to 12 months. Cut the power to the unit, remove the cover, and use either a vacuum or brush to clean the inlet grill. Check the motor brushes at this time as well.
  • Hand dryers are ideal for vandal-prone washrooms. They eliminate paper towels and the clogged toilets that result when vagrants flush them.
  • In high-traffic applications that aren't noise sensitive, consider high-speed hand dryers. By comparison to standard warm-air hand dryers, these higher-velocity models can cut hand-drying time in half.

Partitions
  • Investigate ceiling-hung partitions. When planned for at the onset of a new construction project, ceiling-hung partitions can be ideal in low-vandalism applications. They make it easier to keep floors clean because there are no stiles to mop around.
  • Use overhead braced partitions in vandal-prone areas. They are both cost-effective and durable. 
  • Train cleaning crew on which cleaning agents should be used. Ordinary cleansers call sometimes scuff the finish on a baked enamel (metal) partition; maintenance persons should never rub the finish in one area excessively to remove graffiti. Stainless-steel partitions need to be cleaned with a stainless steel cleanser, and plastic laminate and phenolic partitions should be down with a nonabrasive cotton cloth and standard furniture wax.
  • Look for stainless steel with textured patterns. Manufacturers have now resolved how to get the look of stainless steel without the appearance of fingerprints, and users couldn't be more thrilled.

Soap and Soap Dispensers

  • Consider foam soap. Because it takes less soap to lather hands sufficiently, users dispense less per stroke. Expect to buy less soap when you make the switch to foam.
  • Wall-mounted dispensers offer more capacity and are easier to refill See-through windows make it easy for maintenance staff to see when soap is low.
  • If design is critical, opt for counter-mounted dispensers.
  • Don't skimp on the soap. Users are willing to pay a premium for luxurious hand soap for their homes; the same standards apply in prestigious commercial restrooms.
  • Inform cleaning professionals about the automatic soap dispenser's indicators. Low-battery and low-soap indicators signal when refill or replacement is necessary. If applicable for the model installed, make sure cleaning professionals know to hit the reset button after refilling.
(Source: Jana J. Madsen at Buildings Magazine)