How do we prevent cross-contamination?
Use a specific microfiber mop color for each room. Unlike traditional cotton mops, microfiber flat mops take up little space and can be stacked so you may use a mop for every room. Never take the mop that we just used in the restroom and bring those germs out into the general areas and hallways. Clean the bathroom, take off the mop, put it in your laundry bag, and start fresh with a new microfiber mop as we move into a new area. This will make sure whatever the germs are in a particular area are contained.
So why not just use a clean cloth or mop of the same color?
I recently implemented a color-coding system at a local university. I was explaining to the group you should never use a red towel outside of the bathroom. Somebody asked, “Why don’t you just use a clean red cloth?”
I told the team that you may be using a brand new clean red cloth to clean a water fountain in the hallway, but a person may have just seen you using a red cloth cleaning a toilet or a urinal. We don’t want the person that is observing the situation going to your supervisor complaining that you used the same cloth to clean the fountain right after you cleaned the bathroom. They have no idea you changed to a clean cloth and will assume the worst. We need to keep up the color-coding procedure to ensure our customers that we are cleaning properly.
But my team will be resistant to change…
I have done color-coding microfiber training many times, and it’s not always easy breaking the employees’ cleaning routine. I hear comments like “you don’t know what it’s like cleaning 25,000 square feet a night. We don’t have time to worry about the color towels we are using.” As I try to sympathize with the employee, I explain the potential of spreading harmful germs from one area to another. I let them know as they get used to the system, they will feel more comfortable, and it will get easier as they break the usual routine. Eventually, the team will appreciate and embrace using new microfiber cloths for each room. It is more sanitary for them too.
Clean smarter, save lives. That should be the rallying cry of every aspect of your facilities maintenance team. As a janitorial equipment supplier, our wholesale microfiber cloths and towels are designed to make cleaning easier for everyone.
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