How clean are your toilets? Here's how to find out!
December 8, 2014 By Willem Flach
How Gross Is Your Office Toilet and Shower?
Our findings are that they can be pretty bloody gross!
With the exponential increase in people commuting to work by bike, we have found that the cleaning of change rooms and bathrooms has now become increasingly important in office cleaning here in Melbourne.
Most restrooms and toilets sparkle on the surface but does that mean they’re clean?
A great way to find out is to use a black light. – Click here to order your FREE black light torch today.
Here’s the bad news – unless your cleaners are highly trained in the use of the right chemicals and enzyme cleaners, your office toilet will always be teeming with bacteria.
Professor Chuck Gerber, also known as Dr Germ, is a toilet expert. For the last 20 years he's visited, tested and rated the best and the worst of them.
"The germiest rest rooms are actually airplane toilets because it's so hard to wash your hands in there. They're small and you've got basically 50 to 75 people per toilet," he says.
(How many people use your office toilets?)
Leaving the seat down?
The big problem with toilets is that not everything that goes in stays in! So does having the seat up or down make a difference when you flush?
All it takes to demonstrate how flushing can turn your toilet into a bacterial fountain is some food colouring and a piece of paper covered in water-sensitive strips. However you can also use a black light torch. Order yours here
Cleaners often wipe the toilet seat down but often neglect the surrounding tiled areas. This can be a huge problem in child care centres where often young children are struggling with toilet training.
A great way to detect if your cleaners are wiping down the tiled areas around the toilet cubicle is to use a black light. Order your FREE black light torch
Black light is also known as ultraviolet, or UV, light. UV light, simply, is light with a frequency higher than violet visible light. However, it’s not necessary to learn physics right now.
Black light has many applications. For example, most money bills and some documents have markings that are visible under black light only, to prevent counterfeiting. UV light is used in the medical field for sterilization and disinfection purposes; even drinking water is often disinfected under UV lighting. Tanning beds use black light to stimulate additional Vitamin D production in your skin, eventually creating a tan… or cancer.
UV light is also used in art to create drawings visible only under UV lighting. Body fluids, such as blood, urine, and semen, are easier to detect under UV light; for this reason, UV lights are used in crime scene investigations. Have you ever seen a purple toilet? It’s so the staff can see where one has urinated over the edge.
See where this is going? Urine literally glows when exposed to the black light. Even long after urine has dried, its scent-creating chemicals will still be visible, thereby making urine stains (including older ones) easy to find.
What type of black light devices should you use?
Many types of black light devices are available on the market, with varying prices and sizes. The most popular are bar-type lamps, which use fluorescent UV bulbs, and small LED flashlights. Order yours here for free!
Although light strength can vary from make to make, LED lamps are generally stronger.
To order your own FREE black light torch simply click this link and we will have one sent out to you!
How do you find urine using a black light?
You now have the equipment, and you are ready to investigate a crime. It’s as simple as point and look, but following are a few tips to improve your search.
It will be easier to find urine if you dim the light in the room.
All you have to do is determine whether what you are seeing looks like something else. Generally, you are looking for yellow splatter or individual spots. On vertical surfaces, you are likely to observe a single drop that has run down the wall before drying out.
TOP 4 REASONS TO CHANGE CLEANERS
- They are not delivering what they promised.
- I don’t know if I can trust the onsite cleaners.
- The cleaners aren't spending enough time at our premises.
- The agreed job specs are not being done.
HOW TECHNOLOGY IS CHANGING CLEANING
Bluetooth technology allows you complete control & transparency over the cleaning process. Our cleaners are tracked and are therefore accountable for the quality of their work. We use Bluetooth technology and 'beacons' to ensure they spend the correct amount of time cleaning your premises.
BENEFITS OF BLUETOOTH TECHNOLOGY
- Confirmation that cleaner is spending correct time cleaning.
- Confirmation that cleaner is completing specified cleaning tasks.
- Transparent process enables feedback, improvement, and value for money.