UNILEVER PROFESSIONAL
DISINFECTING TIPS TO MAINTAIN PROPER SANITATION AND HYGIENE IN TOILETS

The typical way to gauge an organisation’s cleanliness is by looking at the restroom. Toilets are breeding grounds for bacteria and a source for cross-contamination. They are a place where contagious diseases could potentially spread by touching commonly used surfaces such as taps, sinks, paper towel dispensers, doors and soap dispensers.

There is a difference between cleaning and disinfecting, which are performed with different cleaning products. Cleaning refers to the removal of visible surface contaminants, usually with soap, water and enzymatic detergents or with sophisticated cleaning machines.

Disinfecting on the other hand, refers to killing a high percentage of germs on a surface or rendering them incapable of reproducing. Disinfecting is the most important part of restroom cleaning. It is also the part that many cleaners often miss out or perform incorrectly.

Here are some important tips to keep your restrooms clean while preventing the spread of germs.

Understanding Disinfection Basics

Did you know it is important to read the usage instructions on disinfectants to make sure you are using them correctly? For example, it is crucial to know:

  • Does the product require dilution before using?
  • Should you saturate the surface for optimal results?
  • Does the product need to sit on the surface for some time before removing it?


To maximise the effectiveness of your chosen disinfectants, you should read the instructions printed on the packaging to understand how they work. A thorough understanding of hygiene and disinfection is extremely important in cleaning, where trained manpower is often a challenge.

How Often Should I Disinfect?

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I DISINFECT?

To keep toilets fresh, clean and protected against bacteria, daily restroom cleaning is very important. The type of facility and amount of traffic in the restroom usually indicates how often the toilet needs to be cleaned.

Toilets should be disinfected at least once a day. Toilets and restrooms can be potential health hazards, if not disinfected regularly. There are some parts of the restroom that need to be addressed more frequently than others. The toilet seats and tap handles should be sanitised everyday with an antibacterial cleaner. The restroom mirrors, sinks and taps should also be disinfected regularly to remove germs.

Disinfecting high-touch Areas

DISINFECTING 'HIGH-TOUCH' AREAS

It is important for high-touch areas to be sanitised properly to prevent the transfer of germs from one person to another. A great exercise for your cleaning crew would be to list all the touch points in the restroom that need to be disinfected every time they are cleaned. Disinfecting toilet flush handles, toilet seats, tap handles, paper towel dispensers, and soap dispensers is imperative as they experience a high amount of hand traffic.

Choosing the right product to sanitise the exterior of toilet rims, seats, lids, tanks and bowls is extremely important to kill germs.

HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT PRODUCT FOR THE JOB

Choosing the right product to sanitise the exterior of toilet rims, seats, lids, tanks and bowls is extremely important to kill germs. Be sure to check the label for the recommended standing time and antibacterial cleaning properties.

Domestos Multipurpose Thick Bleach eradicates all stains and odours quickly and effectively so your customers can enjoy a clean and fresh bathroom.

Handy Andy Multipurpose Cream is a multi-surface cleaner which is a fast cleaning formula that leaves sparkling clean surfaces. It helps to remove bathroom dirt and scum.

Handy Andy Multipurpose with Bleach kills 99.9% of germs and viruses, leaving your bathroom surfaces sparkling clean while removing tough dirt.

Handy Andy Window & Glass Cleaner leaves windows, mirrors and shower doors streak-free in 10 seconds.