When cleaning commercial toilets, can you use disposable toilet wands? Let’s look at some solutions and the reasons we chose these toilet brushes.
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Cleaning Commercial Toilets
Cleaning commercial toilets are a little different than cleaning household toilets on a regular housecleaning job. One caller had this question, “I clean a commercial building that’s got urinals in it. Can I use that Clorox Wand to clean the urinals?”
Firstly, let’s look at Clorox Toilet Wand. This is a disposable Toilet Wand that you use and it has disposable heads on it. And you use it when you go inside a toilet so that you don’t have to touch the toilet.
So, for people that are super scared of toilets and the germs and all that stuff, the Clorox Toilet Wand is awesome. It has a little disposable head on it and you pop this on the disposable head and then you scrub the toilet.
Don’t Use the Clorox Toilet Brush for Commercial Toilets
So, can you use it for commercial cleaning and for urinals? It’s probably not a good idea. Not even for professional house cleaners. But, if you are a homeowner and you are scared of cleaning your own toilet and your toilet is bad, it’s an awesome product for you.
Homeowners love the product; and usually, happy with it. But here’s where it doesn’t make sense for a commercial cleaner or a professional house cleaner to use, this box comes with six refills. It comes with a little caddy; it comes with the wand itself and it comes with six refills.
This retails for about $11. And so, what you’re going to get out of that, basically, is six toilet bowl cleanings for $11. So that’s not really cost-effective if you’re going to clean commercial bathrooms or clean professionally as a house cleaner.
You Want Heavy Duty Products for Commercial Toilets
So, if you’re cleaning commercially, you’re going to be using a product that is a heavy-duty toilet cleaner. Not something that just fits on the end of a wand that’s going to give you a little bit of scrubbing power.
So, you need to think about the urinal. You are at a public place, so you’re going to have to wipe the whole thing down. You’re going to have to sanitize it, you’re going to have to make sure that there’s no junk in there. And what I recommend is actually a toilet brush that has a brush on it for up underneath the rim of the urinal.
So whether it’s a toilet or a urinal, this is going to allow you to get way down into the depths of the toilet. It’s going to let you get around the inside of the rims so that you can get all the gunk that’s in that public toilet out.
A Disposable Wand Isn’t Going to Be Worth it for Commercial Cleaning
So, a disposable wand is not going to be a good use of your resources. And it’s going to be clunky. Because with a commercial account, you have a cleaning caddy that has your cleaning supplies. Are you going to stop and get a new toilet sponge to use on every urinal? Are you going to be cross-contaminating?
Are you going to use one for several toilets? Are you going to use a different one for every bathroom? How many bathrooms are there in the facility that you’re cleaning? There are a lot of questions and what it comes down to is it’s probably not the right tool for that application.
And so, it would be a good idea to keep all your supplies on-site so that you’re not bringing these in with you every time. Because the Toilet Wand by itself is going to be kind of clunky. And that’s one supply. You have all your cleaning supplies, cleaning tools, mops, brooms, and burnishers too.
You Can’t Have a Toilet Brush at Every Commercial Toilet
So, there’s a lot of stuff, keep it super simple. Having a toilet brush that you use at one facility might be your best answer. Now in professional house cleaning, it’s recommended that every client has a toilet brush at every toilet. However, that’s not going to be logical in a commercial building.
That’s not going to happen. Oftentimes you never see a toilet brush at all except inside the cleaning cupboard or the cleaning closet. And so, you are going to be bringing a toilet brush with you but usually, that toilet brush is used on all the bathrooms at the same facility.
And so very different than in a customer’s home where they have one at every single toilet. And the reason for that is you don’t want to be dragging a toilet brush from room to room in a customer’s house. Because you could be leaking anything from the toilet on the customer’s floor.
House Cleaners Carry a Toilet Brush
As house cleaners, you actually carry a toilet brush that comes with a holder. And there’s a brush and there may be one inside your cleaning caddy and it’s brand new and it’s never been used. And in the event that you get to a customer’s house and lo and behold there’s no toilet brush, you have a brand new one that you can leave with the customer.
Now you left it there and now there is one for you to use next time you come. So, there are ways to do that. But as far as a commercial account, the toilet wand is not the right tool.Resources
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