Customers bathroom – house cleaners question “Can I use the customer’s bathroom?”
Some people are funny about the cleaning lady using their loo. But if “I gotta go, I gotta go.”
Today on Ask a House cleaner we cover private vs public bathrooms and what to do when the house cleaner has to pee.
The House Cleaning Guru shares tips from house cleaner training. She suggests maids sanitize the customer’s bathroom if they use it and other tips.
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Hey there, I’m Angela Brown, and this is Ask a House Cleaner. This is a show where you get to ask a house cleaning question, and I get to help you find an answer.
Question: Customers Bathroom – Can I Use it?
“Is it okay if when I’m at the customer’s house and I have to use the bathroom really bad, Is it okay if I use the customer’s bathroom? Or do I need to wait until my shift is over and then I can go at a gas station or a restaurant or a fast food place?”
Answer: Customers Bathroom – Yes, You Can Use It With Permission
Okay, the answer to that question is, because you are a house cleaner you’re going to have more interaction with that family and that house, then, let’s say, a guy that comes in twice a year and sprays for bugs, or something like that.
You are more intimately involved in that family’s life.
Since they’re more comfortable with you, there are times that maybe you’re going to be there a little bit longer than someone who’s going to come in for a quick 5 to 10-minute spray job for bugs.
You’re going to be there for a couple of hours.
Maybe 2, 3, 4, 6 hours and during that time your body is going to speak to you.
Customers Bathroom Is A Call From Nature
If you’re staying hydrated which we encourage, you are going to need to use the bathroom.
Instead of stopping and leaving the customers house and going somewhere, you’re going to have to use their bathroom. Whether they like it or not.
But the good news is this: As a maid or a housekeeper or a house cleaner, you have cleaning supplies with you. If you decide that you’re going to use their loo, you have the chance then to wipe the toilet down after you’re done.
When you use the faucet, you can wipe the handles down so you that you’ve left no germs and no fingerprints and none of your personal germs behind. Unlike the repairman, you have the ability to sanitize after you leave.
Some Don’t Like Hired Help Using The Customers Bathroom
They may not like it, but if they bring it up… and we’ve actually had customers over the years that say, “We don’t like hired help using our bathroom. ”
Alright, well logistically, in a perfect world, I could go 6 hours without having to go. LOL!
But like I said, if you stay hydrated, which you need in order to complete your job, you’re going to have to go.
This is one of those weird conversations that no one wants to talk about and when it comes up, it’s kind of awkward. “Did you use my restroom?”
“I did. And then I sanitized everything when I was done. “ You can have a conversation with that customer about it, or you can just ask.
“Hey, I was hoping I wouldn’t need to, but I’ve got to use the restroom. Is that okay?” and usually, they’ll say okay. And if they say no…
They’ll Tell You Where The Nearest Lavatory Is
I’ve heard a lady in an apartment complex say, “There’s a public restroom at the end of the hall.”
And she says this to a repair guy that came while I was there while I was cleaning.
She wouldn’t let him use her restroom, but she let me.
and so, she sent him down the hall.
So, there are customers that are weird about that and you have to kind of respect the space they’re in.
Most People Understand The Common Need For a Commode
In the event that you need to use their restroom, just ask.
“Hey I’ve got to go, do you mind? I didn’t want to stop and run down the street or run down to the store to use theirs, but I will sanitize yours when I’m through so it’s clean for you.”
Most people understand the urgency and discomfort in with needing to go and not being near a water closet.
Rules for Using the Customers Bathroom – Ask. Use. Sanitize.
Alrighty, so that’s my tip for today. Until we meet again, leave the world a cleaner place, than when you found it.
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