Your care home toilets and bathrooms determine the cleanliness of a care home. We always assume that the bathrooms and toilets don’t require cleaning, but in the real sense, if we do not clean our toilets and bathrooms, we are making our care homes living conditions uncomfortable and hard. People think cleaning the toilets and bathrooms is a waste of time but, with the proper cleaning techniques, our cleaning becomes easy and fast.
Care home bathrooms and toilets are used for different purposes for the elderly such as easing themselves, taking showers, brushing their teeth, and also dressing. During these activities, the toilets and bathrooms collect dirt such as hairs, body dirt, toothpaste stains, and many other kinds of dirt. Therefore, bathrooms and toilets require thorough care. Care homes need extra care as the elders are easily exposed to infections and other diseases due to low immunity; therefore, we need to be cautious about our care homes.
Care home bathrooms and toilets need extra care, and that care includes disinfecting them always.
How do we disinfect our care home restrooms and showers?
Our care home toilets require regular disinfecting to prevent the spread of infections and contamination. That is why we are encouraged to take part in disinfecting all the time.
Requirements for taking care of your toilets and bathrooms
A scrub sponge
Bathroom and toilet cleaners
Waterproof rubber gloves
Towel or cloth
All-purpose disinfectant spray
Steps for disinfecting
First, protect yourself as disinfecting requires you to touch and expose yourself to specific chemicals .consider using gloves during your care for the toilets and bathrooms. Always start by reading the instructions provided on your manual before using the chemical to understand and avoid mixing them and making poisonous substances. Below are types of disinfectants:
Limited disinfectants – used for specific microorganisms
General disinfectants-they are used for general microorganisms
Use the right disinfectants for the right purposes following the right steps. Also during your cleaning ensure to use the right amounts of the disinfectant. While cleaning gives the toilets and bathrooms thorough care and pays attention to your cleaning all through the cleaning process.
Steps on how to clean care home restrooms
Start by making sure that you empty the toilets and open the toilet windows before you
proceed with your cleaning.
Remove any debris, ruins or hairs around the toilet sink, toilet, and floor.
Empty the toilet bins and get rid of the used garbage can liners before replacing them with clean ones. Replace your old tissues with new once and also stock them with paper towel dispensers if they are not stocked.
Start cleaning the surface of your toilets following the provided procedure:
Apply a toilet cleaner to your bowl and leave it for a few minutes to soak
Clean the exterior of the toilet using a scrubbing sponge
After cleaning your exterior use, a toilet brushes to clean your bowl.
Dry any water spills if any after cleaning the toilet.
Steps to taking care of your care home bathrooms
Bathrooms harbour a lot of dirt as after the elderly are done taking their showers. They will use their bathrooms to dress for the day.
To clean your care home bathroom consider:
The sink is mostly used for brushing teeth; therefore, it contains toothpaste dribbles. It also contains other types of dirt and grime.
To clean the sink, use all-purpose bathroom cleaners and also consider the use of homemade cleaners. Clean sink fixtures and rim with a disinfecting spray cleaner. Buff your fixtures and rim with a clean, dry cloth.
The tab and shower
The tab and shower surfaces contain the following dirt bath oil, soap scum, hair products and soil. Mildew, moisture and mould also are known to hide in the showers and tab fixtures.
Use all-purpose cleaner for your cleaning. Apply the cleaner on your tab and showers and let it set as you clean other parts of the shower. Scrub the surfaces using abrasive scrubbing pads.
Rinse your surfaces with clean water and dry them with a clean cloth.
Taking care of the care home bathrooms and restrooms are very important as it prevents the elderly from contamination and diseases; therefore, it is good to make sure we pay attention to these places always.