Seniors’ residences have their own unique set of cleaning challenges.
On top of being facilities shared by many people on a daily basis, their primary users often struggle with various health problems such as urinary incontinence, which can negatively impact their quality of life as well as the overall hygiene of the residence itself.
Generally speaking, the cleaning staff at a seniors’ residence has two key tasks: Cleaning for appearance and cleaning for health. Obviously, washrooms need to be visibly clean for user perception. But more importantly, cleaning must eliminate harmful microorganisms such as E. coli, hepatitis A, and norovirus, which are linked to outbreaks and the transmission of disease. Extra effort is always required in seniors’ residences because elderly people are often among those most vulnerable to contracting infections or diseases.
It’s important to always use the right cleaning product for the type of surface being cleaned. For example, air fresheners can only go so far when it comes to masking urine odours. In contrast, products that destroy the odour-causing bacteria right at the source will be much more effective and sanitary. Enzyme-based products are particularly effective at eliminating bacteria and their resulting stubborn odours. Because these products are designed to digest organic waste, cleaning staff no longer has to clean the same problem areas over and over again simply in an attempt to keep stubborn odours under control.
Urine is hands-down one of the most foul-smelling odours around. Although many people use bleach to get rid of urine odours, this solution will work only up to a certain point.
Instead, look for products that clean, disinfect and sanitize. Such products will actually kill the bacteria and eliminate the source of the odours (something bleach cannot do).
It goes without saying that a seniors’ residence requires a regular and rigorous maintenance program. Fortunately, a good maintenance program does not have to mean higher costs. When possible, use products with controlled dilution; it will maximize the product’s efficiency and minimize waste. It will also make the work of cleaning staff easier. Also consider using sustainable cleaning products. In addition to being environmentally friendly, today’s green cleaning products work just as well (if not better) than conventional products. They will also prevent the spread of germs while being safe for workers, residents and the environment alike.
Another good way to reduce the spread of germs and bacteria? Install hand sanitizer dispensers outside washrooms, in shared spaces and in public areas.
By adopting more efficient cleaning methods, you’ll see better results and save considerable time and money. Even better, you’ll be able to ensure that your residents are living in a clean and healthy environment.