- September 21, 2020
A janitorial closet that is well organized and kept clean provides a clue that your janitorial company is doing its job properly. But, the type of equipment and supplies you find inside your closet can uncover the real reason you’re not reducing employee absenteeism.
Is your janitor closet unorganized? Are bottles not labeled? Are rags thrown all over the place? Do you see dirty string mops and contaminated buckets? Is there a “dirty” laundry bag to keep new and used towels separated? Does you company have disposable microfiber towels in the event your workplace has reported sick employees?
Look in your janitor’s closet for three signs of inadequate disinfection and or cross contamination(i.e. the spread of germs):
1. String mops and buckets – There are very few uses for string mops in outpatient healthcare facilities. String mops can spread massive amounts of germs around (see study below) when used for routine floor cleaning. String mops can be replaced with inexpensive, EPA recommended, bucket-less flat mops that virtually eliminate cross contamination.
2. Soiled rags, wet string mops, buckets with standing water should not be found lying around or hanging in your janitor’s closet (they are breeding grounds for germs). Soiled cleaning cloths and mop heads should be stored in closed containers and laundered properly after each use. Cleaning cloths and mop heads should not be hand washed on-site and re-used.
3. Find out the name of the disinfectant your cleaning company is using (please look in your janitor’s closet). Every chemical in the closet should be labeled (OSHA regulations) and should have a corresponding safety data sheet (SDS). The cleaning company should be using a disinfectant that has been approved by the EPA for use against the coronavirus. The list can be found here: