In New Zealand and the world over, restaurateurs always took hygiene standards quite seriously. They were perhaps only second to surgeons.
Given the health implications related to poor sanitation, they had to.
But 2020 has brought a unanimous truth for all foodservice industry stakeholders.
The unfortunate reality of Covid-19 is here. Hygiene and sanitisation standards must now evolve to stellar levels.
Minimising instances of contamination while maximising sanitisation efforts is the only goal.
Restaurant customers are understandably wary. Eating out or even ordering-in is less fun because of fear. It is, therefore, more essential to focus on maintaining high-level cleanliness.
Aside from the health benefits, this is one way to instil trust and confidence in customers. This maintains a positive brand image for a restaurant.
Washroom cleanliness in a restaurant has a big impact on its bottom line.
Studies show that poor sanitation is almost never forgotten by customers. One viral image of a dirty restroom can irreparably destroy a restaurant’s public image. It is the main reason for low client retention rates.
A restaurant getting constant negative reviews about hygiene is bad. Potential customers may never pay them a visit.
Restaurant hygiene also affects the health and safety of employees. Cleanliness can build morale among them.
Maintaining hygiene is a commitment to your clients and your business success. To fulfil this promise, there are crucial tools and supplies you need. Here’s a list to help you keep your washroom clean.
Essential Hygiene Supplies And Equipment
Disposable gloves are for single usage. They can provide temporary protection from germs and various infections.
Diseases such as Covid-19 are quite contagious. They spread through touching contaminated surfaces. These include door handles, tables, seats and countertops. Once the virus is on one’s hands, it can reach the mouth, nose or eyes.
People can use disposable gloves for extra protection in the washroom. Especially when accessing different washroom items, areas and surfaces.
It is, however, important to emphasise this to customers. The disposable gloves should not be a substitute for handwashing. Using soap and water for at least 20 seconds is the best protection.
Disinfectant Surface Wipes
Hard surface disinfecting wipes are a must-have for restaurant washrooms and other areas.
They contain properties that can eliminate an array of contaminants. This includes viruses, bacteria, and fungi. This protection happens within 10 minutes or less of their initial application.
They also keep any new bacteria causing germs from forming on the applied surfaces. Hard disinfectant wipes are critical and preferred even in healthcare facilities. They can stop instances of cross-contamination and mass outbreaks. This is especially important for places with high human traffic.
Customers or employees can use them to clean and disinfect key areas. For example, washroom door handles, countertops, sinks, toilet flushers and even faucets.
Hand Cleaning Sanitising Wipes
Alcohol-based sanitising wipes are the next best thing to soap and water.
Hand cleaning sanitising wipes can help clients to quickly refresh. After powdering their noses, for example.
Always remind your customers of the value of frequent handwashing. Post simple signs all around the restaurant to encourage this practice.
Bin Liners & Garbage Bags
Bin liners or garbage bags are usually made of plastic, and used to line the inside of garbage bins.
They are lightweight and convenient. Use them to prevent the trash bins from becoming too messy with damp rubbish such as paper towels or wipes.
Bin liners are also useful in minimising odour and keeping the general area fresh. They also make the process of emptying the full bins very easy.
Trash cans are essential in any restaurant washroom.
People use tissues, paper towels and other waste materials in the bathroom. Every bathroom has to have some form of a trash receptacle.
This goes a long way towards maintaining cleanliness. It also maintains safety and proper waste management and disposal.
Toilet paper plays a huge part in enhancing personal hygiene. Access to it gives people a feeling of comfort and convenience. Customers expect washrooms to always have an adequate supply of high-quality toilet paper.
In a pilot study done by King-Casey, 100 restaurant-goers shared that they most prefer soft, absorbent toilet paper. The thin and waxy industrial type of toilet paper was the least prefered.
Restrooms act as a silent extension of your restaurant. So it’s important to incorporate customer preferences about this space.
Additionally, there’s a cost-saving benefit to providing high-quality toilet paper. Clients will need less toilet paper. There will be fewer cases of shredded waste paper strewn all over the bathroom floors. This is good for the environment.
Feminine Hygiene Products
Feminine hygiene products include personal care items such as:
- Sanitary pads
- Panty shields
- Menstrual cups
- Female wipes
- Period panties
In case of a feminine emergency, you should have these products in your restaurant’s washroom. This means not losing a valuable customer. They will not need to rush home or to the nearest store for help.
The added benefit to the customer is the ease of access. And freedom to enjoy their meals without distress. They will no doubt turn into a happy brand ambassador for your restaurant.
Feminine Hygiene Product Dispensers
Installed sanitary dispensers are for storage and easy access to feminine hygiene products.
To avoid the “freebie” temptation, businesses tend to instal coin-operated dispensers. This ensures that people only take what they need. It also discourages any instances of outside theft.
Coin-operated feminine product dispensers also allow businesses to offset their minimal operating costs. They may also turn a very modest profit.
Commercial Paper Towels
An essential element to hand washing is hygienic hand drying. Paper towels are actually a faster and much more hygienic method for this. Due to their single-use factor, paper towels keep people safer from washroom germs.
In fact, 75% of people have admitted that they would rather use paper towels than hot air dryers.
Paper Towel Dispensers
Paper towel dispensers make hand drying a convenient affair. They curb the spread of germs because wet or damp hands tend to attract germ causing bacteria.
Toilet Paper Dispensers
One of the worst, but most common restaurant washroom issues is the lack of toilet rolls. This can be tactfully avoided by instaling a jumbo holder. Restaurants may also use any other type of dispenser that can store a suitable quantity.
Commercial toilet paper dispensers have many convenient benefits to restaurant washrooms, such as:
- The capacity to hold bigger rolls or sheets compared to domestic dispensers.
- More sanitation, since they completely cover the toilet paper. This keeps it dry, clean and contagion free.
- A dispensing mechanism which filters how much tissue comes out. This minimises wastage and saves on replacement costs.
- A secure and convenient way to minimise theft, vandalism and pilfering.
- A more visually pleasing aesthetic. No more from loose rolls and discarded toilet paper.
- Improved user experience. Plus lower cases of running out of toilet paper, leading to happier customers.
There has never been a more critical time to emphasise handwashing than in 2020. But germs and viruses have been around longer than the unfortunate year of Covid-19. They are most prevalent during cold and flu seasons.
As a restaurant, you need to ensure that handwash soap in liquid form is available in plenty.
People frequently and unconsciously touch their faces, eyes, noses, and mouths. This is the fastest way to get infected by germs and viruses.
Bar soaps tend to get mushy and can be quite messy on sinks and countertops. Liquid handwash soap is the most convenient and hygienic option. It reduces the chances of germ exchange in a space shared by many people, including children.
Hand Wash Soap Dispensers
Hand wash soap dispensers are used to store and distribute liquid soap onto hands. Every restaurant bathroom requires a soap dispenser urgently.
Due to the reduced contact with the soap itself, soap dispensers reduce the spread of germs. Bacteria or viruses among people. They have other advantages such as:
- Keeping germs and other hidden germs from getting onto the soap.
- Keeping the soap safe from other hazardous chemicals, and even climatic allergens.
- Helping preserve soap for longer usage.
- Regulating the amount of waste by giving users enough liquid with just one touch.
- Being easy to refill and maintain.
- Helping to keep the washroom mess-free.
Hand sanitisers have a range of alternative names such as hand rubs or hand antiseptics. They are alcohol-based agents. People use them to remove common germs and other disease-causing organisms.
They are usually in a liquid, foam or gel consistency. In most cases, hand sanitisers are used where soap and water are unavailable. But they are a necessary addition to a restaurant washroom for cases such as:
- Customers using baby-changing stations. They can disinfect between diaper changes. They may at times want to handle the baby without wet hands.
- Customers with sensitive skin. Or skin that has been compromised by excessive hand washing.
Hand Sanitiser Dispensers
Hand sanitiser dispensers are reliable and proven tools against spreading germs and diseases. They minimise the touching and manoeuvering a person needs to do after using the toilet.
Automated hand sanitiser dispensers go the extra mile in preventing waste. They usually release a uniform amount per activation. These kinds of dispensers encourage usage from customers and children alike. They make it fun and simple, which means more people with cleaner hands.
Toilet Seat Covers
Toilet seat covers are disposable pieces of paper or plastic shaped in the form of a regular toilet seat. They can either be automatically or manually placed on the seat.
The main purpose of toilet seat covers is to provide a protective barrier. They keep the user from getting into contact with germs that may be hiding on the seat.
Restaurant washrooms are used by a high number of people. So toilet seat covers are a worthwhile investment. They are quite easy to use and flush down the toilet afterwards.
They also save on the cost of toilet paper, which people tend to use for the same purpose.
Toilet Seat Cover Dispensers
Toilet seat cover dispensers provide convenience and durability. They also contribute to restroom sanitisation, cleanliness and visual integrity.
Automated toilet seat cover dispensers are all the rage today. The main benefits of using automated versus manual dispensers are:
- Better germ protection and hygiene due to the hands-free element
- No accidental contact with the toilet seat
- No liquids seeping through unnoticed
- Less janitorial or maintenance costs
- Reduced cases of wastage caused by excessive toilet paper use
- Fewer clogged toilets
- Better customer and employee satisfaction
Baby Changing Stations
Baby changing stations are also sometimes referred to as baby changing tables. They are usually small, horizontally raised surfaces installed in washroom walls.
They are a necessary item in restaurant washrooms. Families tend to form the largest dining demographic. Without this convenient tool, a restaurant risks losing out on paying customers.
Installing a modern baby changing station in your restaurant washroom isn’t just convenient. It’s also safe for both parents and babies.
Not having a sturdy surface to put the baby could lead to injury. It also prevents contamination. Parents won’t need to place bags on the bathroom floor, counters or sink areas.
Hand dryers are used in many businesses or public washrooms instead of paper towels.
They can either be automated or manual. They are important to have in case paper towels run out. As mentioned before, germs and bacteria thrive in damp environments.
Toilet Brushes and Plungers
Toilet brushes and plungers are janitorial staples in every restaurant washroom.
The brushes are used to clean and disinfect the higher areas of the toilet bowl. Furthermore, a toilet brush can be a useful tool for a customer who needs to solve a “skid accident” on the bowl.
Plungers are also handy when there’s evidence of clogging in the toilet or in the sinks. They are usually the first step before calling a plumber.
Automatic Air Fresheners
Automatic air fresheners are sometimes called automatic deodorizer dispensers. They are pressurized tools designed to release pleasant, odour neutralising scents. They often do so within specific time intervals.
They are a staple for restaurant washrooms. Given the number of people who use them and their proximity to food, they are crucial.
It is nearly impossible (and certainly torturous) to have one person manually spraying in a busy washroom. An automated one can be set every 10 or 15 minutes. This also reduces the chances of overwhelming people with perfumed air.
Hand Washing Signs
This is a simple and less intrusive way to remind customers and employees about hand hygiene.
Today, there are thousands of free or custom-designed templates that you can use. You can even tailor the messaging to suit your business branding and tone.
Urinal deodorisers are small, brightly coloured and scented disinfectant blocks placed inside urinals. They come in various shapes and colours.
Their main purpose is to disinfect while reducing or masking odours in the washroom. They contain antibacterial agents to kill germs and reduce contamination.
They are placed right on the urinal drain, under small plastic traps known as urinal screens.
Urinal screens serve as holders for the urinal deodorisers placed within urinal bowls. They also stop the blocks from falling down the drain once they dissolve into smaller sizes.
Urinal screens capture the odours that come from uric salts present in urine. They are usually quite effective in maintaining freshness in men’s washrooms. No foulness in between scheduled cleaning.
Automatic Toilet Flushers
Part of washroom hygiene means flushing toilets after use. Automatic flushers greatly improve on washroom sanitation and regulate water waste too.
With motion-sensing automatic toilet flushers, there are some advantages. No more broken handles and angry reports from customers walking into unflushed toilets. They are also more handicap friendly.
Some valves can “sense” when a user is done and automatically flush. Others are positioned so that the user only needs to wave a hand over the sensor to activate.
Maintain the Highest Hygiene Standards in Your Restaurant With Alsco NZ
Restaurants must maintain a very sanitary environment in and out of their washrooms. This is the only way to guarantee both the health and safety of paying customers and employees.
Worried about getting it all done right? Consider Alsco’s Fresh & Clean Managed Hygiene and Washroom Rental Program.
Alsco’s washroom hygiene solutions are practical and efficient. And we still maintain an aesthetic appeal to your customers. Our soap dispensers, hand-drying systems, feminine hygiene and odour control elements are modern, sleek and stylish.
Our deep cleaning solution covers every corner of your restaurant washroom. We leave everything sparkling clean. There will be no room for bacteria to reemerge. We always maintain New Zealand business cleaning standards.
Get in touch with us today.