Sticky floors: The cleaner’s worst nightmare

September 19th, 2013 Category: Office Cleaning

When it comes to cleaning an office block, desks and computers will often be the first thing that springs to mind, but one of the most integral part of keeping staff happy is actually ensuring that they have functioning and pleasant toilets.

So when it comes to cleaning bathrooms in any building, it is important to make sure they are as fresh and well stocked as possible. However, a new survey has discovered that what people find to be among the worst crimes in toilet cleanliness might not be what you expect.

Most of us would probably expect that the thing staff dread most when it comes to paying a visit to the office bathroom is a lingering bad smell, but the questionnaire from Harris Interactive found that 93 per cent of people despise sticky floors even more, putting it at the top of the list.

Smells were not far behind, with 89 per cent of people mentioning this as being their biggest pet hate when it comes time for a toilet break. Meanwhile, coming across an unflushed toilet was also an issue for a great many, with 90 per cent saying they hated this in their office bathrooms.

Other issues that featured high on the list, and which cleaners would do well to pay heed to, included the likes of overflowing bins, mentioned by 88 per cent of those questioned, while paper towels or toilet paper on the floor was a bugbear for 80 per cent of people.

Perhaps surprisingly, only 67 per cent said they found the issue of there not being toilet roll in the cubicle as a major problem. Broken doors, dim lighting, graffiti, dirty fixtures and soiled toilet seats were all other things that cleaners should be looking out for when it comes to working on office toilets, the survey found.

It was also discovered that problems are noticed more often by women than men, and by older than younger users.