restroom cleaning step by step

Restroom Cleaning | Step by Step Guide

Step by Step Guide to a Clean Restroom

Be sure to note what protective equipment is required for each step.

Before we get started, make sure your cart is fully stocked with the right materials.


Let’s go!

Step 1: Safety

bathroom cleaning equipment

First, you’ll need to put on your disposable gloves.

Then, open the door slightly and announce yourself.

If the restroom is not empty, close the door and place the restroom closed sign to the side of the door until the person exits the room. If the restroom is empty, hold the door open with a door stopper and bring the cart inside if you are able. Be sure to place your restroom closed sign
in the doorway.

When cleaning, start at the door and move around the room either right to left, or left to right, for each step. This will help ensure nothing is missed.

Observe the room for broken items, spills, bio-hazards, or anything that should be taken care of or reported, before you start your regular cleaning.

Step 2: Disinfecting

Lightly spray disinfectant on the sinks, urinals and toilets, and the surrounding areas. This is the only step where you will spray
the surface directly rather than spraying a cloth or paper towel. Allow the recommended dwell time
for proper disinfection.

Step 3: Stocking

restocking bathrooms

Next, you’ll begin stocking materials and fill as needed. Make sure battery-operated dispensers are
properly working, if not, replace with new batteries.


  • paper towels,
  • soap dispensers,
  • toilet paper,
  • seat covers.
  • Check any sanitary boxes

and replace with clean bags if needed. This is not considered bio-hazardous waste and is disposed in the regular trash on your cart. If there are items in the bottom of the container, use a tool to grab the items. Never reach inside. Some sites will also have sanitary product
dispensers to be checked and filled.

Step 4: Dusting

There are three steps to dusting a restroom-

  • First, use the high duster to clean all vent covers to ensure proper air circulation.
  • Second, spray the blue micro-fiber cloth lightly with disinfectant and dust all horizontal ledges that are below 70 inches.

You will also use this cloth to spot clean areas like trash cans, door handles, push and kick plates, and underneath the hand-drying stations. Be sure to clean fingerprints and smudges off walls and partitions.

  • Third, use the extension duster to clean the baseboards in the entire room except under the urinals and toilets. If the pipes and pipe covers are exposed under the sink, they should also be dusted.

Resource: Where Does Dust Come From

Step 5: Sweeping

sweeping bathrooms

Next, you will use an angle broom to sweep the restroom.

Start behind the door and sweep the floor along the edges, out from the corners, behind the toilets and underneath any trash containers to move any debris to the middle of the room. Pick up the debris with your dust pan and place in the garbage on your cart. Never use the trash container in the restroom.

Step 6: Polishing Fixtures

You will now need your yellow janitor gloves to clean the restroom fixtures; including sinks, urinals, and toilets. You’ll keep your disposable gloves on and put your yellow gloves over top to ensure you are protected throughout
the cleaning process. You are now ready to clean the sinks.

Use cold water to wet the yellow and white sponge and bowl of the sink. Apply a dime-sized amount of cream cleanser on the white scratch pad side of the sponge and scour the inside of the bowl. Rinse the area and the sponge, then return them to the container on your cart. You’ll finish the bowl by wiping out any residue with a paper towel.

Next, grab the blue microfiber cloth and spray with disinfectant. Use this to polish the faucet handles
and spout. Then wipe down the rest of the area including counters, back splash and the inside of the sink. Make sure everything is completely
dry and shiny, and faucet handles are uniform. When finished, put the blue cloth
in the laundry bag.

cleaning bathroom

Now you’ll clean the mirrors.

Spray a paper towel with multi-purpose cleaner and wipe around the edge of the mirror, starting at the top and going
all the way around. Then wipe side-to-side, overlapping to the
bottom. Look at the mirror from different directions and make sure there are no spots or smudges.

If the restroom has urinals, you will clean that area next.

First, flush the urinals two times to make sure they are fully rinsed. Remove any screens then, while holding them
over the urinal, spray them on both sides with disinfectant and place them on a paper towel on the floor. Next, apply a generous amount of cream cleanser to your green scratchpad and scour the inside of the bowl of the urinal.

Start underneath the rim, scrubbing back and forth and down into the drain hole. Then flush and rinse until all cream cleanser is gone. After the area is dry, place the screens back inside the urinals. Now you’ll grab your red microfiber cloth and while holding over the trash can receptacle on your cart, spray the cloth with disinfectant. Start with the flush handles and pipes, then work your way down the outside of the urinal, including the back wall behind and around the area.

Next you’ll move on to the toilet area.

Apply a generous amount of cream cleanser to your green scratchpad. Toilets should be flushed three times to ensure
they are fully rinsed. On the third flush, when the water is at its lowest, use your green scratch pad with a
generous amount of cream cleanser to scour the inside of the bowl.

Start under the rim and scrub all around the inside and down into the drain hole. Flush and use the green scratch pad
to help rinse the bowl. Be sure to hold the scratch pad tightly so
it doesn’t get flushed down! After the bowls are cleaned, spray the red microfiber cloth with disinfectant. Start by wiping any handrails, then wipe the flush handle and pipes, and then the back wall behind
and around the area. Down the outside of the toilet.

When finished, leave the toilet seat in the upright position for inspection, then place the red cloth into the laundry bag.

You can now disinfect your janitor’s gloves.

Holding your hands over the trash receptacle on the cart, spray one glove completely with disinfectant then the other glove,
until they are completely saturated. Rub your hands together all over
and in between the fingers. By disinfecting the outside of the gloves, it helps ensure no cross contamination when you use the gloves again.

To remove your gloves, pull at the fingertips of one glove to slide if off your hand, then do the same for the other hand, careful to not remove your disposable gloves. To help keep your gloves together, place them next to each other and roll the cuff of one glove over the other then place in the container on your cart.

Yellow janitor gloves can be used many times, but if you see a tear or hole you should replace them with a new pair as they are not protective in that condition.

Important Resource: Sam Rodman’s Instant Office Cleaning Kit

Step 7: Trash

Next you will remove the trash.bathroom trash

Tie the top of the trash liner, lift it out, and place it in the trash receptacle on your cart. Liners must always be replaced in a restroom, even if there is nothing inside. Apply a new liner, making sure it’s snug around the rim and the bottom is resting on the bottom of the container. Be sure to put the trash can back in the same location where you found it.

Step 8: Quick Check

At this time, you’ll want to inspect the area for the work you’ve done so far.

Start at the entry door and make your way
around the room in a circle, checking for any areas you may have missed.

Look for things like spots on the mirrors, hairs in the sink, debris on the floor, and fingerprints on stall doors. Be sure to inspect with both your
eyes and nose! Areas can look clean, but if they don’t smell clean, then the area is not clean.

Step 9: Mopping

The lasts step in the cleaning process is to mop the floor using the approved mopping system and green mop head, which is for restrooms only.

Begin mopping at the entry door, starting behind the door so that area is not forgotten. Similar to dusting, you’ll go around the
edges of the floor first. You’ll them mop the entire area using a figure-eight pattern, starting at the back of the room walking backwards towards the entry door. As you are mopping, the mop should always be in front of you and you should not be walking on any wet area; it is unsafe and you will also leave footprints.

When finished, remove the mop head and place in the laundry bag.

After exiting the room, place the caution wet floor sign in the middle of the doorway.

Now you can remove your disposable gloves as before.

Step 9: Finish Up

Finally, after cleaning a restroom you must wash your hands thoroughly. Please do not use the sink in the restroom
you just cleaned because it needs to be ready for inspection.

Hands should be washed with plenty of soap and warm water.

Scrub for at least 20 seconds and be sure to get up past your wrists, between your fingers, and under your fingernails.

Good hand washing is the best defense against germs, bacteria, and illness!

It will take the floors a bit to dry, so you can move on to your next project while you wait. After some time has passed, go back inside the restroom

and check to see if the floors are completely dry.

When it is ready, the sign can be removed and the restroom reopened.

A restroom may account for a small area of the building, but it can be a large concentration of germs and bacteria. Your work in keeping the area clean can make a big impact on customers and is essential to maintaining a clean and safe environment.

Each building is unique, so be sure to reach out to your supervisor about your site-specific needs.

restroom cleaning step by step

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