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Behind the Scenes:The Daily Struggles of Public Restroom Cleaning Staff

  • December 20, 2023
  • 6 Min Read
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Behind every gleaming façade of public restrooms lies a workforce of unsung heroes – the cleaning staff. From scrubbing away stains to battling unpleasant odours and enduring daily exposure to disease-causing germs, their work goes beyond what meets the eye. This article, therefore, focuses on the challenges faced by these dedicated professionals and explores effective solutions to improve their working conditions and ensure a cleaner and healthier restroom experience for all.

1. Heavy Foot Traffic and Increased Use

Public restrooms experience heavy foot traffic, especially in busy locations such as airports, shopping malls, places of worship, and stadiums. The increased use leads to quicker dirt and grime build-up, making it a challenge for cleaning staff to keep up with the traffic.

Solution: Adopt a dry restroom setup featuring elevated partition walls and doors to facilitate easier and faster cleaning. By keeping the floor area clear of water, dust, and dirt, cleaning staff can easily and efficiently navigate the space, saving time and effort.


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2. Difficult Stain and Odour Removal

Public restrooms are prone to stains and persistent odours due to the nature of their usage. Urine stains, soap scum, and other stubborn stains can be a challenge to remove, while lingering odours can create an unpleasant restroom experience for cleaning staff and users.

Solution: Restroom stalls and cubicles with laminates offer a practical solution to the common challenges of stains and persistent odours in public restrooms. Laminates have a stain-resistant surface, creating a protective barrier against urine, soap scum, and other stubborn stains. The smooth and non-porous nature of laminates makes them easy to clean, requiring minimal effort from the cleaning staff. Additionally, laminates have a non-absorbent surface that helps control odours, ensuring a fresh and more comfortable restroom environment.

3. Tackling Vandalism and Misuse

Vandalism, intentional damage, and misuse of restroom fixtures and equipment pose significant challenges for cleaning staff. Broken dispensers, graffiti, and deliberate acts of destruction can disrupt restroom operations and increase maintenance efforts.

Solution: Implement preventive measures such as surveillance cameras, frequent inspections, and well-placed signage to discourage vandalism. Additionally, incorporating anti-graffiti restroom cubicles and urinals can provide an effective solution against scratching and spray-painting acts of vandalism. For example, Greenlam offers anti-graffiti toilet solutions infused with thermosetting resins that enhance their resistance to vandalism.


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4. Safety and Health Concerns

Public restrooms pose a significant challenge for cleaning staff due to the risk of disease-causing germs and pathogens. These harmful microorganisms can thrive on surfaces and pose a health hazard to both the cleaning staff and restroom users.

Solution: Installing laminates with anti-microbial properties in restrooms can contribute to better health and hygiene as they help inhibit the growth of bacteria and reduce the spread of germs, creating a cleaner and healthier restroom environment. Moreover, laminates with easy-to-clean surfaces make it easier for cleaning staff to maintain a high standard of cleanliness, promoting better health and hygiene.

About Greenlam Sturdo

Greenlam Sturdo, one of India's leading providers of restroom solutions, offers a remarkable range of products that redefine the concept of functional and aesthetically pleasing restrooms. From meticulously crafted bathroom cubicles, partitions, and wall panels to specially designed features for the physically disabled, Greenlam Sturdo's indigenous technology ensures exceptional performance even in high traffic areas and challenging climatic conditions. To explore our extensive range of restroom solutions or discuss your specific requirements, contact us at our toll-free number 1800 833 0004 or email us at

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