Public places like restaurants, grocery stores, and gas stations are rarely as clean as they appear to be, often hiding millions and millions of germs. And this is not because it’s impossible to properly clean public places.
It’s because most places make tons of cleaning mistakes.
Mistakes that leave potentially life-threatening pathogens everywhere - from the dining tables and ketchup bottles to the floors and utensils. Unfortunately, this can infect customers and becomes hotspots for spreading sickness.
Below you’ll find 7 cleaning mistakes public places make - that you need to keep an eye out for.
The most important thing when it comes to cleaning cloths is to replace them after EACH and every use. Now, this sounds obvious, but more often than not, when a restaurant worker wipes down a table, they tuck that same cloth back into their apron and use it again for the next table.
Quickly, that cloth gathers with germs, gunk, and crumbs that spread throughout the restaurant with each use. These germs can also spread to the employees' hands - the same hands that are carrying your plates of food.
As such, it’s essential to have a constant flow of freshly cleaned towels to be used with each and every use. Or a sanitization tool that doesn’t spread germs, but instead keeps them trapped.
#2 Not using the right disinfectant
Most public places don’t invest in great cleaning products. Rather, they buy a knock-off watered-down disinfectant that leaves germs and bacteria behind - spreading undetected disease throughout the restaurant.
And even if the cleaning staff uses high quality disinfectant, it’s often not enough to kill pathogens at the source. Instead, the pathogens are simply moved from the table to the cloth, which often goes to clean another table, spreading them and starting a vicious cycle.
#3 Not replacing face masks after a shift
Face masks are a great way to trap airborne pathogens that may infect others. However, over the course of a long shift, masks can gather quite a few pathogens.
Just like cleaning towels should be replaced after each use, a mask should also be.
Otherwise, it’s just home to the build-up of bacteria ready to spread around the restaurant at its first opportunity.
Restaurants, grocery stores, and other public places should also have a supply of disposable masks for employees to regularly replace.
#4 Only cleaning at the end of the day
If you’ve ever tried to scrub a pan after a build-up of grease, you know how difficult it can be. Germs are no different. With each passing hour, germs keep building up more and more, and they’ll spread all around the restaurant.
If you wait to clean everything at the end of each day, the build-up of all the germs and bacteria from a long day in the kitchen becomes harder and harder to get rid of.
Cleaning throughout the day not only keeps the workspace (and customer space) clean, it also makes sure your employees are not rushing the cleaning process.
#5 Infrequently cleaning common touch points
Common Touch Points (CTPs) are exactly that: high-contact surfaces that are frequently exposed to bacteria from many different people. CTPs need extra care and should regularly be cleaned thoroughly to reduce the risk of bacteria transmission.
In restaurants, CTPs that workers often neglect include salt shakers, ketchup bottles, and menus which get passed around from customer to customer. In grocery stores it’s often door handles and produce. One of the worst common touchpoints too watch out for is actually gas station pump handles
By failing to clean them regularly, common touch points remain covered in potentially dangerous pathogens that can easily spread and infect you and your loved ones.
#6 Mopping the floor
Mopping the floor is really inefficient. And, it turns out, it doesn’t even disinfect well. One study published in the American Society of Microbiology Journal found that mopping actually SPREADS germs that cause illness.
Yes, this means that most floors in restaurants and grocery stores are covered in bacteria and germs.
#7 Not disinfecting cleaning products
This is the biggest culprit of them all. Have you ever seen an old bottle of cleaner that was sticky to the touch with gunk that someone still used to clean another surface?
The cleaning products - especially those that directly come in contact with high-touch surfaces, must be cleaned just like salt shakers, menus, and ketchup bottles need to be.
If they don’t, they become breeding grounds for bacteria, spreading to both customers and employees.
BioFoam is the only way to protect yourself from these deadly pathogens lurking in public place
With so many public places making these mistakes, you must be wondering whether it’s even safe to go out to eat at all.
While restaurants, grocery stores, and gas stations are breeding grounds for spreading pathogens, there are a few simple things you can do as a consumer to protect yourself.
The best way is to simply have a BioFoam Wipe on hand. Combined with EPA disinfectant, you can quickly trap and kill deadly pathogens hiding nearby. In less than 10s you can spray and wipe an entire area, keeping you and your loved ones safe.
No longer will you have to worry about deadly pathogens hiding if public places (that you expect to be clean)!