Clean Your Cleaning Supplies
Cleaning supplies carry bacteria. It might not be something we think about a lot, but the products we use to clean need to be cleaned themselves in order to do their job better, last longer and save you money. This is true whether you’re working at a restaurant or other business or someone just cleaning your home, apartment or office. Every type of brush, broom, mop, bucket and other cleaning supply needs to be cleaned differently. The most important thing is to look at the instructions from the manufacturer or check out the company’s website for information on how to properly clean your supplies. Failing to do so could damage them, rather than help those tools last longer.
Most mops with looped ends can be tossed in a washing machine on a gentle cycle. DO NOT use fabric softener which can leave a film, reducing the mop’s ability to absorb liquids. Synthetic and blended fiber mops are the easiest to launder, but other fibers might be launderable, just read the tag. Mops that cannot be washed in a washing machine should be rinsed with warm water after each use. Allow all mops to dry fully before storage. Never dry or store mops on their fibers as that can cause damage or mold and mildew growth.
Some broom fibers will get damaged if they get wet, so it is extremely important to know what material your bristles are made of (like corn, synthetic or Polypropylene) and how to clean them. Always remove dust and debris from the fibers of your broom when you’re done using it. If it won’t damage the broom, rinse it and hang it with a tool holder to dry. Storing brooms on their bristles will cause damage. Do not use your broom if the bristles are wet.
Brushes should be rinsed and allowed to dry after each use. Do not soak them. Store brushes on their blocks, not their bristles, to prevent damages. You can learn more about brushes and what types of bristles can handle certain products by reading this blog post.
Buckets should be poured out and rinsed with an approved cleaning solution. Make sure they are dried fully before stacking and/or storing to prevent mold and bacteria buildup.
Similar to mops, most reusable cleaning rags or towels can be thrown in the washing machine. Again, you want to avoid using fabric softener.
Sponges are among the most germ filled areas in your home or business. The quickest and easiest way to clean and sanitize your sponges is to throw them in the dishwasher when you run your next load. If you don’t have access to a dishwasher, put WET sponges in a microwave on high for two minutes. Let them cool for a few minutes before picking them up to avoid burns.
Taking the time to properly clean your cleaning supplies will help prevent the spread of germs and keep your supplies cleaning longer!