Keeping public restrooms clean at all times is essential to prevent health hazards and deter vandalism. Restrooms have many different parts that require effective cleaning and the less obvious ones are easy to overlook. Cleaners may focus on the toilets and floors, but particles carrying bacteria can easily be transferred to the partitions and handles during regular use, hence these need to be cleaned regularly as well. Neglecting partitions can leave the restroom looking grubby, unhygienic and uninviting.
Partitions are manufactured using a variety of materials, and the cleaning agent should be chosen carefully to suit the material. Using harsh or inappropriate cleaners can damage the stalls, shorten the life of the partitions and create a haven for mould, bacteria and rust. Abrasives cleaners and pads can damage the finish of partitions and scratch off the painted or protective covering, leaving them open to contamination.
In most cases, a warm, water-based mixture with a mild detergent or soap is all that’s needed. The use of bleach should generally be avoided, as bleach can cause plastics to become discoloured, and metals to oxidise.
Compact laminate is an ideal choice for toilet partitions because of its high durability, design and easy installation. They are manufactured under high pressure and temperature and can be used in both vertical or horizontal applications. Compact laminate board lasts for 10-20 years and the thickness can be adjusted according to the quantity of kraft paper sheets.
It requires very low maintenance and any types of dirt can be easily washed off with soapy water. Use warm water, household cleaner and a non-abrasive cloth to remove stains.
Solid plastic is another common choice and is made using a high-density polymer. For tougher stains, a non-abrasive industrial cleaner can be used. A DIY cleaner can be made using half a cup of common household detergent, two-thirds of a cup of trisodium phosphate, and four litres of water. Ammonia should not be used on plastic as it’s likely to cause discolouration and strip off any finishes and protective coatings.
Plastic laminate is made with particleboard that is given a plastic laminate finish. For stubborn stains, use a cleaner that contains acetic acid. Laminate partitions should not be hosed down as they can absorb too much water, which could result in them losing their lamination. Once again an occasional coat of wax will help keep the laminate looking new.
Always rinse with clean, warm water after cleaning and make sure to dry off thoroughly – leaving partitions damp could result in water damage or stains.
Cubispec manufacture and install a commercial toilet and shower partitions Australia wide, and we pride ourselves on the quality of our design, manufacturing expertise and customer care. Working with architects and designers we create toilet and shower cubicles that function beautifully and provide lasting style and elegance.
Cubispec partition systems are available in a wide range of colours, materials and finishes for both shower and toilet cubicle construction. Our mounted and overhead braced partition systems offer strength, durability and easy cleaning combined with fresh, clean lines and vibrant colour contrasts.
Contact Cubispec by emailing us at [email protected] or call us at 1800 951 235 to discuss your specific project requirements.