Basic sanitary cleaning
The hour of truth
Basic sanitary cleaning gets to the bottom of stubborn dirt in bathrooms and toilets and removes
it. In contrast to most weekday maintenance cleaning, basic cleaning
is generally done at larger
intervals and only for certain occasions.
When are cleaning teams needed for basic sanitary cleaning
tasks? In schools and preschools, this type of thorough cleaning
is done during vacation so that children start the next school or
preschool year with clean toilets. Swimming pools are cleaned at
the beginning or end of the outdoor season. Sanitary facilities in
hospitals, assisted living, and nursing homes are often intensively
cleaned to eliminate the most stubborn dirt in the hardest-to-reach
places – often upon every change of patient or occupant, but not
Intensive cleaning is also the established
practice upon completion
of building construction so that the user finds thoroughly
clean rooms upon first use. The same applies when objects are
for example when the owner or renter changes.
rooms in the industry – rooms that are under continuous
stress daily – also receive regular basic cleaning. The main
is that intensive public use requires regular sanitary
The goal of basic sanitary cleaning has always been to remove
stubborn, visible dirt such as cement residue, oil
or grease stains,
natural oils from skin, or lime scale. Mineral
stains such as urine scale or also manganese, gypsum, rust or
that are related to tap water, likewise require basic
at regular intervals. Water quality and/or pipe materials
such as iron, lead or copper can also require thorough cleaning.
cleaners contain acids; this means that the surfaces
to be treated must be waterproof and acid-resistant. The same
applies to ceramic flooring,
sanitary ceramics like washbasins,
shower partitions, toilets and urinals as well as stone tiles in
entrances. Before beginning
to work, material tests should be
Where must acidic basic cleaners be avoided?
They may not be used on acid-sensitive surfaces such as plastic
toilet seats, on lime-based materials such as marble or artificial
stone as well as on calcareous natural and artificial stone.
The same is true for granite because it contains minerals like
iron that can oxidize. This can cause the stone to rust and show
Cleaning surfaces in sanitary blocks that are not acid-resistant
requires much more time because more products must be used for
basic cleaning. This increases the danger of confusion and thus
requires well-trained employees. Mineral deposits such as lime
or rust are time-consuming to remove with acid-free products.
Using mechanical aids on sensitive materials can shorten the
handling time, but create the risk of damaging or destroying the
surface. Abrasive cleaners make surfaces rough and porous, which
favors re-soiling. This is often visible from scuff marks after basic
with scouring powder or abrasive pads on porcelain,
or chrome fittings.
Care of cement seams and aluminum surfaces
The RK list includes cleaning agents that have been proven to be
compatible with ceramic surfaces and seams when used correctly.
In general, cement mortar joints are lime-bound material
disintegrates with very acidic product solutions. The lime-bound
material no longer holds and is washed out of the compound
The goal of basic sanitary cleaning has always been the removal of
stubborn, visible dirt. Before beginning the work, material
tests should be carried out. Photo: Dr. Schnell
GLOBAL CLEANING | ISSUE 2018 13