How to Clean Toilet Partitions

Public bathrooms takes a lot of planning including the design layout, using precise measurement, selecting the right faucets and other hardware, as well as picking material that is attractive, sturdy, functional, and easy to clean.

It is important to keep in mind that the work does not end, even when the last of the toilet partitions have been installed.  Knowledge of proper cleaning and maintenance is vital to ensure the longevity of the material and also to provide a level of sanitation that bathroom users have come to expect.

However, the cleaning procedures are dictated by the type of material that was used on the stalls and other fixtures.  For instance, let’s focus on the cleaning of various types of material used for toilet partitions.

Solid plastic partitions

This is one of the most common materials used in toilet partitions particularly because they are very easy to clean and the fact that they are resistant to water and rust.  

Scratches on solid plastic partitions can be eliminated by holding a warmed spoon against the scratch and then rub the back of the spoon over the starch to remove it.  However, to avoid scratches, do not use steel fleece during the cleaning process.  

One of the best cleaning solutions to use on solid plastic partitions is an easy home-made product that includes one (1) gallon of water, ½ of mild detergent, and 66% of trisodium phosphate (TSP).  Apply this solution with a soft cloth or sponge, rinse off and then dry the surface.

Plastic laminate partitions

These toilet partitions are created from molecule board and then topped with a plastic laminate covering. The cleaning process for these types of partitions is fairly easy – especially for light cleaning were stains are minimal. In fact, all you will need is a light cleaning detergent and a soft sponge or cloth.  However, for more suborn stains, a stronger cleaning agent may be necessary.  For best results, the important tip here is that the cleaning agent contains acetic acid.

Drying is a very important part of the cleaning process for plastic laminate partitions because if excess water remains on the partitions, the covering will become damaged.  Therefore, during the cleaning process, it is advised to use a damp cloth that is wrung out.  Do not spray a hose on the partitions or use excess water and it will cause more damage and serve the portion of leaving you with a clean and sanitized partition.

Solid phenolic partitions

This type of partition is constructed from several layers of Kraft paper that has been saturated with resin and it is then formed into shape under extreme pressure.  The benefit of these is that they are resistant to water; therefore, you can spray water directly from a hose to clean minor dust and stains.

For more challenging stains, such as crayon or lipstick, a typical cleaner should be good enough to get the job done.  If not, combine some baking soda with water and use a delicate bristled brush to remove the stain.

For stubborn stains, use a cleaner that contains acetic acid, but do not use an abrasive detergent or a bleach based cleaner.

Graffiti (spray paint) will only be removed with a cleaner specific for this purpose.

To keep these types of toilet partitions looking like new, it is advised to occasionally apply furniture wax to the surface.

Stainless steel partitions

Stainless steel toilet partitions are another common material used because of their durability.  Also, they are non-corrosive due to the thin layer of film outside the metal.  

As for daily cleaning, use damp not overly wet cloth with an ammonia cleaner that has been diluted with warm water to wipe down the partitions.  Rinse away any soap residue.

For cleaning specific stains:

Grease: use a combination of ordinary cleanser, kerosene solvent, and water.

Mineral deposit: Use “Ajax” or another type of abrasive cleaner.

Buildup of dirt and grime: Use a cleaner specific for steel surfaces.

A few other points to keep in mind when cleaning stainless steel partitions:

  1. Always rub with the grain of the material to avoid scratching the surface.
  2. Avoid cleaners that contain acid, bleach, or alkali (such as cleaners specifically used for tiles or toilet bowl).
  3. Do no use steel wool or abrasive scrubbers on this type of material.

Powder-coated partitions

This type of toilet partition is also durable and resistant to rust.  Prior to being framed and solidified, powder coated partitions are made with sheets of steel that are covered with zinc.  First off, it is advised to apply a layer of wax over this type of material as it will keep the surface smooth.

For everyday cleaning, a simple mixture of mild detergent and warm water is recommended.  A soft cloth or sponge should be used for application of the cleaning solution, then rinse the partition with water so that the detergent is totally removed from the partition.  Grease stains should also be lifted when this cleaning process is used.

For stubborn dirt stains on powder coated partitions, removed the excess dirt with a paper towel or soft cloth prior to following the everyday cleaning process.

Removal of spray pain used in graffiti will only be removed by a specific graffiti cleaner for powder coated partitions.  Most cleaners used for spray paint removal are not used on this type of material; therefore, it is important that the correct cleaners is used for the powder coated partitions.

Final Word on Cleaning Toilet Partitions

Remember, regardless of the material used on the toilet partitions, heavily abrasive detergent should be avoided as it will eventually damage the material and possibly make the material look faded and dull over time.  As a general rule, delicate cleaners are always a more logical choice.

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