7 Step Cleaning Process

This month we will look at the 7 Step Cleaning Process. This is basically an industry standard though one or two steps may differ in order depending on the facility specifications. This is an important process to follow. It ensures the person cleaning covers all areas and does not miss a step. 

Here is how we start:

  1. Knock on Door/ Place wet floor sign outside work area
  2. Empty trash and clean waste receptacle inside and out. Replace liner.
  3. High dust – Work counterclockwise around the room. High dust everything above shoulder level. Use extension pole for hard to reach areas.
  4. Damp wipe surfaces. Utilize all purpose cleaner, followed by a disinfectant for all areas except glass. Be sure to wipe down all high touch areas such as telephones, door knobs and light switches.
  5. Stock supplies – soap, paper towels, toilet tissue.
  6. Dust mop – Dust mop under all furniture, behind doors and move any items possible.
  7. Your inspection – Correct any deficiencies and report any repairs to plant operations. The reason for performing your inspection in this step is so you are not walking across your wet floor at the end of cleaning.
  8. Damp mop – Using a properly diluted cleaner, mop along the edges and into the corners then cut into the middle using a figure 8 pattern.

For restrooms follow the same procedure. Also when entering a restroom place your toilet bowl cleaner in the bowl and urinals first. Let sit and come back to clean when wiping down the surfaces. Use a bowl brush in the commode and do not use the same cleaning cloth on any other surface after it is used on the toilet bowl.


  1. For the removal of hard water deposits or stains on your porcelain or stainless steel, utilize a cream cleanser.
  2. For dusty porous drop ceilings use a backpack vacuum with brush. This will allow you to easily remove the dust without damaging the tile or causing debris to fall.
  3. I tell supervisors when performing inspections to follow the same steps, look at the trash can, then observe the high dusting, surfaces and floors.
  4. If you currently use a one step disinfectant, you still have to remove visible soil first before disinfecting.
  5. Make sure dwell times are followed for disinfectant use.
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