Careful How You Clean Your Toilet Partitions

Toilet partitions are havens of privacy for commercial businesses and need to be clean and sanitary for your customers. If you're using cleaners that can damage the stalls, then you're cutting the life of the bathroom partitions and creating havens for mold, bacteria and potentially rust.

Abrasives Can Damage Finish and Metal

Do you ever have those stains that take forever to get out? When vandals or "bathroom artists" decide to attack your bathroom partitions, you might be tempted to grab an abrasive cleaner or scrub brush and go to town, but you're doing more harm than good. If you have a metal partition, then you could create scratches. If the toilet partitions are painted or have a protective covering, then that can be scraped off and leave your bathroom open to contamination and it will be an eyesore.

Be Careful with Bleach

While metal and some plastics are fine with using light bleach in cleaning solutions, others can be ruined. Some plastics can become discolored and even warped because of bleach. The stronger the concentration of bleach increases the chance for a potential reaction. It's also not good to use on metal as it can cause it to oxidize. The chances of oxidation increases the longer the metal is exposed to the bleach over time.

Don't Even Think About Acid

Industrial cleaners are designed to get out just about everything. They're so strong that people can be seriously injured if they don't take the proper precautions when cleaning. Muriatic acid is a tough cleaner, but it's not something you want to use on partitions. Acid based cleaners will eat through and break down bathroom partitions. They'll corrode your stainless steel. They'll stain and discolor your plastic partitions.

Ammonia is Only Good for Metal

Cleaning products with light ammonia, can be used on metal partitions, but never on plastics. Heavy ammonia cleaners should be avoided at all costs, especially in bathrooms. If ammonia is mixed with urine, it can create a noxious gas. When used on partition walls, it can cause extreme discoloration.

When it comes to cleaning bathroom partitions, it's best to stick with hot water and mild dish soap. It cleans well and doesn't break down the protective coatings or finishes on the partitions.