Dirt on an Aeroplane

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It is 2015, increasingly more passengers are choosing to fly to their destination choices. Although it feels like flying is becoming more affordable to many, there is also a perception that it is a luxurious mean of transportation. Even if you are sat in the economy cabin.

This is probably why we were star-struck to discover that the cleanliness status quo of some aircraft does not match their high-class status. When it comes to cleaning, it goes to show that “good quality cleaning has no class, it is either present or not present“. Cleaning has stages; surface cleaning and deep cleaning. Surface cleaning is a cleaning solution mostly carried out for aesthetic reasons (quick fix). Surface cleaning will suffice if it’s carried out after every use of the property or facility. However, surface cleaning does not go beyond the surface. Where surface cleaning will not reach, deep cleaning covers. Deep cleaning removes dirt from the hideouts and the surface.

We would like you to be aware of what it means to clean properly. High-class facilities do not necessarily benefit from high-quality cleaning, except if a good quality cleaning team was appointed the role. When choosing your cleaning company, you are right to expect a high cleaning standard, knowing what to expect from your high standard cleaning company will help you to access your choice of appropriately.

DIRT IN INCONSPICUOUS PLACES – THE AEROPLANE TOILET

Let us assume we are inspecting an aircraft toilet, below are a few pictures showing areas of the toilet that are easily missed out during the course of cleaning. Although this is an aircraft, the principles of cleaning remain the same. The general principle of cleaning dictates that dirt should be removed and the job of a properly trained professional cleaner is to be able to identify and remove the dirt hygienically.

THE DOOR LOCK

Possibly the most germ-filled part of the toilet, because every user uses the lock switch. They must be cleaned and sanitised adequately.

The locking knob on the aeroplane is probably one of the smallest components on the plane, this makes it easy to ignore while cleaning
The locking knob on the aeroplane is probably one of the smallest components on the plane, this makes it easy to ignore while cleaning
WALL PANEL GAPS

Gaps lead to the back of things, where more dust generally hides. Since the gap serves as the entrance to the dirt hideout,  it only makes sense to keep the entrance clean (frequently). This will discourage extreme dirt and grime build up in the gaps behind the panels.

Dust trapped in panel gaps
Dust trapped in panel gaps
TOILET SEAT AND SURROUNDING AREAS

All toilets suffer from splash stains which end up becoming dust traps if the toilet is not adequately cleaned.

Waste water splash is an issue with any used toilet. Splash from flushing or improper use allows waste liquid to spread. This only mean cleaning must also cover the wider areas.
Wastewater splash is an issue with any used toilet. Splashes from flushing or improper use allows waste liquid to spread. This only means cleaning must also cover the wider areas.
HAND PAPER STORAGE CREVICE AND SURROUNDING PANEL

Most users reaching for the hand paper towel will have just washed their hands. Soapy water drips down as they reach, the wet surface becomes an attractive spot for dirt.

Aeroplane - Paper towel slot, waste water dirt trap
Dirt traps are likely to have built up as passengers lean to collect a hand paper towel, waste water drops from our hands into the crevice.
CORNERS AND EDGES

Just like above, Any wet surface will attract dirt especially if the liquid is not plain water. Splashes from mopping, urinating, hand washing, flushing etc,  should be considered during each scheduled cleaning.

Dirt pile mixed with moisture in the aeroplane cabin.
Dirt pile mixed with moisture in the aeroplane cabin.
DOOR VENT FINS
This vents are found on the toilet wall panel to prevent pressure difference in the toilet. They looked like they have not been cleaned for a long time.
These vents are found on the toilet wall panel to prevent pressure difference in the toilet. They look like they have not been cleaned for a long time.
CIRCULATION AIR VENT
aeroplane air vent
Another air vent on the aeroplane not cleaned often.

We hope that this article gives you great insight into “how to choose a thorough cleaning company” to oversee the cleaning requirements of your facility.

CLEANING INSPECTION

If you currently have a cleaning provider and wish to improve the quality of cleaning you receive, we would advise you to apply the points above to all areas of your property by carrying out a cleaning inspection. This will help you to identify the areas you are not pleased with. Document your findings and communicate your findings to your cleaning supplier for improvement.

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