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Health Department Inspection Flags Trash Room in Senior Center

Addressing Health Department Concerns: Transforming a Senior Center’s Trash Room

When a local senior center faced the daunting task of bringing their trash room up to health standards, they turned to us for an urgent solution. Health Department inspections demand cleanliness, and we were ready to deliver.

The Basics: Trash Rooms Should Be Non-Porous

While it might seem like common sense, the reality is that many trash rooms have walls, floors, and ceilings that are improperly sealed. This oversight can lead to failed inspections and, more importantly, compromise the overall hygiene of the space.

A Troubled Trash Room: Unsealed Surfaces and Improper Paint

The senior center’s trash room posed unique challenges. With drywall and concrete walls adorned with flat latex paint, the surfaces were far from non-porous. This particular type of paint not only lacked scrub-ability but also attracted soils, exacerbating the problem.

Surprisingly, the concrete floor remained improperly sealed, contrary to our recommendation. While our focus was on comprehensive improvements, the immediate concern was passing the impending Health Department inspection.

Our Strategic Approach to Salvaging the Trash Room

To rectify the situation and ensure the trash room met health standards, we implemented a meticulous plan:

  • Powerful Degreasing: We scrubbed the room with a potent high-foam degreaser designed to break down food-based soils.
  • Hospital-Grade Disinfection: Walls were disinfected using a hospital-grade disinfectant to eliminate harmful pathogens.
  • Neutralization: We neutralized the walls, adjusting the pH to a neutral level for a safer and cleaner environment.
  • Coating Application: To address the porous surfaces, we applied two coats of primer followed by two coats of 60% solids oil-based enamel paint. This not only enhanced the aesthetic appeal but also improved the room’s overall cleanliness.

Recommendations for Ongoing Maintenance

For sustained cleanliness and compliance, we proposed a comprehensive maintenance plan:

  • Regular scrubbing to remove soils.
  • Consistent disinfection of all surfaces.
  • Application of a penetrating sealer-primer to walls, floor, and ceiling.
  • Use of enamel or epoxy paint on the ceiling.
  • Installation of approved non-porous material, like Melamine, on walls.
  • Epoxy application on the floor.

Partnering with Scrub n Shine for Long-Term Success

As part of our holistic approach, we strongly recommended regular cleaning services for both trash chutes and the trash room. Our commitment extends beyond immediate solutions – we aim for sustained cleanliness and client satisfaction.

If your facility faces similar challenges, don’t hesitate to contact us. Let us be your partner in creating a cleaner and healthier environment.

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