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Baby Changing Station Cleaning

In 2016, the United States Congress passed Public Law No: 114-235, which requires restrooms in a public building to be equipped with baby changing facilities that the General Services Administration (GSA) determines are physically safe, sanitary, and appropriate. One of the greatest design concepts of modern baby changing tables and stations is that they typically feature some sort of protection technology that penetrates the cell wall of microbes, such as bacteria, mold, or mildew, that can cause product deterioration, stains, unwanted odors, and contamination. If your establishment attracts customers with small children, your public restroom must provide a sanitary means of changing diapers while preventing disease transmission with a baby changing station cleaning routine.

National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education Guidelines:
• Diaper changing areas should be physically separated from food preparation areas or surfaces used for other purposes (5.4.2.4)
• Baby changing stations must have impervious, nonabsorbent, smooth surfaces that do not trap soil and are easily disinfected (5.4.2.5)
• Changing tables should be nonporous, kept in good repair, and cleaned and disinfected after each use to remove visible soil and germs (5.4.2.6)

Janitorial staff and employees responsible for cleaning restrooms cannot simply rely on the protection technology to keep customers safe from disease-causing bacteria. Many baby changing stations include built-in sanitary liner dispensers that are biodegradable and reliable for limiting surface contact. Baby changing station cleaning is most effective when you use products that specialize in cleaning the specific material of your station, including heavy-gauge steel hinges, mounting supports, as well as high-density polyethylene or stainless steel finishes.

Although they are designed to retain their sanitary conditions between cleanings, baby changing station cleaning should be required by any establishment offering these amenities. Infants and young children are more susceptible to disease-causing bacteria due to their developing immune systems. Apply a general or mild detergent to the bed’s surface and back wall. Scrub thoroughly to remove any stains and wipe clean. It is also essential to clean the exterior of any baby changing station by spraying hospital-grade disinfectant to protect your customers’ hands from contamination. Allow the disinfectant to air dry. If you have any questions or concerns about our tips and safe practices, please contact a member of the PandaProducts.com team for further assistance.

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