Your commercial washroom matters more than you think. That’s because both clients and colleagues use it to judge your brand. If it’s clean, fresh, and contemporary, then it enhances your public image. If it’s old, run-down, and smelly, then the opposite happens.
Company managers, however, can often overlook their less-than-ideal bathrooms. When you visit a room every day, you get used to it. Eventually, it just melds into the background and out of conscious thought.
But for people new to your business, a dated washroom can feel a little jarring. It doesn’t sit well with the brand image you want to project.
In this post, we explore some of the telltale signs that it’s time for a public washroom refurbishment. Here’s what to look out for:
Delamination occurs when cubicle and wall panels start peeling off, revealing the chipboard core beneath. When this happens, water can get into the material, resulting in swollen panels, ugly stains, and further cracking of the surface laminate. Once water ingress reaches the hinge area of cubicle doors, they can fail, forcing replacement.
Interfix can fit out commercial bathrooms with a range of attractive and durable composite panelling products that reduce water ingress. What’s more, these modern bathroom refurbishments last longer than their traditional counterparts and look better too.
Dated Fittings And Fixtures
Trendy brands can sometimes get away with dated, old-fashioned fittings and fixtures, so long as they’re overtly fashionable. But the vast majority of companies can’t. Dated fittings just look run-down and detract from brand appeal. Plus they hurt workers too. For instance, three-quarters of workers report that the quality of their workplace washroom has an effect on their personal wellbeing and comfort at work. And a further 64 per cent say that it has a real impact on their job satisfaction.
Dated fittings also add to overall water usage. Leaking taps and traditional WCs lead to vast wastage, increasing your costs
Here again, though, modern innovations can help. Waterless urinals, for instance, don’t require flushing. Instead, urine passes through a sealing liquid (usually some sort of oil) and then flows under the force of gravity into the sewage system. These can save up to 100,000 litres of water per urinal, per year.
Sensor taps are another great innovation in modern bathrooms, offering enhanced hygiene and improved efficiency. These work using solenoid valves. When a sensor detects an object under the faucet, it opens the valve allowing the water to flow. This continues until the user removes their hands, preventing dripping. Estimates suggest it can reduce water usage by 70 per cent compared to traditional manual faucets.
Some dated bathrooms also have poor layouts. For instance, there might not be enough space for two people to walk beside a row of cubicles, or the urinals might be visible from the hallway outside. A fresh, updated bathroom design can help make your facilities more user-friendly by improving your configuration.
For instance, you can install screens to provide added privacy. And you can provide additional space for people to get changed and showered – a form of commercial bathroom usage that is becoming more popular.
Poor Regulatory Compliance
Regulations for public washroom design have changed considerably over the years. Today there are a range of requirements that you need to fulfil. These include:
- Sanitary waste facilities: Regulations state that companies need to provide a sanitary waste bin in the women’s bathroom for sanitary products.
- Hand washing facilities: All commercial bathrooms must offer hand washing facilities as standard. Bowls must be large enough to submerge both forearms and must have soap and drying facilities. The number of sinks must equal the number of WCs.
- Lighting: Commercial bathrooms must also have adequate lighting to allow users to see what they are doing and where they are going.
- Ventilation: There should also be plenty of ventilation to allow air to circulate.
- Cleanliness: Bathrooms should be clean and tidy throughout the day.
- Separate facilities: Where possible, brands should provide separate facilities for men and women for bathrooms with more than one WC. Shared single rooms should have a lockable door.
- Close by: Lastly, bathrooms must be close to where people work and easy to access. Outhouses are not ideal.
Meeting all these requirements can be a challenge, but Interfix can help. Whatever washroom project you have planned, whether it is a school washroom refurbishment or a new bathroom for your customers, we make sure that your plan ticks all the necessary regulatory boxes. In short, we make it easy to remain compliant.
When it comes to commercial washroom refurbishment, view it as a necessary branding and marketing expense. Beautiful bathrooms both improve colleague productivity and customer satisfaction, upping your return on investment.