What are the biggest washroom no no’s?
Washrooms, whether they are public, in schools, in the office or at the leisure centre shouldn’t be a grim experience but, often enough they are, and along with it come many aspects that can make any user quickly turn the other way and walk out.
But what exactly are the no no’s of the washroom?
The no no’s of the washroom include; a lack of toilet tissue reserve or no tissue at all. Grubby toilets, sinks and floors, overflowing bins, broken soap dispensers or dispensers that have run out of soap, and let’s not forget the slow hand dryer that barely warms up and doesn’t dry your hands!
These are all huge no no’s for public, school, and office washrooms, in fact for any toilet whether public or not.
Other big no no’s include the general state (cleanliness) of the washroom, plus the overall smell. Both of which will stop someone from entering and using the restroom should these attributes fail to reach the standard where they should be.
Lest we also forget that harmful bacteria and germs that linger on unclean surfaces and can be picked up by all users who touch an infected surface - a huge washroom no no!
Perhaps the last no no is the washroom decor.
You may not realise how much it can have an impact on a person, no matter if it is clean or not. Old, outdated washrooms are more likely to be mistreated, dirty and generally an unpleasant place to be.
Why and how do washroom problems arise?
Of course, there are many reasons as to why these washrooms no no’s can quickly escalate and become a problem; including not being checked and cleaned regularly throughout the day, to the people who misuse them.
So, what can be done to find the right balance?
Ultimately, many things can be done to ensure that everyone’s experience of a washroom is a pleasant one.
First of all ensuring there is plenty of toilet tissue, soap and paper towels (if there is no hand dryer) is a must. If using paper towels, make sure all bins where these towels are disposed, are emptied regularly to prevent them from becoming full and overflowing.
If any aspects of the washrooms are broken, such as soap dispensers, and broken cubicle locks, then these need to be fixed as soon as possible. This will help in being a great start at getting a washroom back on track to how it should be.
If the washroom is a public toilet, then these need to be cleaned twice a day and checked, and spot cleaned several times throughout the day, according to the British Toilet Association.
When reviewing, ensure that no problems have arisen (e.g. taps are in full working order), fill up paper towel holders and make sure there is enough toilet paper and soap to last the rest of the day.
If the washroom is for an office, then these need to be cleaned once a day and of course spot checked throughout the day too, making sure that all is well within the washroom.
We can not stress enough just how important a clean and hygienic a washroom needs to be.
Many germs linger in toilets, on the floor and surfaces, and can potentially become a health hazard.
With so many different people from all walks of life using a washroom, some are more susceptible to quickly picking up germs than others, and in some cases can make them seriously ill.
An antibacterial cleaner is required for use on all surfaces and toilet cleaner such as bleach for the toilet itself.
You can find a step by step guide to cleaning public washrooms on the British Toilet Website
Once the cleaning is in a routine, the next step could be that of a complete refurbishment. Not only will a fully refurbished washroom be pleasing to the eye and make for better user experience, but it could also include the most up to date technology such as; sensor soap dispensers, automatic taps and energy efficient dryers.
These will all help to provide a modern and safer environment.
Plus with a new washroom comes better ventilation - something all toilets need to have!
Ventilation is so often overlooked and not taken into consideration, yet is the key to getting rid of bad smells - one of the biggest bugbears of washroom users. Even if windows are present in a washroom and they can be left open, essential ventilation still needs to be built so it can extract the bad smells from the cubicles, promoting a cleaner environment.
So, by following the above steps, washrooms no matter where they are located can provide a cleaner, safer and a pleasant experience for those that use them.