Providing clean and comfortable washroom facilities for staff or customers is essential. It’s also an important component of your business’ brand, as it’s often a place that shapes visitors’ very important first impressions of an organisation. Facilitating a positive washroom experience is also vital for maintaining employee well being.
Even though your washroom may be the smallest room in your facility, it can have a big impact on visitor experience. Here are our tips for making your washroom as welcoming as possible.
Injecting some colour in a washroom could not only make the environment more visually appealing to visitors, it can deliver benefits in terms of positively influencing their psychology. For example, coloured washroom products are designed to harness the power of colour psychology to encourage improved hygiene habits.
Make sure you are meeting female users’ hygiene needs. Our research found that 54 per cent of women in the UK have experienced a situation in which there was no feminine hygiene unit located in the toilet cubicle when they needed one. Even if your washroom lacks space, you should ensure every cubicle in the female washroom has a sanitary bin. Providing reliable and durable sanitary disposal units also helps prevent blockages in your washroom plumbing and could save you from expensive repairs.
Take action to avoid unpleasant, off putting odours. Scenting products can help to control and minimise the smells that come from malodour-producing bacteria. You may want to consider installing air fresheners that automatically dispense fragrance to help neutralise odours and create a pleasant-smelling environment. An air purifier can also help to eradicate airborne bacteria and viruses, including the flu virus, E. coli, salmonella, streptococcus, rhinovirus and hepatitis A.
Washrooms offer the opportunity to improve poor hygiene habits and create an environment that encourages best hygiene practice. For example, washing hands properly after using the toilet significantly helps prevent the spread of germs, bacteria and illness, so equipping your washrooms with enough sinks, soap dispensers and hand dryers (and ensuring they work properly) is important.
Hand sanitisers can form a long-lasting barrier against microbes and provide ongoing protection for several hours after use. If space allows, installing a hand sanitiser dispenser in your washrooms or public areas can encourage a more proactive approach to hand hygiene among visitors.
Finally, bacteria and viruses spread easily from one person to another through indirect contact with contaminated surfaces. Reducing the number of ‘touch points’ within the washroom reduces cross-contamination.
For more information please feel free to contact us or call us on 0800 313 4972, and we will be more than happy to help.