The choice of accessories for public bathrooms and common toilets follows different criteria than, for example, the accessories for the private bathroom of a hotel room. In addition, there is a further distinction to be made, between accessories for public bathrooms (bathrooms of a museum, a library, etc.) and common toilets (toilets of a restaurant, an office, a hotel, etc.).
The accessories of a public bathroom at the entrance of a ski lift, for example, will be different from those chosen by a restaurant for its customers’ toilet. What changes?
It changes the level of functionality that each accessory must have. While it is true that today any bathroom accessory must be easy to clean and disinfect, it is still important to choose them according to the style of the environment. It will be a matter, therefore, of combining aesthetics and practicality according to the more or less high flow of users.
But let’s see what are the most suitable accessories for this type of toilet.
DISPENSER FOR COMMON BATHROOMS
The most common accessories for bathrooms, public and not, are the dispensers, i.e. soap dispensers, sanitizing gel, paper towel dispensers, dispensers for ladies’ toilet bags or dispensers of interspersed toilet paper.
The advantage of dispensers in a common toilet is the guarantee of a high level of hygiene. The contents of the dispensers do not come into contact with the outside and the materials they are made of are easy to clean and sanitize. They are accessories made of stainless steel or resistant plastic, so they can be disinfected without any special care.
In public bathrooms all dispensers are installed on the wall. There are also countertop models, but both in the washbasin area and in the toilet area the dispensers are almost always on the wall, just for the principle of easy cleaning and to make the most of the space.
If you want to offer the highest level of hygiene, especially for soap dispensers, the best dispensers are sensor dispensers, to prevent them from being touched. The same is true for sanitizing gel dispensers, which will be increasingly popular in all public, communal and private toilets.
DRY YOUR HANDS: DISPENSERS OR ELECTRIC TOWELS
The debate between paper towels and electric towels is still open. Some researches support the higher safety of disposable products, others look at electric dryers more favourably and in many bathrooms both are present, free choice of users. Choosing one solution or the other certainly depends on how the cleaning and supply of consumables is handled.
Paper towels, in fact, must be properly and constantly disposed of, as well as replenished as soon as they are finished. Electric towels, on the other hand, do not need replenishment, but must be sanitized frequently to eliminate potential risks of contamination from residual water droplets.
One thing is certain: in the years to come, access to proper hand cleaning and perfectly hygienized toilets will be mandatory. The choice of accessories for public toilets will depend on how these standards will be offered, i.e. based on staff and cleaning management.
The choice to let users of a common toilet dry their hands, therefore, falls on three options:
- Paper towels interspersed in the dispensers: suitable for common toilets in offices and restaurants because they are discreet and easy to manage.
- Paper towel reels: suitable for high flow places.
- Electric towels: there are many models (we have already talked about it in a dedicated article) to choose according to the flow of users and available space. Surely the most hygienic are those that are activated with photocell.
- To exclude now the use of cotton or terry towels.
HYGIENIC BAGS AND PAPER THROWER
The hygienic bags for women are both a shrewdness for female users and a tool to improve the hygienic level of common toilets. They prevent unpleasant odours, limit dirt and provide more safety for cleaners. They are the ones who have to take care of the waste disposal.
Therefore, among the accessories for public toilets, wastepaper and dustbins play a key role and their choice must be well thought out. Small bins in high-flow places generate confusion and dirt. Too cumbersome bins can get in the way of the correct, quota-restricted entrance to public toilets.
Waste bins, therefore, must be well placed to avoid the risk of contamination, preferably with a pedal-operated lid. It is essential that they are regularly emptied and sanitized.
Returning to hygienic bags, there are specific garbage cans that allow them to be disposed of separately from other waste. They are equipped with special openings to prevent odours from escaping.
PUBLIC BATHROOM SUPPLIES: HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT BATHROOM FURNITURE
In this new world that awaits public places, restaurants and accommodations, the choice of bathroom accessories must be well designed to reconcile:
- user needs;
- hygiene american standard required by law;
- management of cleaning and supplies.
Not least the evaluation of costs, proportionate to the flow of users and the service offered. Unfortunately, we have all experienced first-hand the experience of entering a public bathroom in a service area or museum and not finding soap in the dispenser. This will never happen again.
You will not be able to cut the cost of hygiene materials or cleaning staff. It would mean exposing yourself to too high a risk. Users may pay for it, but so may the business or company itself.
The scenario has already changed. Users will wash their hands more, so they will use – and have the right to use – more soap, more towels and sanitizer gel. Choosing the most appropriate accessories for public bathrooms will undoubtedly be easier with the support of specialized companies.