At Concept Cubicle Systems, we specialise in designing and installing bespoke washroom interiors. Hygiene sits at the forefront of our design process, essential in high traffic environments like offices, schools, and businesses. When designing public toilets in the workplace or other areas, there are several essential tips to take into account for how to maintain good toilet hygiene, which we have collected into this handy guide.
These include both design fundamentals like using contactless technology and flat surfaces, but also the fundamentals of your cleaning process, including rules for regular deep cleaning. Toilet hygiene is of the utmost importance, and by prioritising these design and cleaning principles you can keep users of your toilets safe from harmful bacteria.
Points of contact such as light switches, toilet lids, and flushes are key points of spread for germs. Many contemporary designers prioritise hands free features that allow toilet users to do things like activate lights, use hand sanitiser, flush the toilet, wash their hands, and dry their hands, all without pressing a button.
You can ensure greater toilet hygiene through the installation of these sensor activated features, which typically use infrared. Because they are typically flat, this also means that they are easier to clean and to maintain in a more hygienic state. They can also have environmental benefits, with motion sensor lights saving on power, and infra-red taps saving water by avoiding being left on.
There are several steps you can take around your washroom to increase your toilet hygiene. Prioritising the use of flat surfaces, in materials like laminate, stainless steel, and resin, will make your toilets easier to clean. A lot of the hand activated sensors previously mentioned are also easy to clean and flat, making them especially hygienic.
Another great idea to make your washroom easier to clean is using wall mounted urinals and toilets. This is more hygienic as it allows cleaners to fully mop the entirety of your washroom floor, meaning there are far fewer corners where bacteria can grow. At CCS we sell Laminate Duct Panels, perfect for attaching urinals and toilets to walls, allowing us to keep our washrooms both stylish and hygienic.
Most modern toilet designs prioritise an easy clean, with minimal edges. Concealed cisterns are also great for hygienic toilets, keeping complex elements away from the public. Toilet seats and toilet paper holders are best chosen in models that are easy to clean, with minimal areas that can be hidden or missed during everyday cleaning. In terms of washroom flooring and wall cladding, using larger tiles or cladding will reduce the amount of grout lines and make for an easier cleaning process, thereby increasing toilet hygiene.
When it comes to washing and drying your hands in a workplace washroom or other sanitation facility there are a few options, a focus on which can help increase your washroom hygiene. Automated sensors can remove hand contact for hand dryers, soap, and water, but not for paper towels. However, current scientific wisdom still points to paper towels as the most hygienic choice for removing bacteria from your hands. In order to keep your surfaces easy to clean, it may be best to opt for basin countertops with paper towel bins built into them, making them easier to clean, with less chance of waste ending up on the floor. It is important that proper personal hygiene facilities are available to those who use your washroom, to encourage hygiene in the workplace, and help stop the spread of germs.
Toilet hygiene isn’t just a matter of design, it requires a rigorous cleaning system. If you are operating a public toilet you should have a monitored and organised daily cleaning schedule, designed to emphasise toilet hygiene and keeping users of your washroom safe. You should also have a system of routine deep cleaning, with semi-regular thorough cleaning of the whole washroom and things like
Legionella checks. It is of great importance that whoever is cleaning your toilets and washrooms thoroughly adheres to the hygiene rules. You can design the most hygienic public washroom in the world, but unless you combine that with a dedicated cleaning schedule you will not maintain toilet hygiene. It’s also vital, even in smaller toilets, to use hygienic cleaning supplies, and to not use items like toilet brushes, which are extremely unsanitary.
Concept Cubicle Systems offers bespoke washroom designs, helping businesses across the country plan and build their ideal washrooms. We utilise our range of mirrorBoxes, panels, and basins, tailoring designs and colours around your environment. CCS prioritises inclusive design, approaching each project with passion and commitment. If you are looking for a bold, hygienic new design for your public toilet, whatever the scale, get in contact with our team today.