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National Hygiene Week: Promoting Hygiene Through Washroom Design

In today's fast-paced world, maintaining good hygiene practices is more critical than ever. National Hygiene Week, which falls between the 2nd of October and the 8th of October, serves as an important reminder of the significance of cleanliness and hygiene in our daily lives. While hygiene extends to all aspects of our environment, one area where it is truly imperative is the commercial washroom.


In this article, we will take a look at how the state of your washroom can have a lasting impact on your brand or business and explore some practical ways to ensure that impact is positive.



The Importance of Hygiene in a Commercial Washroom


A commercial washroom is more than just a functional space. It's a reflection of your commitment to hygiene, care for your customers and employees, and a key part of your brand image. Neglecting the hygiene of your washroom can result in dire consequences for your business.


A dirty or unclean washroom can leave a lasting negative impression on the perception your clients have of your business. Missing the mark on hygiene in your washroom can make them question the overall cleanliness and quality standards of your establishment. In contrast to this, a well-looked-after and clean washroom space can leave the user feeling considered and provide them with confidence in your brand.


For businesses, it's not just about customers or clients. Employees also spend a significant portion of their day in the workplace, including the washroom. A clean and well-maintained washroom can contribute to higher employee morale and productivity. Poor hygiene can even lead to the increased spread of illnesses, which can result in increased absenteeism and reduced productivity.


Neglecting hygiene standards in commercial washrooms can not only lead to a poor impression but there are also real legal repercussions if your commercial washrooms are not meeting appropriate safety standards.


It’s very clear to see the overwhelming potential for poor hygiene in washroom environments to negatively impact the success of your business and brand, so how can you remedy this?


Let’s take a look at some simple ways you can ensure you don’t fall victim to these negative repercussions.



Promoting Hygiene Through Washroom Design


Now that we understand the importance of hygiene in a commercial washroom, let's explore how you can promote cleanliness through thoughtful design elements and maintenance.



Accessories:


The right accessories can play a pivotal role in achieving this goal. Maxwood supplies a range of hygienic accessories from various manufacturers such as Dolphin and Delabie, to offer a range of bathroom accessories, including soap dispensers, touch-free taps, sensor-activated hot air dryers and bins.


Touchless Technology can also be a great tool for promoting hygiene. Consider installing touchless soap dispensers, faucets, and hand dryers. These reduce the need for physical contact, limiting the spread of germs and improving overall hygiene.




Hygienic Materials:


When it comes to designing a hygienic washroom, one crucial factor to consider is the materials you choose. Opting for materials like microbial surfaces can significantly enhance the cleanliness and ease of maintenance in your washroom. These surfaces inhibit the growth of bacteria, making it simpler and more effective to keep your washroom clean and germ-free.


Partnering with professionals like Maxwood Washrooms ensures that the materials used in your washroom are not only hygienic but also carefully selected with your specific needs in mind. We don't just bring our expertise to your design but to the entire washroom project, including our expert knowledge on how to achieve the highest levels of hygiene. For example, through the use of Grade 304 stainless steel, which helps to reduce bacterial proliferation on its surface.



Practical Considerations:

Adequate ventilation is crucial to prevent the buildup of odours and germs in the washroom. Ensure your washroom is well-ventilated to maintain a fresh and hygienic environment.


Clear signage can be a game changer for ensuring the facilities you provide are utilised. Use signage to educate users about proper handwashing and hygiene practises. Visual reminders can go a long way in promoting good habits.



Maintenance:

Regular maintenance is a must, establish a strict maintenance schedule to ensure all elements of your washroom are in good working condition. Broken fixtures or equipment can lead to hygiene issues and become costly if not cared for.


Invest in quality cleaning products. Using high-quality cleaning products and disinfectants is key for ensuring your washroom is kept clean. Make sure cleaning staff are trained on proper cleaning techniques and frequency.



Superloos:


If you're aiming to create a clean and sanitary washroom within limited space, our Superloo toilet cubicles are an excellent choice. These cubicles not only optimise limited space but also significantly minimise the spread of germs.


This innovative solution for commercial settings provides users with individual private unisex bathroom spaces. Superloos present a more hygienic option compared to conventional bathrooms, granting users the comfort of separate cubicles instead of a communal washroom.



As National Hygiene Week approaches, it's the perfect time to reassess your commercial washroom's design and maintenance practices. By prioritising hygiene, you not only protect the health and well-being of your customers and employees but also safeguard the reputation of your brand or business.


Maxwood Washrooms can be your trusted ally in this mission for a cleaner and safer washroom environment. With 40 years of experience, we understand that when it comes to hygiene, every detail matters.


Get in touch to speak to our experts about how you can prioritise hygiene in your washroom design.


We’re available via email at inspired@maxwoodwashrooms.com or give us a call at 020 3657 7615.


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