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Retail Focus: Are Your Staff Toilets up to Scratch?

Retail Focus: Are Your Staff Toilets up to Scratch?

Backroom toilets don't get seen by customers and the general public, which can often mean they get ‘left until later’ in ongoing maintenance and refurbishment programs. However, keeping these staff facilities in check can be easier than you think and with some forward planning, you can make them easier to clean and maintain at the same time. 

Dispensers
Whether it’s to hold toilet paper, hand towels or soap, dispensers not only keep your washroom looking cleaner but also make for better usability at the same time. Look for durable options that will stand the test of time. 

Sensor activationStorage
One of the big issues in back-of-house staff toilets is storage space. We often see these facilities being used to house cleaning supplies too and without sufficient storage space, you can be left with an onslaught of bottles, sprays and scrubs along with the mop bucket being stored in the corner. Full height storage cupboards can be shelved out and used to store these items and keep them concealed in one easy to access compartment. Another option, particularly in tight spaces, is wall-mounted cupboards that keep things stowed up out of reach. 

Although sensor activation is mainly seen in customer washrooms, its use can be hugely advantageous in staff facilities too. By having the lights, toilet flushers, taps and hand dryers 


Easy clean design
This is activated by an infrared beam, users don't need to physically touch these items. This delivers a substantial impact on the hygiene of your premises and staff and has been shown to have a positive effect on staff illness and sick days.

Making your washroom easy to clean can often be boiled down to keeping the room simple and free from obstruction. The floor space is the prime area here. Look for wall-mounted toilets, sinks and fittings which will allow you to keep the ground clear, but will also make the room feel larger at the same time. 

For wall coverings, opt for large format tiles or solid grade laminate cladding. Both these options reduce the number of joins and make sanitising the wall a breeze. 

Hand dryers
If space is restricted, then the switch from paper hand towels to an electric hand dryer could be hugely beneficial. Not only will the switch remove the need to keep restocking your hand towels, but a wall mounted hand dryer will also mean you don’t need a large waste bin. Low noise options are also available, which can be useful when you are faced with a wall that adjoins a dining room.

As always, our team are at the end of the telephone for all your queries and questions and have a wealth of knowledge they’re happy to share with you. So if you need some guidance, or would like to talk over your options, you can give them a call on 01202 650900.

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