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What is LRV (Light Reflectance Value)?

What is LRV (Light Reflectance Value)?

In disabled accessible washrooms there must be visual contrast between one element or fitting in the washroom against another which is sufficiently different. For example between the wall and a grab rail, or the wall and floor. This difference in visual contrast difference between these objects makes the toilet room easier to use for those with various vision related difficulties. Visual contrast is measured by LRV, which is the acronym for 'light reflectance value'. The LRV of an object is a measure of the quantity of visible light at all wavelengths that is reflected from the surface when illuminated by a light. Read More...

Doc-M, BS8300, the Disability Discrimination Act 2005 (DDA) and the Equalities Act of 2010

Doc-M, BS8300, the Disability Discrimination Act 2005 (DDA) and the Equalities Act of 2010

Refurbishment of disabled accessible washrooms can be hampered and complicated by the minefield of applicable regulations. As of writing accessible bathrooms in commercial premises are required to comply with building regulations Approved Document M: Volume 2 - Buildings other than dwellings, BS8300 and the National Planning Framework. Read More...

How to Eliminate Bad Odours from Toilets & Washrooms

How to Eliminate Bad Odours from Toilets & Washrooms

Depending upon the cause of the unpleasant smell emanating from your washrooms there are four main solutions to eliminating that bad odour permanently. These are in order of potential cost; installation of an odour and infection control unit such as the AirSteril unit, commissioning a deep washroom hygiene clean, renewing and replacing plumbing and sanitarware, or a complete washroom refurbishment with a suitable specification and design that focuses on hygiene and cleanliness. Read More...

How to Choose the Right AirSteril Odour Control Unit for Your Washroom

How to Choose the Right AirSteril Odour Control Unit for Your Washroom

Choosing the correct AirSteril odour control unit for your particular application is a simple process once you have two key pieces of information. Washrooms accumulate high levels of harmful bacteria and viruses. This harmful bacteria can also cause nasty and unpleasant odours which is why an AirSteril unit is the perfect solution. Unlike other washroom odour solutions the AirSteril kills bacteria and viruses in the air and on nearby surfaces. Neutralising unpleasant smells and improving commercial washroom hygiene. Read More...

Suggested mounting height for baby changing units

Suggested mounting height for baby changing units

We are often asked what the correct height to mount a baby changing unit is, unfortunately this is not an easy question to answer. There is no fixed or regulated height at which baby changing units are mandated to be fitted at. Read More...

What soap should I use in our soap dispenser?

What soap should I use in our soap dispenser?

What Soap Should I use in our Soap Dispenser? Every soap dispenser manufacturer has their own recommendations with regards the correct soap to use in their product. Here you will find a download sheet for Franke and Dolphin brands of soap dispensers, for all other manufacturers please refer to the Commercial Washrooms soap recommendation PDF download. Read More...

How to fit urinal push flush valves and push flow shower valves

How to fit urinal push flush valves and push flow shower valves

Plumbing in urinal push flush valves often creates unnecessary confusion, simply because many have 1/2 inch male threaded ends and fitters often find the site plumbing is metric 15mm pipe. Connecting standard 15mm (or rarely 22mm) pipework to the 1/2 inch threaded connection is relatively simple and is the same procedure for fitting standard taps with 1/2" connections to 15mm pipework. Usually in the case of taps a 1/2inch to 15mm tap connector, either straight through or flexible would be purchased and nothing more thought of it. Read More...

Washroom toilet cubicle configuration

Washroom toilet cubicle configuration

Toilet cubicle configuration is often the most confusing element of determining the cost of the cubicles you require. Once you have identified how many toilet cubicles you need and from which material they should be manufactured, how do you decipher the jargon and decide which configuration you need? Read More...

Understanding urinals and how they flush

Understanding urinals and how they flush

Urinal and urinal cisterns are probably the hardest public toilet fixtures to sell online simply because many people even those who already have them, do not understand how they work or the considerations when ordering. One of the most common areas likely to confuse is urinal flushing, since unlike a regular toilets, urinals usually do not flush in response to user input. Read More...

Washroom toilet cubicle buyers guide

Washroom toilet cubicle buyers guide

This guide is designed to be the perfect beginners resource for those who have not purchased toilet and washroom cubicles before and are overwhelmed by the available options. Toilet, shower and washroom cubicle specification and supply is a particular speciality of Commercial Washrooms. Read More...