Washroom designs and renovations can be daunting. What are some of the essential aesthetic and safety factors you should consider when designing a washroom? From the layout to pricing, there are many choices in the market that are vying for your attention. Before engaging a washroom hygiene specialist, you might want to list in terms of priority, some of the important washroom solutions that matter to you. Here are the top tips on how to make the most of your washroom design.
Lighting and ventilation
Research found that bright lights improves energy levels. On the other hand, yellow-tone and warm lights are associated with a more relaxed ambience. What is the ambience you want users to experience when they step into the washroom?
Another consideration that you may have is the number and size of windows in the washroom. Windows let in natural light, enhance ventilation and reduce humidity. A washroom without sufficient ventilation may cause dampness to accumulate in the washroom. This may lead to the development of invasive mold and mildew.
Mold and mildew are fungi that grow on wet and warm surfaces such as washroom tiles. One of the first signs of mold and mildew invasion is a musty and pungent odour. When inhaled, these can cause headache, sore throat and other respiratory problems. The most important step to prevent mold and mildew is to keep moisture and humidity under control. Here are some tips on how to prevent the growth of mold and mildew in the washroom.
- Dry wet materials quickly
- Clean, disinfect and dry surfaces
- Repair leaks quickly
- Keep the floor dry
- Dry items before storing
- Improve airflow and ventilation
- Keep windows and doors open
Apart from ventilation, modern bathroom designs should include a hand dryer or paper towel dispenser placed near the wash basin. These convenient hand drying facilities encourage users to dry their hands quickly after washing. On the contrary, when users flick their wet hands on the floor, the moisture may encourage the growth of mold and mildew. Besides that, damp hands spread 1,000 times more germs than dry hands!
Floor and washroom safety
The floor is one of the largest surface areas in the washroom. Therefore, it is one of the first things a user sees when entering the washroom. Above all, a wet or slippery floor poses a serious safety hazard to users. To prevent washroom accidents, you may consider non-slip tiles such as ceramic and homogeneous titles in the washroom.
Additionally, the placement of floor mats at strategic locations in the washroom improves safety and hygiene. Initial provides a selection of floor mats for all your washroom hygiene and commercial needs. Besides being highly effective at absorbing dirt and water, Initial’s floor mats prevent falls in the washroom. Strategic locations to place anti-slip floor mats include at the entrance of washrooms and near the wash basins.
Design and colour scheme
The design and colour scheme of the washroom affects first impressions. Enhance your washroom aesthetics with Initial’s signature colour range to match your washroom décor and company branding. Additionally, Initial washroom solutions are space-saving, while not compromising on practicality at the same time.
For example, Initial hygiene’s no-touch sanitary bins are designed to be durable, reliable and slender in design. Despite not taking up much space in the washroom cubicle, the units are able to hold up to 22 litres of waste. Besides that, the antibacterial technology of the feminine hygiene units prevents cross-contamination for greater protection against disease-causing bacteria that lurks around in the washroom.
Security and privacy
When planning the layout of your washroom, you may want to consider design layouts that do not compromise on the privacy of its users. For example, entrances to male public toilets should not open directly to the urinal areas. Additionally, wall urinals in male toilets should ideally be separated by modesty boards to protect the privacy of users.
You might have noticed that many public washroom entrances do not have doors. Many of these washrooms entrances are designed without doors to reduce cross-contamination on door handles. Instead, the entrances are designed with partitions to block the direct view of the toilet from the outside.
Besides privacy, the maintenance of washroom facilities is equally important. Initial hygiene professional services ensure that washrooms are always fully-functional. For a peace of mind, Initial’s washroom facilities come with anti-theft and anti-vandalism features. For example, initial’s jumbo toilet paper dispenser feature tamper-proof lockable cover that keeps consumables secured and clean.
Hygiene needs and usage
When selecting washroom facilities, it is important to consider the hygiene needs, usage frequency and profile of users. For example, in childcare facilities, you may want to consider placing a few washroom facilities at a lower height so that the children are able to reach them. Other considerations include the placement of washroom facilities such as soap dispensers. Would wall drilling be appropriate in your environment or would adhesive be more suitable for your environment and current needs?
To add on, you may also consider the placement of hand sanitiser dispensers near the washroom exits for an enhanced hygiene protection. Hand sanitisers kill up to 99.9% of infectious germs. Studies have found that hand sanitisers reduce health care claims by over 20%! In addition, would you prefer a wall-mounted hand sanitiser dispenser or a mobile stand that can be moved easily?
Cleaning frequency and traffic
If your environment is in a high-traffic area, you may also consider increasing the cleaning frequency of the washroom. Examples of high-traffic environments include shopping malls, train stations, schools and offices. Additionally, a toilet seat cleaner helps to promote good toilet hygiene in between scheduled washroom cleaning. Initial’s toilet seat cleaner is a compact cubicle-mounted sanitising solution dispenser that effectively eliminates harmful pathogens on toilet seats.
Do you know? Each time you flush the toilet, tiny water droplets containing harmful micro-organisms with urine and faecal matter are released into the air. Besides spreading bacteria and viruses, it also causes a stench in the washroom! A toilet and urinal sanitiser helps to keep the toilet clean in between washes. With each flush, a dose of sanitising fluid releases into the flush water to prevent bacteria and encrustation build-up.
Start your customer journey the right way
Above all, washroom design should complement your company branding. Washrooms should ideally be functional, clean, comfortable and aesthetically pleasing. Start your customer journey the right way with a well-designed washroom. Contact Initial Singapore at (65) 6347 8138 for more recommendations on professional washroom solutions and services that are tailored for your business needs.