Do Women Care More About Clean Restrooms Than Men?

Do Women Care More About Clean Restrooms Than Men?

Do Women Care More About Clean Restrooms Than Men?

Do Women Care More About Clean Restrooms Than Men?

By: Briana Smith, Social Media & Product Branding Specialist, WAXIE Sanitary Supply

A thought occurred to me this weekend as I caught a snippet of the television program Bar Rescue, do women care more about restroom appearance than men?

Bar Rescue is a reality show highlighting a bar or nightclub that isn’t very successful. A team of professionals surveys the situation in order to diagnose & resolve the problem(s). At this point in the show, Jon Taffer, host and bar/nightclub consultant, had already pointed out sanitation issues with the main bar & food preparation areas, spotlighting the owner of the bar.

From there, he moved onto the women’s restroom to discuss the cleanliness.

I don’t remember the conversation exactly, but it was along the lines of, “You won’t get any women in your bar if the bathrooms look like this.” In response the owner just sort of stood with a blank expression on his face.

Taffer continued with disgust and irritation in his voice, “You can’t even tell that there’s something wrong with this bathroom, do you?”

Of course there are two things that can be addressed in my paraphrasing:

1) the conditions of the restrooms

2) the implication that women care about said conditions more than men.

First off, as a woman I do take public restroom cleanliness with a combination of hopefulness & trepidation. Will the restroom be clean or wretched?

I’ve covered how I feel about this subject in a couple of other blog articles: Public Toilet Seat Sanitizers – Do They Work or Is It Peace of Mind? & Would You Pay $1 to Use a Clean Public Restroom. As such, I can only imagine the general state of those restrooms if cleaning is subpar, never mind adding alcohol to the mix.

All I can think of is sticky, icky, and gross. I wouldn’t even want to touch the sink faucets with a 10-foot pole! Lots of bacteria, grime and organic material can build-up rather quickly in restrooms used by numerous people and aren’t cleaned very well or regularly.

Bar restrooms also have the potential for harboring additional organic materials associated with excess alcohol consumption that I wouldn’t exactly want to come in contact with… Restrooms can sometimes make or break a business, especially a restaurant, as Jon Taffer pointed out.

Repeat business is crucial, as is word of mouth.

No one is going to want to go spend a lot of time at a place that is not clean in general, perhaps with the exception of a dive bar. However, be aware that a dive bar also must be inspected by a state health inspector if food is served. If I were deciding where to go and someone mentioned that a place had bad bathrooms I’d definitely rule it out of the running and spend my money elsewhere.

Bad bathrooms are memorable, and not in the way you want them to be. On the flip side, a restaurant restroom can also be a selling point. I recently went to a cocktail bar for my birthday celebration with a couple of friends and we spent 5-10 minutes discussing not only the interior décor of the bar inspired by a vintage drugstore/pharmacy, which was awesome by the way, but we also talked about the floors in the restroom.

They were so unique and cool that one of my friends even went back in to take pictures of it!

The ‘tile’ of the floor consisted of nickels with some sort of epoxy coating to set them in the floor and provide a smooth surface for cleaning. One of my friends was extremely impressed that all of the nickels were perfectly spaced from one another.

Another thing that I found interesting while watching that scene on Bar Rescue was the lack of follow up in the men’s restroom; they didn’t even discuss it, not even in passing. Perhaps I missed that part, although I highly doubt it.

Men’s restrooms don’t seem to be a popular topic of daily conversation, and it made me wonder if most men care that much about restroom cleanliness. So I took a very informal & unofficial poll with a handful of my male coworkers, and while most considered restroom cleanliness to be of importance, they felt that in general it was a lot more important to women.

Some were more aware of restroom conditions due to it being an occupational hazard. One of my coworkers brought up a good point – if the restrooms are in terrible shape it makes one consider the condition the food preparation area is in.

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Why Toilets?

Why Toilets?

Why Toilets?

Why Toilets?

The importance of global sanitation and toilets cannot be overemphasized. For this reason, it is JaniWrap’s  privilege to help illuminate these issues. Article curated from the World Toilet Organization.

 

We use them every day – at home, school, work, restaurants, shopping malls – yet we seldom talk about them. The silence around the issue of toilets and sanitation has deadly consequences.

At current rates of progress, the UN Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target for sanitation remains the most off-track of all, leaving one-third of the world’s population without access to improved sanitation.

Sanitation is a basic human right yet slow and insufficient progress leaves billions around the world prone to illness, poverty and abuse.

Despite compelling evidence that shows the benefits and great returns of investing in sanitation, it continues to be an ‘unglamorous’ subject for many policy-makers. The area of water (an equally important subject), on the other hand, receives more funding and attention on the global development agenda.

This needs to change.

Around one billion people in our world today face the indignity of defecating in the open. A lack of clean and safe toilets at schools leads to higher dropout among girls once they reach puberty.

Diarrhoeal diseases – a direct consequence of poor sanitation – kill more children every year than AIDS, malaria and measles combined.

Clean and safe toilets are prerequisites for health, dignity, privacy and education. The World Toilet Organization was established with the aim to break the taboo around toilets and the sanitation crisis.

Since 2001, we have lobbied governments, public and private sector stakeholders and the international community to prioritize sanitation in the development agenda.

Through our initiatives – World Toilet Day, World Toilet Summit, World Toilet College and SaniShop – we continue to mobilise an international network of partners, supporters, donors, governments and international organisations to advocate for effective sanitation policies to ensure health, dignity and well-being for everyone, everywhere.

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Restrooms Texas Style

Restrooms Texas Style

Restrooms Texas Style 

America voted and agrees that the New Braunfels Buc-ee’s has a bathroom as big as Texas and some of the most spotless loos in the Lone Star State, making this pit stop perfect for any road warrior and fit for a king.

With 83 toilets to choose from, guests even get their very own throne!

Restrooms Texas Style

Buc-ee’s has an incredible men’s restroom in New Braunfels, TX and if all their locations are similar in size, scope, design and cleanliness my hat is off to the superb Buc-ee’s leadership.

  They recognizes the importance of this critical space – especially when you’re a little sore and road weary.

This contest is undoubtedly fun, but it also conveys a critical message that restroom hygiene matters for good health and good business and proprietors recognize the parallel between clean washrooms and customer retention”

Buc-ee’s brand of convenience stores knows firsthand that clean bathrooms mean big business,” Cintas’ Market Development Representative, Gary Gonzaba

The picture of the urinals at Buc-ee’s is pretty astounding. Everything is tiled including the floor to ceiling privacy walls and combined with the auto-flushers and hand sanitizing stations it’s all just pretty remarkable.

With the dedication to keeping the restrooms clean, sanitary and visually appealing it’s no wonder Buc-ee’s won the Cintas Best America’s Restroom contest in 2012.

Next time you’re in the Lone Star State make it a point to fuel up at Buc-ee’s and see for yourself how refreshing clean restrooms can be.

JaniWrap tips our hat to Buc-ee’s.

 

Restrooms Texas Style

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Disneyland Clean and Orderly Restrooms

Disneyland Clean and Orderly Restrooms

Disneyland Clean and Orderly Restrooms

Disneyland Clean and Orderly Restrooms 

Walt’s All-American Potty

One place a clean and orderly restroom is appreciated is at family fun parks.  No matter the name or theme of the venue, the one thing they all have in common is that they’re visited by families and families have kids.  And kids have needs and adults have needs, and the biggest challenge for caregivers is to safely provide for those necessities.

Of the essentials, food and hydration top the list and when those needs are met there comes a time when restrooms quickly become the top dog.  Walt Disney knew the tremendous importance of a well-organized, meticulously maintained adventure park and he appreciated that restrooms were a significant part of his guests experience and thus were top-dog for him too.

Disneyland was built under the direct supervision of Walt Disney  in July 1955.  He took the age old idea of multiple theme parks located in one amusement park and made it into the largest and most popular facility of its kind in history.  Walt created the American experience and he invited us into his vast dream showcasing all the goodness, innocence, grace and dignity the United States stands for.

To go to Disneyland is to step back in time…

…or plunge into the future, but the one thing you’ll be hard pressed to do while you’re there is to find peeling paint, litter, or neglected gardens.  The maintenance program at Disneyland is legendary and has kept Walt’s dream fresh and vibrant for generations to enjoy, embrace and to be inspired from.

Disneyland expert D’land Diva wrote about the five best restrooms in Disneyland and shares with us their location and why they’re worth noting.  They are in various parts of the park, but the common element they all share is cleanliness.   If you’re planning a trip to Disneyland Anaheim you’ll benefit from this information.

Happy 60th Anniversary Disneyland and thank you Walt for blazing the trail in spectacular and even awe-inspiring facility care.

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Disneyland Clean and Orderly Restrooms

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The Disastrous Double Header

The Disastrous Double Header

The Disastrous Double Header

Occasionally we all encounter a restroom with a broken toilet or urinal fitted with a makeshift trash bag and maybe a scribbled out of order sign. Because it’s so common, we’ve conditioned ourselves to overlook these things, but it’s disturbing nonetheless – some more than others.

Not so common is to run into the same scenario in two different buildings the same day. Nice buildings and ones undoubtedly supporting maintenance departments who manage well their responsibilities. So what gives?

After some thought on this matter I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m 100% positive that I’m 100% sure that I really don’t know. It leaves me to speculate that the people who should care most about this topic simply don’t think enough about it. But never fear – that’s why I’m here to remind us that fresh, clean and good looking restrooms are always appreciated.

It would be fair to say that no other room in a building or establishment can make or break a good visitor experience than the restroom. A fabulous dining experience can be devastated by a poorly maintained restroom as can hundreds of other activities when confronted with ugly sights and unsanitary restroom conditions.

It’s fairly amusing to me how I came to be a champion of aesthetically pleasing restrooms. As a kid I never aspired to become the spokesperson for good looking restrooms or the cheerleader of porcelain protection, but here I am. Peculiar I know, but I’ve managed some wonderful properties and keeping them in showcase condition has always been my passion, so it’s only natural I suppose for that passion to extend to restrooms.

It’s a well-known fact that no matter the level of preventative maintenance in restrooms that sooner or later a fixture would become inoperable or need to be taken temporarily offline. If the repair couldn’t be done immediately the fixture needed to be removed from service in a way that would retain the beauty of the environment.

Unfortunately, there were no product solutions that would not detract aesthetically from these nicely designed restroom interiors so JaniWrap was developed. That’s how it’s become my pleasant responsibility to eradicate eye sore solutions in rest areas that should be sparkling clean and inviting – at all times and for all peoples.