Why are Toilets, Sinks and Urinals Made of Porcelain?

Why are Toilets, Sinks and Urinals Made of Porcelain?

Why are Toilets, Sinks and Urinals Made of Porcelain?  

Guest Blog by John Tarr

 

Have you wondered that yourself? Not only are our personal toilets and sinks in our bathrooms in our homes made of porcelain but so are most public restrooms.

We have been sitting on the same type of toilet thrones for centuries. Is there not something different that could do the same job in our modern times?

Nope!

These bathroom fixtures need to be sturdy, waterproof, and in the case of a toilet and urinal, designed to be a flushing engine.

They are very efficient waste removers and there is a lot of intricate engineering behind your behind.

Vitreous china toilets (what we call porcelain) are made from clay and water. It’s a fairly inexpensive manufacturing process, which includes being poured into a mold, finished, glazed, and then sent through a kiln.

We use plastic on the seat cover on the toilet, but plastic is not durable enough to have it in the main role. Porcelain will not break under the weight of a hard landing.

Stainless steel toilets, like you see in jail, are very strong but are sensitive to temperature.

You do not want to sit on one when it is cold. Porcelain, not so much. Plus, they did not want to use something like porcelain that could be shattered and then the pieces used as a weapon in a penitentiary.

Rachel Swaby on her blog said: “Porcelain is a champ of shrugging off water. It may sound simple, but a porous material will allow liquid and bacteria in, so being impervious to both is important in a structure that’s main job is to deal with waste. The key to keeping water out, is in the porcelain glaze. After the toilet is coated, it’s fired in a kiln. Unlike, say, grout in a shower, which takes on both water and bacteria, the glaze stops bacteria at the toilet’s surface.”

A defective toilet is a bad thing no matter where you are when you need one.

In public restrooms it can be particularly annoying and unsightly so that is why Team JaniWrap invented and sells temporary out-of-order covers that can be used until the fixture can be fixed.

They are beautiful, do not take away from the overall appearance of the restroom, and are easy to apply.

People ask Team JaniWrap all the time: “Can you tell me why your temporary covers adhere so well to porcelain restroom fixtures?”

I always tell them: “It’s a proprietary blend of adhesives designed for instant tack, long adhesion, and clean release.”

Go here to find out more about our Temporary Out-of-order Covers

COVID-19 and Public Restrooms

COVID-19 and Public Restrooms

COVID-19 and Public Restrooms

COVID-19 and Public Restrooms   

 

Social distancing affects everyone in most buildings and locations including the public restroom.  In an effort to maintain six-foot physical distancing in restrooms, the creativity of man, or lack thereof, are on public display as these photos authenticate.  

For nearly a decade, JaniWrap Toilet Covers has set the standard in restroom aesthetics when a malfunctioning toilet, urinal or sink is temporarily removed from service.

JaniWrap was the first and only beautiful and effective method of taking a fixture offline until repair could be made and continues to be the preferred choice of schools, medical facilities, shopping malls, arena’s, airports and Fortune 500 companies worldwide. 

With the advent of the global COVID 19 pandemic, JaniWrap is currently being used to remove perfectly good toilet fixtures form service in response to private and governmental physical distancing mandates – who would have thought?

nterestingly, England was the foreteller of things to come in the U.S. when JaniWrap’s United Kingdom distributor CS4UK reported a dramatic increase of orders for JaniWrap Cover Kits in response to their own social distancing requirements. 

It was at this time that new Not In Service Due To Social Distancing labels were created to notify and encourage physical separation in a visually pleasing and effective manner.

These new social distancing labels were soon followed with an oversized version of the same label made of vinyl and designed to release clean and easily from all substrates. 

These labels are for use without the JaniWrap Cover and are used on sinks, drinking fountains, hand dryers, and anywhere the notification label is helpful.  

In addition, JaniWrap’s aluminum Not In Service signs continue to be used in Class A buildings and similar sites benefitting from their distinctive look when hanging from toilet stall doors. 

They come with their own storage case to protect them when not in use and are an effective tool for any facilities department to have at their disposal.

JaniWrap is proud to be an integral part of a positive first impression a restroom visitor has in your building, establishment or property – rest assured, we are committed to serving you well into the future.

Go here to find out more about JaniWrap and what we sell in the way of Public Restrooms.

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COVID-19 and Public Restrooms

JaniWrap Out of Order Urinal Covers. 

Keeping Restrooms Beautiful.

We ensure your restrooms appearance is not compromised when a urinal or toilet needs to be removed from service.

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