Are You a Clean or Dirty Restroom User?

Are You a Clean or Dirty Restroom User?

Are You a Clean or Dirty Restroom User?

By Wally Habben

This is how I propose we solve the “Who gets to use which bathroom?” problem:

Dirty Bathroom Users: They go on the floor, and they certainly don’t wash their hands well, if an attempt is made at all. They touch everything before leaving (including the only handle available to open the exit door).

Clean Bathroom Users: Everything goes inside the porcelain. They always use the paper cover on the seat (no matter how difficult it is to place correctly). They flush the toilet with their shoe. They put the toilet seat down.  They wish to wash their hands with soap and hot water. Finally, they use a paper towel to touch the door handle as they leave.

With two young boys (one potty-trained & one in training) and a conscious effort to drink more than one gallon of water/day myself, I frequent public restrooms.

Until my sons get full control, they will sit down to use the bathroom.

Unfortunately, this means their soft, innocent little hands touch a lot of the seat and adjacent wall.  Disgusting!  Even worse, after completing their business, they typically struggle to reach the sinks, and I must either set them up on the dirty counter or prop them between myself and the edge of the counter to wash their hands. And wash their hands with what? Water that is usually cold to lukewarm at best, and does nothing to rid the bacteria.

Now, even if by God’s grace we managed to get all six of our hands satisfactorily washed clean and dried, how do we open a door that swings in and still keep all our hands clean?

Where on that door can I grab?

Is there a handle on that door that doesn’t contain a previous dirty bathroom user’s residue?

I challenge business owners and managers (who don’t keep a restroom attendant posted in each bathroom for 100 percent of business hours) to provide cleaning/antibacterial products for users of their facilities to clean up

after themselves (or for clean-conscious users to attempt to clean a spot before use).

Keep in mind, some of the dollars you get to count before whistling on the way to the bank will come from hands that utilized your restroom facilities.

DIRTY bathroom users or CLEAN bathroom users — that’s what the door labels will say. Which door is it that you are qualified to enter?

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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.