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April 2017

3 Ways to improve your business' toilets

Written by Nicole Horne
Workplace Hygiene, Cleanliness and Hygiene

If you run a business, you will already be well aware of the importance of making a good first impression on your customers. You may insist that your staff wear a smart uniform, perhaps you rent an impressive looking office or send employees on customer service training so you can offer the best possible service.

One area that often lets companies down however is the standard of their bathroom facilities. Although the toilets are unlikely to be your top priority, chances are that every time a customer visits your premises, they will pay a visit to the bathroom.

Here are 3 ways you can be sure that your customer toilets will leave a lasting impression for all the right reasons:

1. Ensure bathrooms are clean and tidy

We may not pay much attention to a standard, clean bathroom but you can guarantee that people will notice a dirty one. Make sure that all bathrooms are cleaned at the end of every day. This may seem excessive but when you think about how many staff and customers use them every day, it really doesn’t take long for dirt to accumulate.

2. Provide a hygienic bathroom environment

A hygienic bathroom not only looks better, it also reduces the risk of bacteria spreading and staff and customers contracting illnesses. Aside from regular cleaning, there are a number of things you can do to make your office toilets more hygienic:

  • Soap dispensers: It’s essential to provide soap so that people can wash their hands properly. One way to further improve hygiene is to use no-touch soap dispensers. The fewer things people have to touch in a bathroom, the better.
  • Hand drying: Few people are aware of this but wet hands can harbour just as much - if not more - bacteria than unwashed hands. Whether it’s paper towels or hand dryers, make sure that these facilities are always available.
  • Bins: If you don’t want paper towels and other rubbish left lying around, ensure there are plenty of waste bins for people to use and empty them regularly.
  • Sanitary bins: Feminine hygiene waste disposal allows businesses to discard of sanitary waste in a safe, sensitive and environmentally friendly manner. Not only is this important to prevent bacteria and illnesses from spreading, it also ensures that you’re complying with South African regulations.
  • Sanitary bins: One of the most dangerous place in a woman’s bathroom. Even if they’re emptied daily and cleaned every once in a while, they pose the greatest health risk in a bathroom which is why it’s so important to use a professional disposal service.

3. Think about the little touches

It’s one thing making sure that all the essentials are there but it’s also important to remember the little things too. Making sure that there’s always toilet paper, soap and somewhere to dry your hands can have a huge impact on how people view your bathroom.

Other nice little touches which often go a long way include a fresh bouquet of flowers, a pleasant scent to represent your brand, hand moisturiser and soft towels.

To get a quote or find out more about Initial hygiene services,contact us and get more information and find out how we can improve the hygiene in your entire office.

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Nicole Horne

Nicole Horne

Nicole is a Digital Marketing Executive at Rentokil Initial Hygiene in Johannesburg. A self-proclaimed germaphobe, her love for hygienic environments and curiosity of all things “beneath the surface” fuels her enthusiasm for writing about the impact of germs in the workplace. She is passionate about creating awareness and sharing her knowledge on the impact of good hygiene practices. Follow Nicole on Twitter and LinkedIn for updates on the the good, the bad and the germy.

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