Since Covid burst into our lives and turned them on their heads, hygiene has been in the spotlight considerably more than it has been used to. We all re-learned how to wash our hands, how to keep our spaces clean and how to put hygiene at the top of our list of priorities. And studies this year have shown that the expected hygiene levels in public buildings have shifted. People expect higher standards and a more visible cleaning presence. The concern is no longer just about cleanliness but also about safety.
67% of people in a recent survey said that the quality and hygiene of the toilets is a clear indicator for the general hygiene of a public space. Washroom hygiene has never been more important.
And the key to this will be introducing the right washroom innovation to keep those spaces cleaner and safer for longer.
4 major washroom innovations in FM
A huge part of keeping washrooms hygienic is ensuring that germs and bacteria aren’t spread in the first place. Introducing touch-free elements to washrooms is one way many Facilities Management teams have begun to combat this. Sensors for flushing, for turning on the taps, for dispensing soap. These washroom innovations help to reduce cross-contamination.
Keeping washrooms clean and hygienic throughout the day despite high levels of usage is one of the most demanding jobs of a facilities management team. Intelligent optimisation means teams can ditch frequency cleaning and do things smarter. That means instead of sending in a cleaner every hour they can be more effective. Washroom sensors can show how many people have used the washroom and cleaners are sent in when they’re most needed.
Having a washroom environment that smells pleasant is, believe it or not, a key part of employee wellbeing. And while air filtration does keep bad smells at bay, it does far more than that. It can remove bacteria and pathogens that are in the air, to ensure that the air building users are breathing is safe, clean, and healthy.
Antibacterial door handles, push plates and handle covers use embedded silver ions. The ions kill any micro-organisms deposited on the surface. 80% of infections are spread predominantly via touch. Washroom door handles are amongst the most touched areas in any building, so this washroom innovation is bringing peace of mind to building users.
The future of washroom innovation
As high footfall locations, washrooms are likely to stay near the top of the list of priorities for Facilities Managers. Smart mirrors could be installed to track body temperature, and data analytics will be used to give teams even more insight into health and safety risks., However, as safety concerns begin to die down, the experience of the washroom will become the more important feature. Companies will begin to think about personised experiences such as lighting, sound and even scent. The future of washroom innovation is likely to centre around total wellbeing, making them a destination as much as a necessity.