The Portland Loo

Is this the answer for public toilets | The Toilet Expert

I have written a few times now on the decline of the Great British Public Toilet.   Now let me introduce you to a real contender  for a low maintenance replacement.

The Portland Loo
The Portland Loo

It’s called the Portland Loo because it was created in the City of Portland in Oregon USA.  These public loos are simple and sturdy – indeed it is designed to withstand wind gusts up to 140mph – maybe not a problem in the UK apart from the Scottish Islands.

The design is small and the sink is outside – not inside so people spend less time in there.  There are also angled slats so that the police can monitor who is using the toilet without compromising their privacy.   The toilets are lightweight, made of stainless steel and come with graffiti-proof coating in order to require minimal ongoing maintenance, which all sounds great, but are local authorities prepared to provide clean decent facilities and will people use them?

Certainly the folks of Smithers in British Columbia,Canada were extremely excited to be installing one and it made CBC news on 6 January.   Can you see a public loo installation in Scotland making headline news?  No, me neither!

But maybe the next time your local authority closes down a public convenience and sites maintenance and upkeep as the issue, point them in the direction of a Portland Loo

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Snow is falling…….

As Shakin’ Stevens says ‘…children playing, having fun’ but Shakin’ forgets to highlight the slip risks that invariably arrive with the snow, especially on tiled or hard flooring.

For those businesses that have carpeted entrance areas the risk of slips and falls is minimised but the risk of unsightly water damage or salt staining can leave a bad impression as well as unwanted deep cleaning or replacement costs in the spring.

So it is at this time of the year that entrance matting can come into its own.  All of our mats are rubber backed so that any snow melt or grit deposited onto the mat will not soak through to the flooring, the risk of slips and falls is drastically reduced and water damage to the floor/flooring is removed.

I would always recommend to any business if they can install an external scraper mat, not a domestic mat you may have at home the size of A4 piece of paper but a commercial one that will stand up to hundreds of feet being scraped on it daily. A plain scraper mat costs as little as £150 but these can be branded to match your business and a branded option can start from as little as £195. Not bad if you think it will last 18-24 months.

An external mat is just left outside and just needs a brush down every now and again.  Internally I would recommend that you employ an independent washroom services company to provide a two weekly lift and launder service. This essential service reduces damage and slip risk and a basic mat can cost as little as £2.20 a week.

Mats can be made to any design, even HD quality, so if you did want a picture of your dog it can now be done.  The cost to have a bespoke mat created is not as high as you may think but it will depend on the complexity of the design and the size of the mat.  But let’s face it a great entrance mat can enhance any building entrance even one that says something as simple as ‘Welcome’.

We have created all shapes and sizes of bespoke entrance matting over the years and once the design is agreed we can have them installed within 10 working days so even though the snow is falling – it’s not too late to get a great looking entranceway for the worst of the weather.

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