Small can be beautiful.

8 Tips to make the smallest toilet professional

Dawson Lounge Dublin and small toilets

Recently I was in the smallest bar in Dublin.  Although the bar was tiny, the toilets were reasonably sized. But not every business has the luxury of large spaces for toilets and in many cases one toilet will be used by all staff and customers alike.

So what can be done to make a small toilet look ‘professional’?

  1. Make sure there is a sign on the door many small businesses just don’t bother!
  2. Get rid of any carpets or mats around the toilet. These are only (just) acceptable in a domestic environment but not in a professional one.
  3. Install a sanitary bin: these can be fitted in the smallest of toilets and will reduce embarrassment and prevent blockages.
  4. Try to get consistency in the dispensers having a matching soap, toilet roll and paper towel dispenser.
  5. Do not use linen (domestic) towels. Use paper and have a waste paper bin in the toilet or alternatively install a hand dryer.
  6. Use a cleaning product that has a light fragrance (not bleach or pine disinfectant) heavy fragrance gives the impression you are masking smells as opposed to a ‘clean’ smell.
  7. Clean the toilet, sink and surfaces EVERY day.
  8. Use an air freshener that reflects your business.  A  hotel or guest house may use a fresh linen for example.

It is safe to say that all businesses are reflected by their toilets from 5 star hotels to the smallest accountancy office.  The impression you give visitors is important and great toilets can make or break a decision on whether to recommend or indeed come back for another visit.

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Should we pay for public toilets?

Public Toilets – Free or Pay for the Service

I have already written several times about public toilets and the provision of them.  Whilst in Auchterarder today I thought I would pop in and have a look. Yes the place is a bit dated but overall the toilets were clean and had a pleasant fragrance. There was paper towels available and two (very old) hand dryers.

Auchterarder Public Toilet

Were the facilities ‘world class’?  Not really, were they worth the 30p entrance fee?  Well if I was desperate I am sure that I would have happily paid.  Did the 30p cover the wages of the attendant sitting in the booth and handing me and little orange ticket?  Probably not.

So here is a thought, especially for Perth and Kinross Council but appropriate for most councils.  Why not remove the need for a permanent attendant and implement an honesty box?  Yes, have someone to open and close the toilets as well as clean, check and restock but why not let the public pay what they see fit.   Maybe I am too generous in my opinion of people but I think that many folk would pay a little more if the place is clean, tidy and smells pleasant.  Any money made could be reinvested in things such as decent hand dryers and heaters as well as maintenance and repairs.

Having great public toilets is essential.   Scotland has a massive tourist industry and providing easily accessible and well maintained public toilets go a long way to supporting that industry.   An added bonus is that many smaller businesses locally enjoy additional footfall when a weary traveller decides to take a break.

Any comments gratefully received.