Public restrooms are visited by lots of people every day. In a jam-packed areas like hospitals, airports and F&B outlets or even thousands of people may use a given public restroom in a single day. Maintaining a safe and sanitary public restroom for employees and visitors or customers is critical, but how can you make sure your bathroom stays clean? How do you clean the toilets, the urinals and even the fixtures?
To most of us, a clean toilet is a paramount concern when we go to a public or any sanitary facility. On top of that, people all over the world have increasingly high expectation for these areas. This scenario leads to new innovation have been made in hygiene products and concepts. Let’s take a closer look to 5 remarkable trends that reshape the future of our hygiene industry in Malaysia.
1. Develop platform or mechanism to create an excellent customer experience
Froom soothing background music or an air freshener dispenser that spreads fresh aroma, it must be able to be valued and measured by our customer for our continues improvement. Businesses do whatever they can to make a visit to the toilet as pleasant as possible. Another increasingly common trend is a ranking device that allows you to rate your toilet experience via a display. That is not only good for users – who get the feeling they are being heard – but also for the party responsible for cleaning the sanitary facilities, since this reveals exactly when visitors tend to be most satisfied and when an additional round of cleaning might be necessary. Nowadays, this ranking device can be found in every toilets at the airport and major shopping complex such as AEON Mall and Mid Valley.
2. Smart and innovative products for increased efficiency
Checking and restocking one hundred toilet roll holders every single day takes up a huge chunk of a cleaning crew’s time, even though the holder in toilet #100 might not need to be restocked as often as the one in toilet #1. By installing smart products in these areas, cleaning and maintenance become much more efficient. One example is a toilet roll holder with a sensor that notifies the cleaning staff when it needs to be restocked. This eliminates the need to check every single toilet manually, saving vast amounts of time. Smart solutions like this are increasingly common. In addition to smart toilet roll holders, there exist smart versions of almost all components in a sanitary area: from toilet seats to soap dispensers. Our smartphone is the most powerful headquarter to maneuver our daily activities. Tissue paper usage now can be monitored and controlled by our smartphone. As a result, our cleaners can focus to other critical area.
3. Automation for better hygiene solutions.
Plenty of people are repulsed by the thought of using a public toilet. After all, the doorknobs, toilet seats, flush knobs, faucets and towel dispensers are hotbeds of bacteria, aren’t they? Fortunately, more and more of these facilities are being automated. Instead of turning a faucet on and off by hand or pushing the button of a soap dispenser with your finger, all you have to do is wave your hand in front of it. The sensors inside the devices can detect motion. Flush knobs and towel dispensers can be automated in a similar manner, which is great for hygiene. What about the toilet seats? Various studies have shown that these are actually among the cleanest components in a sanitary facility. In fact, the average public toilet seat contains fewer bacteria than your cutting board at home or the handle of your handbag.
Automation not only improves hygiene; it also benefits our planet. Automated flush knobs and faucets that stop automatically reduce water usage. In other areas, sustainability is also becoming an increasingly important factor. For example, the disposable paper towels in towel dispensers are slowly being replaced by towels made from recyclable materials. The products themselves have longer lifespans as well.
For people who lead busy lives, a visit to the toilet has increasingly become a moment of peace and quiet. A gateway to escape the hustle and bustle. Manufactures all over the world makes clever use of this development. More and more public sanitary facilities are equipped with designer elements. Products such as towel, fragrance and soap dispensers are available in a range of colours and with matching designs.