Woosh Washrooms

You’re serious about sustainability but don’t know where to start – Steal and improve…Here’s how.

What do we mean by steal and improve?

Research what other industry leaders are doing. Find out if it’s working (because at this point in the sustainability crisis, no matter who you are, it’s all still a work in progress…). Consider whether it applies to your business. Then replicate and or improve that methodology/practice.

Firstly, get your resources right.

One of our very informative resources was attending the third annual sustainability event; edieLIVE. A great event which combined exhibitions, seminars, advice clinics and included shared results from other businesses implementing sustainability and ways to measure how it can benefit your business.

Our intention was learning as well as market research. That’s essentially what edieLive was about (in our opinion anyway). edieLive was perfectly aligned with our ambitions as a supplier wanting to find more ways of being environmentally savvy with our products and the service we offer. For us and our customer’s peace of mind.

Head of Environment, Oliver Rosevear, and Sustainability Manager, Jodi Wheatley represent Costa Coffee. ‘Making Circular Real: Driving internal engagement on resource efficiency.’


Seminar speakers came with detailed case studies and analytics of how they prioritised where to start when it came to their contribution to being more sustainable. Some started with their energy use, others with the onward journey of the waste they or their consumers produced.



What we could all steal (Uhm… replicate.)


An awesome example was from Tesco’s Energy Manager, Rebecca Douglas. Rebecca gave a detailed overview of Tesco’s approach to reducing their energy use on a massive scale.

Rebecca Douglas, Energy Manager for Tesco, talks about energy behaviour change in retail.

Rebecca shared the concept of ‘energy profiling’ across their stores. This can also apply to ‘waste profiling’. They analysed where they can make the most impact on reducing their energy use and as a result, ended up saving money.

Rebecca did reference the small matter of implementing the behavioral change with staff on the ground (in this case, the bakery staff) over the six week trial.

They managed to gain more control and support by engaging with staff in implementing increased reporting from their management staff on this process alone. It worked.

Experiment until you get the right figures.


As a result, Tesco reduced their bakery’s energy use by 12%.  According to Rebecca, they will now be rolling this out across 768 stores with a predicted 9% annual saving on bakery energy consumption alone. A good start right?

From left to right: Rebecca Douglas (Tesco), Dr James Robey (Capgemini), Dr Bernd Leven (Vodafone) and George Richards (JRP Solutions).

Conclusion


Any business, large or small, can adopt this approach. This is where the roles of Facilities Managers, Heads of or even Directors can adopt the concept of ‘energy profiling’, ‘waste profiling’ or even ‘consumer/staff behaviour profiling’.

Collaborate on where your business needs to start first and where you can make the most impact. Get the buy-in from the top, engage with your teams, report and then replicate as you work down the priority order (rinse and repeat). Just like we’re told to do the hardest bits first in pretty much any project.

Our takeaway: Start with where you’re able to make the most impact (from the top down).

You can register to attend edieLIVE 19-20 May 2020 here.

If you’d like more advice on reducing your carbon footprint, check out The Woosh BLooprint. The BLooprint covers water management systems, waste management and the processes that are out there including the waste-to-energy project.

Illustration from Chapter Four of The Woosh BLooprint

Is this something you think you can implement in your business?

If you’re a business about to embark on the journey to sustainability, leave a comment below – your story could inspire more businesses to do the same.

People will avoid certain brands like a bad smell… Don’t let yours be one of them.

No one wants to walk into a washroom that is unclean or missing essential consumables like soap and toilet paper; less still do visitors want to discover an unpleasant smell. Yet malodours are typically the first thing that are noticed by visitors when entering a washroom, setting the course for the remainder of a person’s visit.

We now know that visitors will use the state of a company’s washroom as a benchmark for a business, regarding those with poorly maintained assets and facilities as far less favourable to work with or buy from. Air quality is just one of a number of factors that has an influence on this vital first impression. In many ways, the entire washroom experience stands and falls with the quality of air care, making it one of the most critical features of washroom management, particularly for companies that take their visitors’ perception and overall reputation seriously.  

But why is smell such a big factor?
One answer to this question lies in the world of neuroscience. As an article in Psychology Today points out, the hippocampus, a region of the brain that regulates emotions, is now known as the site in which time-and-place ‘smell memories’ are encoded. This encoding process leaves individuals associating smells with a powerful ‘spatiotemporal’ moment which can be triggered when the individual again encounters an odour in similar or even completely different environments.

This process and the memories that are created are understood to be very difficult to alter or erase, making the washroom air quality challenge all the more important for businesses concerned with setting the right tone. The issue only takes on greater significance when factoring in the huge amount of research that suggests the lopsided power that bad memories have over good ones. In other words, if a visitor has had a bad washroom experience, particularly due to malodour, they are more likely to remember that time more vividly than other more positive occasions.

So how can you assure a positive experience?
And what are the pros and cons of the options available to businesses? Not all air fresheners were created equal and some are better suited to certain cases than others. Let’s take a look at them.   

First up is the aerosol auto-dispenser.
This is found across all different types of washrooms, particularly public loos as they are the most cost-effective way to eliminate bad smells. While these are definitely the most budget-friendly solution, the freshening smell that they dispense will disappear far quicker than other options on the market. They also have a higher impact on the environment. As such, aerosols are likely not the best option for businesses that bring lots of important clients into their offices, or for those that have green aspirations.

Secondly, you have reed diffusers.
These are now a staple in many homes but are increasingly being seen in the washroom environment. Reed diffusers are excellent at sustaining a fragrance, offering all manner of sophisticated smells that are not only easy on the eyes and nose but also friendly to the environment. The downside is their cost due to the heavy use of expensive essential oils and the need to buy multiples for larger washrooms. Businesses should also watch out for kit-style diffuser packs which will likely contain synthetic fragrances that are home to all manner of unsafe chemicals. Diffusers are excellent for executive-level offices and design-conscious companies that want to impress visitors no matter the cost.

Finally, you have cold air diffusers.
These are the most sophisticated option available to businesses yet also the most expensive. Much like reed diffusers, cold air diffusers are now becoming a staple of the modern home but are also being seen in greater numbers throughout the office and washroom environment. Nebulisers will atomise the essential oils that are most often added with water. This mixture is then propelled out of the unit, releasing whatever fragrance or essential oil has been chosen. Some of these products can be noisy, though many are designed to operate as quietly as possible. For Woosh these are a real winner, typically getting the best feedback from customers and visitors to our clients’ washrooms.  

Want to know more about air quality and washroom management excellence? Download our BLooprint here:

Winter Washroom Management

For many, businesses and landlords, winter is often the most challenging season and none more so than for those who are tasked with looking after built assets. Washrooms in particular face the most strain during colder and wetter months, with the increased incidence of cold and flu making them hot (or should that be cold?) beds for the spread germs and bacteria. Heavier rain, ice and dampness also create the perfect conditions for mould and other nasties to spread if facilities are not managed effectively.

It’s not just the spread of bacteria, however, that cause issues for washrooms during winter periods. Heavy rains also allow floors to become sodden trip hazards, and visitors’ footwear can bring in all kinds of debris from the road, especially rock salt that is used in the evenings to reduce the spread of ice on roads and pavements. Without careful maintenance of a washroom facility during winter, organisations can quickly find themselves with a damaged – and not to mention highly dangerous environment to contend with.

Increased humidity and standing water brought in during winter periods can also lead to unpleasant odours in the washroom. For businesses that are regularly bringing in clients and other important people to their offices, this kind of scenario can, as research shows, really put people off an organisation. As our blog on Air Fresheners discussed, it’s a first impression that can be incredibly difficult to change.  

So, what can be done? Luckily, with the right knowledge and understanding all these winter challenges can be solved. Our previous blog on cold and flu season equips organisations with the knowledge they need to fight back against common viruses and bacteria found in bathroom environments (which typically peak during colder weather). Soap dispensers, sanitisers, correct cleaning chemicals, hand towels vs. paper towels – all this and more can be found in the first edition of the BLooprint which is due to be released mid-February.

As for reducing debris and standing water within the washroom environment, it’s often more than simply running a mop over the floor throughout the day. Some of the best equipped washrooms now have specially designed textile and non-textile matting placed at entrances and exits to keep foreign objects out of the bathroom, helping to reduce damage on the flooring and, most importantly, keep the environment more hygienic.

Finally, keeping a washroom smelling fresh and pleasant during winter need not be an added hassle. As our previous blog on air fresheners showed, there are now a range of air care options available to businesses at different price points that not only keep restrooms smelling fragrant but also help to elevate the standard of an organisation’s built assets.

The ‘BLooprint’ – our landmark document for effective washroom management – will show that washrooms are often considered the touchstone of a building, prefacing the entire building experience for visitors. FM ‘guru’ Martin Pickard, a self-confessed toilet obsessive, regards the washroom as the single place which indicates whether or not an organisation has its affairs in order. Of course, getting a washroom clean is one thing; putting a strategy in place, especially during winter months, is another. This is why we’ve created the BLooprint. It gives readers a handy reference for everything washroom management, allowing facilities to shine no matter the weather.

Look out for the ‘BLooprint – Edition 1 The Facilities Manager’s Guide To Effective Washroom Management.’ Chat to one of our Wooshologists if you’d like to get your eyes on a copy today.

If you’d like more advice on best practice during the colder months and the management of your washroom facilities, speak to a Wooshologist on 0203 876 5616 or email hello@wooshwashrooms.com

Flu season… An expensive season for some businesses.

Autumn and winter signals many things: the changing of the seasons, leaves falling off the trees, receding daylight and, of course, Christmas. But the long cold nights also bring with them an increased incidence of cold and flu. Indeed, for many, the move from autumn into winter marks the beginning of ‘cold and flu season’.

Public washrooms are often considered a main offender in the spread of cold and flu. It’s hardly surprising when you consider just how many people use these facilities day to day. They are often cramped, poorly ventilated rooms with little in the way of infection prevention. Thousands of people breath in the same air and make use of the same fixtures – toilet roll holders, sinks, soaps, towels, taps and so on. It seems like only a matter of time before a visitor picks up something. 

According to the Centre for Economic and Business Research, absences from work equate to losses of around £18bn in the UK every single year – and that number looks sets to rise to a staggering £26bn by 2030. 

While the common cold and influenza virus only make up a portion of that figure – minor illnesses accounted for 24.8% of all sickness absences in 2016 – the numbers still demonstrate a need for diligence from both individuals and the people who manage public restrooms.

Cold and flu viruses are mainly spread via coughs and sneezes. Poorly cleaned surfaces also pose a risk, especially when an infected person touches something and hasn’t washed their hands thoroughly. Colds usually go away by the themselves, but flu can be much more serious and is thought to result in the deaths of around 500,000 people worldwide each year. 

Because these viruses are mutating all the time, it’s almost impossible for some to immunise people fully. Vaccines help those that are most vulnerable, but no inoculation is comprehensive to guarantee full protection.

Research has shown that viruses can survive on surfaces for up to 24 hours. This means a person who coughs or splutters in the washroom is highly likely to pass on their illness to another visitor. And, of course, the more people that use a washroom, the more likely it is that an infection will spread. Somewhat alarmingly, medical literature has also revealed that germs spread through the air via hand dryers and toilet flushes. 

Unsurprisingly, in this study bacteria were found in much higher quantities within public washroom environments, with sinks and handles proving the worst offenders. Human immune systems are very good at combating the worst of these nasties but, as Dr Nuala O Connor, GP says “Washing your hands is one of the easiest ways to protect yourself and others from getting sick with vomiting, diarrhoea, coughs, colds, sore throat, flu, in fact almost all infections.”

Thorough hand washing is, and always will be, the first line of defence for fighting cold and flu. There are, however, many things that washroom management provider can do to join the fight. Beyond meticulous and well managed cleaning rotas, owners can install automatic systems to reduce the need for individuals to touch surfaces. 

Enclosed dispensers will also eliminate having to fumble around in search of consumables. Hand hygiene facilities should be made widely available to eliminate infection at source.  

Get in touch with us to see how else we can help turn the tide against cold and flu in your workplace. Or take a look at our range of hygiene products and dispensing solutions here.

Loos with views…

They may be small, but their importance isn’t to
be underestimated, for loo’s with views can
increase property value.

Whether it be in the workplace, retail or hospitality, washrooms are a key
expression of the company values. Organisations that value and understand
the power of first impressions will go above and beyond to impress. High-
end washroom countertops, top-notch fixtures and spectacular views all show
your attention to detail and highlight your level of commitment. Believe it or
not, loos with views command higher rent too.

To inspire and convince you, here is a roundup of some of the most unusual
of toilets, boasting the most striking of views. Be it in an office building,
public facilities, or a seemingly inconspicuous coffee shops, loos with views
are there to steal the show.

We have a personal preference (hint, it involves two-way mirrors), but what is
yours? Share your favourite on our Twitter page.


Mumin Papa Café – the women’s bathroom is built into an aquarium,
Akashi, Japan.


The toilets inside The Shard boast stunning views of London


Toilet perched over a disused 15-story elevator shaft,
Mexico


The JR tower in Japan is equipped with
panoramic urinal views.


Commerzbank headquarters – urinals with a view over Frankfurt

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Don’t Miss A Sec’, two-way mirror glass public toilet in London,
Monica Bonvicini.

Because it wouldn’t be fair if the gents at the Shard didn’t enjoy similar
London views as the ladies…

 

 

4 Ways to make your workplace healthier and more productive

As humans we all become stuck in our ways, it’s natural! When it comes to workplace wellbeing some of us are happy to carry on in our corporate world, just the way we always have. Well, wake up people! Times are changing so we’ve come up with 4 easy ways you can boost your workplace productivity whilst being a lot healthier…no, it doesn’t involve an expensive office re-design or fancy desks! Read on…

Walking Meetings
The mid-afternoon meeting (the one that’s never productive)… infamous for smartphone checking, doodling, and daydreaming (…dare we say napping?). You don’t need a meeting pod to spur your creative thinking! Go for a brisk walk around the block with a couple of colleagues to get the creative juice flowing. Not only do meetings like these get you your 10,000 steps and Vitamin D but they’ve also been proven to improve employee relations and boost energy levels. Happy staff = hard working staff.

You don’t need a meeting pod to spur your creative thinking!

We’re not asking you to abolish all sit-down meetings (sometimes they’re necessary), but every once in a while…why not!

Office Plants
Although having loads of plants hanging around can remind you of your Grans greenhouse- they’re actually great for office spaces. We advise starting small, a little plant on your desk (here at Woosh we’re loving cacti at the moment!) is enough to boost oxygen and make your desk feel a little funkier! They’re brilliant little things and have been proven to make people calmer, happier and… improve productivity and creativity!

Proven to make people calmer, happier and… improve productivity.

If you’re looking for a company to brighten your office space with some more impressive plants then we can recommend Planteria Group check out their website here! They have multiple options from flowers, plants and tiny trees (even cacti!).

Don’t go crazy, no one wants to work in the jungle (asides from Bear Grills). A small plant here and there will do the trick and liven up your office in a flash!

Healthy Eating
This sounds cliché and well, maybe it is- but we’re going to mention it anyway! We all need snacks throughout the day to keep mood and energy up – that’s not rocket science. If your office has a vending machine, what does it sell? Let us guess: Crisps, chocolate, sweets, fizzy drinks and maybe water if you’re lucky! (We’ll be stoked if you tell us we’re wrong about this.) This is why people find it so difficult to lose the pounds when snacking at work, the snacks they reach for are far from healthy. If you manage staff, listen up! Sugary highs end with lethargic lows and we all know what that does to productivity…Uh uh- kills it!

We all need snacks throughout the day to keep mood and energy up.

As an employer, staff will thank you for providing healthy snacks every day of the week. It can be as simple as some fruit or a granola bar- no one’s judging, we all start somewhere.

Here’s a list of some great companies that will deliver healthy snacks directly to your office, to save you the bother:

> Fruitdrop (www.fruitdrop.co.uk)  – These guys are great for delivering you fruit, milk and their ‘Nutribox’. In this box, you’ll find gluten-free snacks that are designed with the perfect balance of protein, carbohydrate, and fat to reduce sugar cravings and help everyone feel fuller for longer! Psst…they also deliver to residential addresses.

> Snack Nation (www.snacknation.com) – They say ‘Delicious healthy snacks for awesome offices’… We say ‘Yes please!’. They will help you choose the right plan for your office size and guarantee 50% snack rotation so no snack boredom if you choose the Snack Nation crew. They provide you with a great variety of anything from Matt’s Mango Munchies to Complete’s Chocolate Chip Cookie (a healthy one obvs!). See for yourself.

Get Up And Get Moving
If you’re lucky enough to have a gym at your place of work, use it! The benefits of exercising regularly have been proven many times- you don’t need us to tell you this (4 Reasons why exercising boosts productivity at work? Click HERE!). If you’re lacking the motivation, you’re not alone! Luckily we have the solution…team up with your work buddies. Take on the gym together (no, not Jim from IT, leave him alone) there’s power in numbers and someone to hold you accountable is an added bonus.

Take on the gym together… there’s power in numbers and someone to hold you accountable.

No gym? No excuse! Go out walking…a 15 min brisk walk is better than nothing. Another idea we’ve seen is a pedometer challenge. Split your office into sections, be it Sales, Marketing, and Finance or just into equal groups! Every person has a pedometer (paid for by the company) and at the end of every week/month the group’s steps are counted up. Winning group gets a prize- we’ll leave that to your imagination (wine goes down very well and it’s good for the cholesterol, or so they say and we’re sticking to it).

Humans are naturally competitive, so this is a great way to get fit. Suggest fitness challenges to your workmates like- first to 100 push-ups (or 50). Why not ask if a pull-up bar could be installed on the door frame leading to the breakout room? Little bursts of fitness throughout the day are great for energy levels and productivity, and it saves you getting in your lycra and heading to the gym! Many people are put off by the idea of driving to the gym, getting changed, waiting their turn for the weights or machines (as well as having your every move being watched by someone who practically thinks they’re the Incredible Hulk!).

OK, so the office doesn’t need to be turned into a gym but installing a pull-up bar or a TRX suspension trainer in a relaxed area of the office? It’s not going to break the bank and it’ll get everyone off their butts!

Thanks for reading, we hope this helps you make your workplace healthy, wealthy and wise!

5 Ways YOU Can Help Save The Earth

Are you concerned about the earth? We are too. 

We need to face the facts, take joint responsibility and find ways to form good habits that will help save and preserve the beautiful nature of the planet we call home.

This is a simple Woosh list to make you earth’s new eco superhero:

Conserve water:

Sounds simple, right? That’s because it is. Wasting water is one of the biggest contributors to making The Earth feel little sad. How can you help? Fix that drippy tap that has been annoying you since the year 2000, don’t wash dishes under continuously running water, don’t over water your lawn- here in the UK we get enough rain to sink a ship- lets use it to our advantage. Use a water collection system in your garden, in times of need- use that supply for watering your lawn. You knew this one was coming, it’s an oldie but a goodie… turn off the taps when brushing your teeth! We are supposed to brush our teeth for 2 minuets, if we all leave the tap running whilst doing our teeth this wastes 6 litres a minuet! So 24 litres per person per day- in other words a lot of wasted water- and that’s just on our teeth.

Compost:

Think about how much food we chuck a year. Reducing the amount of solid waste you produce means less landfill (equals happier Earth). 18 million tonnes of food goes to landfill every year. If we could even compost half the food waste we’d be doing a grand job. Not only does this reduce nasty landfill, the compost also helps our garden grow green and lush.

Plant a tree:

This is so simple. Like Nike says; “Just do it”!

Energy save:

Turn off lights when you’re not in the room (said every dad EVER!). You may be afraid of the dark, but your sofa isn’t (nor is The Earth). Unplug appliances when they aren’t in use. Instead of turning them off after use, just unplug. Make this a habit.

Recycling:

Putting cans and bottles into a different bin really can make a difference.  If an office building of 4,000 workers recycled all of its office paper waste for a year, it would be the equivalent of taking almost 200 cars off the road.  Check out our article on reincarnated sanitary waste and find out what we do with our sanitary and nappy waste here.

So there we are…5 Ways to help you become a true Eco Worrier.

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Want to know why not washing you hands can cost £18 billion?

Do you swear by the ‘Office Bathroom Drill’? Wash hands. Dry hands. Use paper towel to open door. Manoeuvre elbow, leg or hip to move door. Then return to your desk, skin untouched by germs. Hopefully.

Many people admit, that the lengths they go to try and avoid washroom germs can be a little extreme!  Let me ask you a question…How do you flush the loo when out and about? Odd as the question may seem, allegedly two thirds of people flush the toilet with their feet. Yes, you did read that right. With their feet! The other third use toilet tissue, skip the flush altogether or gingerly flush with elbow or finger tips.

The ‘only live once, care free, dare devil’ washroom users that do decide to flush the toilet ‘normally’, may as well have cartwheeled down London’s super sewer. The germs skulking around down there are not the sort you want to meet in the dark, or any time for that matter.

The toilet and toilet flush are always accused of being the bad boys in the bathroom hygiene scene. But what if we were the bad boys (and girls) and didn’t wash our hands properly. Touching the flusher is one issue, washing your hands is another. Maybe you are one of those people that don’t use your feet to flush the toilet, instead use that thing called a hand, to grab the handle and flush. Well, congratulations for using it in the correct way- but you now have your very own germ factory right there on your hands. The warmth and natural moisture of your mitts, is the perfect environment for mass production.

Wash your hands! Squirt of soap. Feebly rub hands together. Quick rinse under a trickle of water. Run them under a hand dryer and good to go! Simples.

Hang on, hang on. These are germs we’re talking about. Big, nasty, bad germs that can have you tucked up in bed before you can say “Woosh Washrooms”.

Washing hands properly is super-duper important. You should be washing your hands for about 15 seconds minimum or the time it takes you to sing happy birthday twice (in your head, please)! This should include between your fingers, your nails, the backs of your hands and thumbs! You’d be surprised how many of these places are missed when washing hands.

Just ponder long enough to consider everyone you interact with. Do they wash their hands? Don’t they wash their hands? You can just imaging the germ ‘rave’ going on in the average UK office. Humans are perfect germ transportation machines.

£18 billion. YES! £18 Billion was the UK expenditure on sick days in 2013! That’s a heck of a lot of wonga just because people are ‘too busy’ to spend 15 seconds on washing their hands. But seriously, 15 seconds, to help save £18 billion. Doesn’t seem a bad little deal. And even if moneys not your thing then who wants to be sick for days or even weeks a year?

Maybe you think this germ thing is being over egged a bit, but listen to this – 80% of all common infections (yes this includes the dreaded cold/flu) can be spread by hands. Germy hands.

If you can eliminate the spread of germs by hands, you can minimise sick days. Any loyal self-respecting employee, health and safety diligent facilities manager or cost conscious boss would want that.

It’s this time of year when the common cold and flu is at its best. Causing havoc with your sinuses, ruining your throat and making everyone head pound and ache with fever. Picture this – you sneeze, reach for a tissue, and dab your dripping nose. You screw the tissue up (rubbing snot and saliva all over your hands, by the way). You then dispose of it in your bin (not a mini tissue mountain on the corner of the desk, we hope) and crack on with your work. You then touch your mouse, keyboard, phone and the pile of paperwork for your manager and also hand back a colleague’s pen that you pinched by mistake earlier. You have just started a chain of contamination. Well done! Germs from your hands are rocking and rolling all over the office.

That is why hand sanitiser is an office must have. To find out the multiple benefits of this wonder product you can read our hand sanitiser facts article.

Sanitising, or Wooshing your hands as we like to call it, can nail those germs you may have missed in your 15 second/two-rounds-of-happy-birthday hand washing as well as any nasties you may have picked up on your way back to your desk. We recommend using enough to keep your hands wet for 15 seconds before they start to dry.  Combine a thorough hand wash with a good Wooshing of hand sanitiser afterwards and you’ll take squeaky clean to a whole new level.

With bacteria and germs lurking at every corner we would like to recommend a desktop Wooshing kit. A super sanitising set which gives you a mini hand sanitiser, a desktop sanitiser and your very own e-cloth. This kit is capable of blasting germs off both your hands and your desk/mouse/keyboard, meaning you can be germ free.

If you’re serious about your office being germ free and want to avoid people calling in sick, call a Wooshologist on 0800 206 2110.

 

 

What 8,000 people thought about washrooms…

Image image image. We hear more and more about how we look, how we dress and how we do our hair. This means we’re all a little bit more worried about our appearance, but does this rub off onto our surroundings, like our washrooms for example? Apparently not. According to a survey taken by Bradley Corporation there is an increasing dissatisfaction with washrooms.

Here’s a little fact for you facilities managers out there:

‘87% of British people say that having a bad washroom experience leads to a bad impression of your establishment!’

This was a survey of 8,000 people (not just the guy down at the local moaning over a pint). If you break it down a bit you can see that 6,960 of the people asked believed a good washroom really was important. No more thinking, “Having a good washroom isn’t really relevant for my organisation” and a lot more of “If my washroom is great my organisation will benefit”.

When people were asked to express the key solutions to a clean washroom guess what came out on top?

Toilet paper! A nonnegotiable necessity- don’t you think. Enough said.

• Next was soap. Needed to make your hands squeaky clean, and stop all the nasty germs from hanging around.

• Third was paper towels these really are super-duper important and key in saying ‘bye-bye’ to residual contamination (that’s techy speak for the little critters that like to make you ill). With all those germs gone your staff spend less time sick at home in their pjs, and more time at work actually being staff.

Hand sanitiser came next on the list. Surprised? Don’t be. As a Wooshologist I can tell you it’s becoming a ‘must have’ with our clients. In fact, 8 out of 10 people expect to find hand sanitiser in washrooms. (Want to know more? click here)

• Last on the list, but still rated as highly important is the humble hand drier. Known for dead-fast drying these bad boys will get everyone back at their desks working before you can say ‘Rumpelstiltskin’.

A whopping 77% of British respondents said they would rather not use a washroom if it was dirty and smelly! Over 50% said a bad smell would leave a poor impression. If only they knew it took a simple air freshener or air purifier and all their woes would be gone.

Washrooms are not always given the highest priority and we want to know why. Toilets can make a significant difference in the overall impression your organisation makes on staff and, perhaps more importantly customers! That is, if the toilets are sparkling, smell fresh as a daisy and allow for people to be as clean as a bean after using them. Otherwise the first impression of your building won’t be as great- and we all know first impressions count.

Want to upgrade your washrooms from grime scene to clean scene? Give a Wooshologist a call on 0800 206 2110

Written by Ashlyn-Jane

Hand Sanitiser- What you don’t know!

Many of us use hand sanitiser, we wonder how many of you know why!

We can tell you:

‘80% of common infections can be spread through hands’.

That’s why.

While proper handwashing technique is a vital part of keeping yourself healthy, good old soap and water aren’t always around when you need them (say, when you get an unexpected hug from a runny-nosed pre-schooler on the playground).

That’s where alcohol-based sanitisers come to the rescue. We recommend hand sanitisers that contain between 60 and 80 percent alcohol, this is because they work the best (in other words- exterminate the most germs, they won’t be back). When you’re out and about, and not near a sink, hand sanitisers are the perfect go-to!

If your hands aren’t actually covered with visible dirt, the best way to clean them is to use hand sanitiser, says James Scott, a microbiologist at the University of Toronto. “A sanitiser cleans your hands much better than soap and water, so it reduces the bacterial burden to a much greater extent,” he says. “And your hands tend to stay cleaner longer than if you were to compare with regular hand washing.”

We recommend you scrub your hands thoroughly using soap and water (if a sink is available!), a little guide is to sing happy birthday twice while you wash (it’s entirely up to you whether you do this in your head or out loud). After germ and visible dirt busting it’s time to prolong the bacteria-free status of your hands. Squirt a generous dollop of hand sanitiser into the palm of your hand and rub together. It should take around 15 seconds for them to dry, if it doesn’t take that long, you may not have used enough sanitiser. You would have heard of the expression ‘less is more’ right? But there is an exception to every rule and hand sanitiser is that exception.

OK, we know sanitiser is awesome on your hands, but did you know about these little hacks:

• Do you use makeup brushes? Imagine the dirt they collect from your skin! You’ve guessed, hand sanitiser can be used to clean through your brushes, limiting the spread of bacteria! Brilliant.

• Ever spilt something on your white shirt JUST before a meeting, hand sanitiser can help! Apply a blob onto the stain and let soak in, then scrub and repeat until the stain has vanished, genius! Of course we don’t want to be responsible for ruining your Gucci goods, so test on a small unnoticeable patch first.

• 95% of mobile phones have bacteria on! Some say our phones have more diverse types of bacteria than a loo seat- seriously guys! We touch money, door handles, other people, keyboards, food…and then… we reach for our phones. It’s no wonder they’re breeding ground for nasty germs and grease. A small squirt of sanitiser onto a tissue, perfect for de- griming our phones.

• If you wear glasses, like me, you’ll know the real issue of smeary and greasy specs! Everyone I know who has glasses gets fed up of peering through grimy lenses. Apply sanitiser to the lenses and rub with a soft cloth. Be sure to clean the frames too, even if you really do believe your nose is squeaky clean.

• Public toilets- everybody’s out-and-about nightmare. Whether you’re a nest builder, like to hover or just steer clear. Here’s your number one sanity saver when it comes to avoiding getting bacteria on your bum! Sanitiser can be applied to the loo seat with some tissue, once it’s dried you can be safely seated to do your deed. Simple!

• Got a pesky pimple rearing its nasty head? Stop that sucker in its tracks with…you guessed again…hand sanitiser. A little (as in teeney weeney) dab on the crime scene will help dry the pimple out and bash-up the bacteria. What more could you want. While a few Wooshologists have tried this- with no adverse effects, we do recommend you consult your GP first. Just in case.

• You’ve got a lovely glass bowl and you start to peel off the label…oh that step isn’t so simple. Peel is the wrong word – more like pick, scrub and scratch. Even if you’re triumphant in removing the label, you’re often left with an icky patch that is quite comfortable where it is, thank you very much. Bingo! This is where we get a bit of sanitiser which kicks ass and allows you to wipe away the sticky residue! Stress free label removing. Check. Oh and you get to keep your nails in tack too.

So now you’re wondering how to get hold of this stuff, or you should be anyway! Give a Wooshologist a call on 0800 206 2110 and check out some of the options below…

Written by Ashlyn-Jane