For COVID Ready Restrooms – Go Touchless for Everything – Including User Feedback
COVID-19 has changed the world, yet it remains to be seen if our new behavioral changes will end up benefiting society after this pandemic is over. One area that has already seen dramatic changes is in personal hygiene. People are taking notice of how often they touch their face and how often they wash their hands. This is causing businesses to change how they clean and disinfect their facilities, including their restrooms. In this post, we will review these changes and why going touchless everywhere, including with your restroom feedback, can make your customers feel more comfortable – in a post COVID environment.
The Public is Far More Hygiene Conscious
Several studies have already shown that the public is becoming more hygiene conscious because of COVID-19. This is largely due to the constant messaging that governments have employed to make citizens more aware of COVID-19, and of the additional rules governing social and personal hygiene.
An Australian study shows that a large percentage of people surveyed had started using at least one of the hygiene-related or avoidance behaviors recommended by the government. This shows that the public, at least in Australia, has become more hygiene conscious. However, it is a safe assumption to assume that these results would be very similar in many European countries and in the United States.
Experts Say Don’t Use Touchscreens
As hygiene awareness increases, one technology that may be in decline would be public touchscreens. These are the touchscreens that are used to order at fast-food restaurants or check-in at the airport. We now know that they could be full of potential viruses and bacteria. With people becoming more hygiene conscious, there will be less motivation and more nervousness to use these technologies.
In fact, a study conducted in the United States and the United Kingdom showed that 50 percent of the population did not believe that touchscreens were hygienic.
The same study also showed that around 80 percent of people were confident that touchless interfaces – like their own cell phone, would give the users more protection and ultimately would be more hygienic.
Whatever happens in this space, it is safe to say that people are becoming more concerned when it comes to using public touchscreens, wherever in a business they encounter them. This means businesses will also have to learn to adapt to this new public aversion to using touchscreens.
With COVID – the importance is even greater. As business start to reopen there is an emphasis on restroom management. As reported recently in CNN, restroom safety is the number one concern – a roadblock that has to be cleared before normal business returns.
Bathroom safety was our customers number one concern for re-opening – Autorama movie theaters
This Includes the Restroom – 5 Recommendations from Bradley
Public restroom hygiene has always been a cause for concern. Moreover, the great majority of Americans have plenty of bad experiences in germ-filled smelly and unsightly public restrooms. With a more hygiene aware population, one area that will see some changes, is in the restroom. Restrooms are commonly associated with being dirty places, and people are going to want to take extra precautions to use public restrooms. Here are the five recommendations from Bradley that will make people feel more comfortable when they are using public restrooms.
1. Post Signage to Improve Hygiene
When it comes to posting signs in the bathroom, they should focus on being a friendly reminder to wash your hands for 20 seconds. This alone can go a long way in helping to stop the spread of viruses and bacteria.
2. Increase Cleaning, Sanitization, and Restocking
With a more hygiene conscious population, it is important to increase the number of times the bathroom is getting cleaned. This is more critical for areas of the bathroom that are continuously being touched.
3. Provide Trash Cans and Hand Sanitizer Near Exits
A survey showed that 65 percent of Americans use a paper towel to avoid touching doors and faucets in bathrooms. Providing trash cans and hand sanitizer near the exits can help make people feel safer about using the restrooms.
4. Prop Open Doors
Keeping the doors open will increase visibility so that people can maintain a safe distance between one another. This can also help limit the number of contact points that people ultimately end up touching.
5. Offer Touchless Fixtures
Touchless fixtures can help stop the spread easily because people will not be touching the surfaces and then taking those viruses and bacteria somewhere else. A survey showed that 91 percent of Americans believe it is extremely or somewhat important that public restrooms are equipped with touchless fixtures.
These five tips can be implemented easily and make a more hygiene conscious population feel comfortable when using public restrooms and deliver higher standards.
Restroom Feedback Solution – Get Rid of Any Touchscreens and Use the Guests’ Cell Phone
Getting feedback from customers and staff about the state of the restroom is vital. It allows the business to identify areas that it is doing well in but, more importantly, allows it to identify areas that could be improved. Having poor restrooms is really bad for business.
In fact, a survey by Cintas found that 94 percent of adults in America would not do business in the future if they were to encounter a dirty restroom. Therefore, it is very important to get feedback about your bathrooms – but how to do this in an era of COVID and heightened hygiene concern?
Any feedback touchscreen in the bathroom is a bad idea. The general public will assume a hygiene exposure. Instead, businesses should be looking to the cell phone of the restroom user to alert them of anything that needs attention. Touchscreens are unhygienic, expensive, and prone to maintenance issues. Personal cell phones are not – and are now the only device to alert the facility manager to any issue.
Cell phone feedback technologies already exist that do this. Flushcheck for example is a simple restroom alert and management program that is already in over 450 locations and delivers 1-click feedback to the janitorial team if there is an issue with the restroom. The feedback is via the cell phone and via SMS, phone call, web, or QR code – no app needed, so works on any cell phone.
COVID-19 is continuing to change the world that we live in. Some areas are going to see the benefits of COVID-19, and one of those areas is personal hygiene. The public are starting to become more conscious about what they are touching, and identifying areas to live a cleaner life. One area that is going to see a decrease because of this is public touchscreens. Another area is public restrooms.
In the post-COVID-19 world, public restrooms are going to have to be cleaner than ever and more ‘touchless’ than current. Restrooms touchscreens for feedback will no longer be used – so the business should consider a more effective method – the cell phone of the restroom user.