I hate using the loo in public. For the most part, even if they are cleaned on an hourly basis, they are still fairly gross. Or at least exude an element of grossness due to inadequate lighting. Personally, I think the inadequate lighting is there so they don’t have to make sure they clean very well. Which in itself is a catch 22 because unless you can actually see all the “ick”, how can you get it all cleaned up?
I’ve got a few suggestions to make public restrooms a bit better –
1) LIGHTING – make it bright. I don’t want to have to guess if it’s supposed to be that way or if a light is burned out. I want to be able to see if there is a puddle on the floor BEFORE I step in it.
2) FORGO LOW-FLOW – make sure when a person goes to flush the toilet, it’s going to flush. Whatever happened to those ultra-power flushers they had when I was a kid? Now most of the toilets don’t work any better than the ones in houses. It’s one thing to have to reflush after my husband. Another thing completely to have to reflush after a stranger. Is there anything worse than walking into a bathroom with three stalls that ALL need to be flushed before they can be used?
3) SEAT COVERS – these are a MUST people. MUST, MUST, MUST have seat covers. Because if my foot accidentally slips in a puddle I didn’t see because of inadequate lighting while I’m squatting (because really, unless they come up with some sort of antibacterial toilet, I will NOT be sitting on one) and my bum touches an uncovered seat, I might sue. They aren’t that expensive. Most people don’t use them anyway (these are people who will actually SIT on public toilets), but making them available to customers who do want them says you care.
4) Doors to public restrooms should open OUT!!! I *hate* it when I go into a public restroom and the handle is on the INSIDE of the door. I’ve been in public restrooms and had up to 5 people walk out while I was washing my hands without washing their own. They yank the door open by the handle with their icky hands and I’m left standing there wondering what kind of disease I might contract by pulling on that same handle. Because if only 1 out of 5 people is washing their hands and then pulling on that door handle, well, you do the math! If you’re a business and already have your doors installed, at least put a garbage can by the door so those of us who *do* was our hands have some place to put the papertowel we use to open the door. Or better yet, just take the doors off completely unless it’s a one-person bathroom.
I’m thinking maybe there should be more bathroom attendants these days. It would serve a couple purposes – if you run out of toilet paper because you did your business before you checked, someone would give it to you (anyone seen the Seinfeld episode about that topic “Can you spare a square?”). There would always be someone constantly cleaning the toilets. A quick spritz and wipe of the seat each time someone used it and a double check to make sure it actually flushed. More people would probably feel like they *had* to wash their hands if someone was standing there watching. And, if your doors open out, you could supply the bathroom attendant with rubber gloves so they were the one opening the door. The world would definitely be a better place with bathroom attendants!