What are the top specifications for a washroom in the leisure sector?
Bring your washroom to life with these handy hints in 2018/19.
In preparation for the Holiday Park and Resort Innovative Show, we ask park owners and managers – what are the top specifications for your washroom?
At peak times, your washroom could be used by a large number of people. They will want to shave, brush their teeth, shower, use the toilet, change their clothes and perhaps even apply makeup and use hand dryers. Therefore, the use of a vanity unit must include additional shelf space for these activities, power sockets and mirrors.
A washroom requires wet and dry areas. It is all well and good to provide shower cubicles, but don’t forget the changing space. Along with an integrated bench and towel hooks, ensure the end-user has the ability to manoeuvre in a dry space.
Good lighting is essential in a washroom, especially if it is open 24 hours in peak season. Consider not only the interior but exterior of your washroom, lighting the facilities entrance and exits. We suggest installing a timer internally with a push button switch and a sensor on the exterior. Both options not only ensure security for the end-user but can cut electricity bills significantly.
Flooring is one of the most important areas of your washroom to keep clean and safe. A washroom floor has a lot of traffic from flip-flops to boots which includes mud and dirt. Non-stick safety flooring is the best option. We recommend a highly durable standard 2mm safety vinyl with capped and coved 100mm perimeter upstands and all welded joints. Not only does vinyl withstand the humid environment of a washroom, but is easier to maintain.
We also recommend trough drains in the shower cubicles, and floor drains in the washroom with a sloping floor gently towards them. Just keep an eye out to make sure they don’t get blocked.
Waste and Water Flow
A huge impact on your washroom is to have fully functional waste and water flow management. You want to be economical by incorporating controlled flow of water but also consider the volume of waste required to cover all your showers, sinks and toilets. If you are planning ahead to upgrade your washroom, make sure your drainage is up to the task. Ideally you need to ensure that water moves away rapidly to prevent backing up and potential flooding.
And let’s not forget the other waste – paper hand towels, packaging from toiletries and other general waste will require a large bin which is emptied and cleaned regularly.
Adequate ventilation is important for any washroom. Not just for the end-users experience but also to maintain hygienic and clean facilities. The installation of extractors can help significantly against damp, mould and mildew.
And finally, as good practice, apply a strict regular checking procedure to monitor the conditions of all areas of the washrooms. This will not only prolong the life of your washroom but allow you to pick up on any signs your washroom may need a refurbishment.