Breaking Bad Habits – Leaving Drinks & Handheld Items in Washrooms
One of the most common complaints washroom attendants have is that people often come into the washroom with their disposable cups, water bottles, or handheld items, and leave them in the washroom. This is the opposite of washroom hygiene.
Washroom garbage should ideally just be used tissue papers or other toiletries, making recycling easier. It is important to note, though, that leaving items in washrooms isn’t always voluntary. People often place their items on the sink to wash their hands and forget them when going out.
This often happens in public places such as gyms, health clubs, pubs, airports, sports arenas, hospitals, and other such places. This forgetfulness becomes a habit, and in no time, the washroom attendant is swimming in garbage like Nemo in the ocean.
In 2015, a Myth Busters episode named “Hidden Nasties: Nastier Than a Toilet” showed that despite popular belief, there can be sanitary places in your washroom as well. In fact, out of all the places they swabbed, they found the least number of bacteria on toilet seats!
While we aren’t suggesting that you start placing your cups, water bottles, and other items on toilet seats, having a sanitary place to hold on to your things will go a long way in ensuring that things don’t get rendered useless in the washroom or aren’t forgotten.
Setting your cup next to the sink will mean that dirty water droplets might find their way onto it, thus defeating the purpose of you washing your hands.
LedgeMate offers a solution to this by giving people a convenient platform with a large plaque in front, where you can put up a message for the users, to put their cups and other items on. Here, there are no chances of those items getting dirty, thus increasing the chances that people will take them along.
Let’s discuss how this works in detail:
LedgeMate – Helping Reduce Washroom Garbage
While LedgeMate is just a platform where people using washrooms can place their items, it can help reduce washroom garbage pretty effectively, reminding people constantly not only to wash their hands, but also to take their belongings.
Furthermore, the non-slip, antibacterial grip atop LedgeMate provides protection from all sorts of bacteria, “even proven effective against a strain of coronavirus. The rubber protected grip boasts the following features;
- Proven to prevent harmful bacterial growth by up to 99.99%
- Effective against the feline coronavirus strain
- 24/7 protection inhibits growth of microbes in between cleaning sessions
- Minimizes the potential for cross contamination, and more!
It’s not really necessary for LedgeMate to actually tell users not to forget their items either. If something’s there, people will use it. The same holds true for this bathroom ledge, and since LedgeMate offers something new, something out of the ordinary, the interaction will also mean that they are more likely to remember their items.
Why Do People Forget Items In Washrooms
There are three main reasons why people forget their stuff in washrooms:
To err is human… and what better place to “err” than in a washroom?
Washrooms offer people a safe and secure place to relieve themselves, and you as the owner of the place and said washroom, have the ability to shape their experience in there. It’s true; the more relaxing a place’s washroom is, the better people think of it.
Women take memorable photos, while men just admire the vanities and facilities.
The very essence of a washroom gives off a certain vibe of emergency and being a little ‘preoccupied.’ As people focus on one thing and one thing alone – finding an empty stall – they often place their cups, bottles, and other items on any flat surface they see; even the floor if they see nothing else!
Once relieved, the next urgency starts jabbing their minds; having to wash their hands. And once that is over, next up is quickly re-joining their friends or family, or perhaps rushing back since they might miss crucial seconds of a football match?
In all that urgency, no one will blame you for forgetting your items in the washroom.
However, by giving them a sanitary and prominent platform to place their items, you not only ensure that their items remain hygienic but also that it’s always in front of them.
As the world grapples with an invisible enemy in 2020, businesses and individuals need all the protection they can get, and LedgeMate is a huge leap in the right direction. Get in touch today to get a quote and more information about maintaining washroom hygiene!