Ideal Standard, a leading brand of innovative and design-driven bathroom solutions, has revealed the results of Irish research which show some interesting facts about what Irish people think about their Nations public toilets.
The Ideal Standard Public Toilet survey, which investigated Irish people’s experiences of public toilets, shows that 66% of Irish people try to avoid public toilets due to the majority of people finding them to be dirty and unhygienic. 2/3’s of respondents who do resort to using public toilets admitted they only do so as they have no other option.
However while the majority of respondents will do everything they can to avoid public toilets, over 80% of those surveyed said they would not bring it to management’s attention if they felt an establishment’s toilets were not up to scratch, instead they would keep quiet and remember to avoid those particular toilets in the future.
The people surveyed picked the following as their top 3 public toilet necessities:
1 Plenty of toilet paper
2 A clean toilet seat
3 A door that locks
In order to combat the dreaded dirty urinal Ideal Standard has come up with an innovative design to reduce the splash back. The HygienIQ urinal reduces splash back by 90% compared with traditional urinals, therefore reducing the bacterial growth and the smell which comes with it. The respondents also denied borrowing toilet paper from public toilets – 78% said they have never borrowed toilet paper from a public toilet to bring home.
The survey also showed that 47% head straight to the last cubicle if they have the choice. 90% avoid the first cubicle, assuming incorrectly it is the most used and therefore the lease hygienic. However, they don’t stay long, with 96% of people saying that they would not take time out in a public toilet to read a book or a magazine.
A small majority felt that toilets in a pub or a restaurant should be for patrons only but an overwhelming majority (85%) disagreed with charging and providing a concierge. Ideal Standard believes bathrooms should be a relaxing space which allows people to escape the daily hustle and bustle. They have designed a range of suites which allow the space to be used in a number of different ways; to relax, get ready, share a moment and so much more.
Jenny Smith, Media Relations Manager with Ideal Standard says, “We are not surprised that nearly 2/3’s of people avoid public toilets. The bathroom should be a sanctuary where you can relax, get ready, enjoy some alone time and so much more. The importance of ‘me time’ is key and helps us push forward to design bathroom solutions that meet the different needs and desires that come with each life phase”.