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Who Really Cares About The Washrooms?

Posted at November 4, 2015 | By : | Categories : Blog | 0 Comment

IMG_1527 Pic of Michael HouangIMG_1527 Pic of Michael HouangAt the September 22nd BCCCA luncheon, Michael Houang – Market Manager for Kimberly Clark did a presentation on Hand Hygiene for the Healthy Workplace – The following is a synopsis of that Presentation. Thank you Michael Houang of Kimberly Clark –

One of the Challenges today : Managing washrooms. That involves labour, Sustainability and green cleaning.
What is your Perception of what washroom should look like what ?
Class a washroom versus steel factory ?
In a way your washroom is your business card.
When people walk into the washroom does it show like a professional business card ?
The state of washroom can make or break an account.
People might think If the washroom is bad what else is bad ?
These days we have to Do more with less. More area to clean with less staff.

Who really cares about the washroom ?

Some of the people who care :

1. The Millennials – Born 1980 – 2005

They value experience!

Money is not the most important thing.

Millennials want today’s work to be an experience and fun!
Millennials want to see positive work environments
Most employees are under 35.

2. One billion women will be entering the workforce …… they want nice amenities !

3. Over next 5 yrs more contractors will be
Coming in to Bldg to rent space and leave again.

Pull there experience from
Different Bldgs so they have higher expectations.
They will complain more if the amenities are not up to par.
Even in a factory now want more now.

4. The Reality : Buildings will crammed with more people
They will not build more washrooms to accommodate more people
So it means more service calls if the washrooms are not kept at a high quality.
If the washroom experience is elevated it will bring the biggest return on your investment and efficiency will increase
By elevating that washroom experience it will bring the biggest return on your investment!

5.Top 3 complaints
A company will keep you based of how well you maintain their washrooms!
If conditions are Unsanitary. Employers are not viewed favorably.
Paper products is only 2-4% of most companies budgets.
Most companies need make a bigger bang !
I Just want a cheap toilet paper they will say……..
They need to do more than that and as a service provider you have to tell them that.
You will get more 80 % people prefer paper towels
New dispensers – more modern looking dispensers.
Paper towels decrease germs by 77%.
A question: Folded towel versus roll towel
Cost savings- with roll towelling
You save 58% labour by using roll towelling
Dried 3 times more per roll compared to multifold
There is 48% less packing with roll towels
Roll towells are 100% compostable
Old air hand dryers blow 194% more germs on your hands
New air hand dryer blows 42% germs back
If you actually touch the air hand dryer machine you might pick up fecal matter on your hands.
Bacteria is on the wall also at this back of the air hand dryer.

6. So as a service provider How do we want to take care of our customers?
Don’t just have a conversation about paper towels Your customers need to know who is end user of their facilities.
Globally we want to deliver the same message
Way to communicate is to tell to wash their hands frequently using hand towels and soap.
You have to communicate this message that you understand their facility
With a New system of wall towel dispensers on the wall that are more attractive people will
Use it!
How can you increase your sustainability ?
Recycled paper costs are going up. Because we are not making as much new paper. So less supplies of recycled paper so price of that paper will go up.
There are some alternative fibres going to be used in the future to make hand towels

One of them Wheat straw. Only the husks will be used so that even People with with gluten allergies will not have a problem.

Bamboo is also another alternatively sourced fibre that will be used instead of paper towels that is coming soon.
Another way to give you more control over washrooms is that your service worker will receive a notice to his phone when the dispenser is empty. Thereby avoiding an annoyed customer phoning because dispenser are empty!

We at Metropolitan use biodegrable Roll Towelling and we would like to have that conversation with you about elevating that washroom experience.