Renovating the Office Restroom for a Better Employee Experience

toilet cubicles

With hundreds of employees entering and exiting the restroom on your office floor every day, it’s bound to get beat quickly. Tile flooring can get detached, sinks can get clogged, and toilets can get grimy, especially if you don’t address them promptly.

A clean office restroom doesn’t only reflect your company priorities but also raises the morale of your employees. Read on to know what parts might need mending, and how to go about it.

Fix the bathroom floor tiles

As soon as you see a cracked tile, set the date to replace it. Uneven flooring or random gaps can make your employees trip or fall.  Make sure your tiles completely stick to the concrete with epoxy floor sealers. In Utah, industrial-grade epoxy products are available to keep your tiles fixed into the concrete firmly. Afterward, re-apply grout and an epoxy finish.

To avoid slipping and to get rid of any bad smell, too, make sure your vent fan is operational, so the floor dries up faster.

Put the plumbing back in order

A building’s plumbing architecture can get pretty complicated, especially if your office is on a high floor in a multi-story building. Possible faucet malfunctions point to low to no pressure at all due to a leak, or mineral build-up. If it’s the latter, detach the faucet and clean the diverter valve or the aerator to remove what’s clogging it. If the problem persists, it might be best to contact the office administrator or a commercial plumber.

Keep the toilets running

flushing the toilet

Toilet problems in the office fall under three things: it’s not flushing all the way, it’s taking too long to flush, or it isn’t flushing at all.

If it’s the first one, then it’s probably clogged. Slightly pull out the flapper valve; you can confirm the clog if the water isn’t going down. When de-clogging a commercial toilet, use a toilet snake or an auger and not powerful chemicals. These chemicals don’t always work, and if they do, they can cause commercial plumbing to corrode faster.

If it’s the last two, inspect the toilet instrument first. The water valve should be open,  and the flapper and lift chain is adjusted correctly. Otherwise, it might be a low-pressure problem, and you should raise it to whoever has access to the plumbing system.

Patch up the stall partitions

Stall partitions provide privacy in a high-traffic restroom, so of course, you have to prioritize making sure they are in tip-top condition. Before beginning your renovation, make sure you have all the necessary parts similar to real door: wall and floor brackets, hinges, joints, jambs, and of course, the panels.

To avoid replacing the partitions too soon, it’s recommended to install solid plastic panels or stainless steel panels. They may be more expensive, but these are the most durable and wear-resistant partitions.

Make sure the machines are working

Don’t forget to fix all the other necessary bathroom fixtures. Repairing your soap dispensers and tissue holders should only require tightening their screws, replacing springs, and fastening them in place.

It’s the electrical appliances that might take some time, such as air ionizers, hand dryers, and electronic toilet flushes. These are mostly motion-activated, so you should always wipe their sensors every day to keep them clean. For malfunctions, refer to the appliance manuals or contact a commercial electrician.

Make your employees’ bathroom breaks worthwhile by keeping your restroom fully-functional at all times. Repairs should be done quickly, or you risk spending more money on more complex repairs and renovations.

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