5 Tips to Create a Sophisticated Commercial Bathroom Experience

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There are several ways that you can make the commercial bathroom experience pleasant and enjoyable, rather than routine and unimpressive. As a facility manager, you’ll want to curate a sophisticated space for your occupants when they need to visit the restroom. Most commercial bathrooms are uninspiring and cookie-cutter, without any design implementations to make occupants reflect on how nice or stylish the facilities are. Luckily, there are a few ways to make your commercial bathroom more enjoyable through different designs and materials.

Here are five tips to create a sophisticated commercial bathroom experience for your occupants to enjoy.

Maximizing the Space for Your Commercial Bathroom

Even if you have the space and measurements plotted for the bathroom in your facility, you can still utilize some design tricks to amplify the space, making it a little more open and cozy. No one likes going to a cramped bathroom, so making use of your space is important. Luckily, you don’t have to scrap your original plan to make use of the space.

Using mirrors can help make your commercial bathroom seem a bit larger and more comfortable. Using a lot of mirrors will help amplify the space and by a slight optical illusion, your bathroom will seem bigger. Not only do mirrors take up very little space, but occupants will have plenty of opportunities to check their appearance before continuing their day.

Use Softer Colors and Proper Lighting

Most commercial restrooms have an unnatural feel to them, mainly because of their lack of character and the harsh lights. You can combat this, and make a more comfortable experience for your occupants, by utilizing softer colors as opposed to the bright and bland white. To add to this experience of warming up the room, you should use softer lights rather than the factory-esque fluorescent lights. Not only is it less harsh on the eyes, but it will give the restroom a more inviting feel.

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Increase the Privacy

The key to occupants’ comfort in a public restroom is adequate privacy. This means utilizing materials to eliminate sightlines and design flaws. When it’s time to pick out the stalls, be sure to find ones that can help you decrease the exterior visuals. HDPE plastic partitions like Hiny Hider Partitions® and Eclipse Partitions® will help you reduce the sightlines, and they even have hidden hardware that will simply add to the aesthetics.

Preventing Mold from Ruining the Experience

Of the negative criticisms that occupants have of commercial bathrooms, smell ranks pretty high on the list. There’s nothing as off-putting as unpleasant smells emanating from your restrooms. In order to kill the odors where they stand, you’ll need to utilize materials to help counteract mold growth. Mold grows, and thrives, in humid and moist environments, which make your restroom the perfect breeding ground.

Mold tends to find its way into the core of common partition materials, which end up resulting in awful smells and a pricey replacement. But utilizing materials like HDPE plastic can help you prevent the mold. HDPE is a solid plastic that can resist mold growth and can go a long distance in keeping your restroom smelling fresh and inviting.

Keeping the Restroom Clean

It’s no secret that your commercial restroom needs to be cleaned daily, but there are ways to ensure that it stays fresh for the occupants who will use it. You learned that HDPE plastic partitions can help prevent mold growth, but it’s also beneficial to know that this material is also low-maintenance and easy to clean. Utilizing materials like this not only helps keep the facilities clean, but you won’t have to hold up the restroom flow by blocking it off during maintenance. The cleanup will be quick, easy, and efficient.

Want to learn more tips and tricks on how to make the commercial restroom experience more sophisticated and inviting? Check out our free eBook, Restroom Design for Commercial Facilities, from your friends at Scranton Products.

 

The Right Questions to Ask When Shopping for New Restroom Partitions

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Whether you’re conducting a thorough renovation of your facility’s restrooms or the partitions have succumbed to wear and damage, it’s important to choose the right restroom partitions. There are plenty of options out there, but you don’t want to make the same mistake twice. That’s why you should come prepared with questions so you can make the right decision towards the new stalls in your facility’s bathrooms.

Here’s the right questions to ask when shopping for new restroom partitions.

What Do These Partitions Offer in Terms of Durability?

Regardless of what type of facility you oversee, you’ll want to be sure that you’re choosing reliable materials for your restroom. Durability is important because you want the doors and frames to be strong and not endure any unnecessary damage due to an occupant closing the door a little rough. While there are plenty of strong and reliable materials out there, HDPE rises to the top due to its scratch- and dent-resistant surface. This material can take quite a few hits and not show any surface damage or cosmetic issues.

Is There a Paper Core Interior?

Most run-of-the-mill toilet partitions feature a paper core interior. However, you’ll want to avoid this for a variety of reasons, but mainly to avoid any costly replacements down the road. Paper core interiors may seem cost-effective at first, but due to the constant exposure to humidity and moisture, they can end up absorbing the moisture. Soon after they absorb the moisture, they can begin to sprout mold, resulting in foul odors and bacteria. Eventually, a replacement of the entire affected partition will be needed. For the best results, you’ll want to seek out a solid non-absorbent material like HDPE.

Do These Partitions Require Considerable Maintenance?

There’s no way to avoid routine maintenance; however, choosing the right material can greatly reduce the costs and the time spent on repairs and adjustments. What you want to look for is a material that can withstand the elements, provide a strong structure, and have a great screw retention. Another factor to consider is finding a material that doesn’t have to be repainted, so you don’t have to take the time to not only paint, but close off your restroom until the harmful toxins and emissions have dissipated.

How Long Will These Partitions Last?

When you’re investing in new toilet partitions, you’ll want to be sure that it’s money well-spent. That means choosing a material that not only meets your criteria, but a material that will last you the years without needing frequent replacements. HDPE solid plastic is warranted for 25 years, meaning that it can last, and is covered should an unforeseen event occur that requires a replacement of your partition.

It’s good to ask these questions when you’re browsing different materials that can be used as your next toilet partitions. You’ll want to make the right decision by choosing a durable and low-cost maintenance material that will last. Want to learn more about finding the right materials? Check out this free eBook, Choosing Bathroom Materials, from your friends at Scranton Products.

Danger Lurking in Your Wooden Bathroom Vanities

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In the 21st century, wooden vanities are like wooden fireplaces—not so much so that you should be worried about them catching fire, but more in the way that they’re not a good idea. In fact, there could be any number of dangers lurking in your wooden bathroom vanities, especially if they’re near a water source such as in locker room or restroom.

In this post, we take a closer look at what problems your wooden bathroom vanities may pose as well as a cost-effective alternative.

Dangers of Your Wooden Vanity

There’s one element present in bathrooms that can be extremely damaging to wood surfaces: moisture. Even if the vanity is laminated and sealed, it doesn’t guarantee that moisture won’t be able to find its way inside and begin wreaking havoc on the delicate wood below.

When moisture comes in contact with a porous surface such as wood, a number of things can occur. For one, it becomes a breeding ground for mold and mildew. Mold can be extremely harmful and even life threatening in certain cases.

But that’s not the only issue. As moisture remains present, the wood may begin to rot and break down.

In either scenario, the wooden bathroom vanity will need to be repaired or replaced entirely. But moisture isn’t the only threat to your wooden vanities.

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Wooden Vanities Prone to Damage and Graffiti

Wood, unlike tougher materials like high-density polyethylene (HDPE) or steel, is easily damaged. This damage may be caused accidentally, like a maintenance worker chipping the wood while working on nearby pipes. Or it may be done intentionally by vandals who want to deface the vanity by scratching or writing on it.

Both of these problems are fairly common with wooden bathroom fixtures in commercial settings, and it’s also true that their presence tends to inhibit more. So it’s vital if your wooden bathroom vanity is damaged or defaced to repair or replace it right away.

An Alternative to Wooden Bathroom Vanities

If you’d rather not deal with the dangers that can lurk in a wooden vanity, there are some alternatives out there, like HDPE. This highly durable plastic has been used to make vanities, bathroom partitions, and lockers. The best part is that it’s resistant to the problems that plague wooden vanities.

Since HDPE is non-porous, it’s resistant to mold and mildew. It will also never rot and is highly resistant to scratches and even graffiti.

But that’s still not all of the benefits of using HDPE for your bathroom vanity. It’s also resistant to bacteria, so your bathroom is actually cleaner and healthier. In fact, HDPE is naturally germ resistant!

If you’re tired of repairing and replacing your wooden bathroom vanities, consider an alternative like HDPE. You can learn more about this versatile material by contacting our team at Scranton Products.

If you’re interested in redesigning the rest of your bathroom as well, then check out our free eBook Restroom Design for Commercial Facilities. 

How You Can Prevent Bacteria Growth on Bathroom Partitions

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When you’re in charge of a public or commercial bathroom, you want to be sure that it remains clean and free of any harmful bacteria. It’s especially important to keep your bathroom partitions clear of any bacteria in order to create a sanitary space for its users.

But with all of the moisture and humidity in bathrooms, how can you prevent harmful bacteria growth, such as mold and mildew, on bathroom partitions?

You can have a clean, presentable, and sanitary bathroom thanks to the help of Scranton Products. Read on to learn how you can prevent bacteria growth on your bathroom partitions. Read more

HDPE vs Phenolic Toilet Partitions

When it comes to bathroom partitions, your options are limited. There’s metal and then there’s plastic. So how do you know which material is the best fit?

In this article, we compare HDPE (high-density polyethylene) vs. phenolic toilet partitions, two of the most popular materials on the market, so you can see how they stack up. We’ll also help you decide which material is right for your next remodel or construction project.

HDPE vs Phenolic Material Comparison

HDPE features solid plastic with color throughout. When the 1-inch-thick panels are configured into a standard toilet partition, it weighs about 165 lbs. Phenolic, on the other hand, is resin-impregnated kraft paper, featuring ¾- and ½-inch panels and pilasters.

Many people have the misconception that HDPE and phenolic toilet partitions are made from the same material. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth.

HDPE vs Phenolic

HDPE is made of high-density polyethylene resin and pigments. Phenolic partitions, on the other hand, are made of a melamine sheet and many layers of resin-impregnated kraft paper. When it comes to the harsh conditions that can be found in commercial restrooms, HDPE offers additional performance in microbial resistance, surface durability, sustainability, and cost of ownership.

Let’s take a closer look at those categories now.

Microbial Resistance of HDPE and Phenolic Partitions

Resistance to mold and mildew is an important quality when talking about commercial bathroom partitions. Moisture is certainly abundant, and porous surfaces are most at risk.

In a controlled scientific test, we found that HDPE was 100% resistant to mold and mildew. Meanwhile, phenolic took only 21 days to begin showing signs of mold and mildew growth. By day 28, that number continued to rise.

Comparing Surface Durability

Public restrooms can undergo heavy use, and their ability to stand up to normal wear and tear is essential for keeping operating costs down. When it comes to abrasion resistance, HDPE comes out on top compared to phenolic toilet partitions. Phenolic experiences higher surface wear, which indicates a lower resistance to abrasion. This wear could come from normal handling, cleaning, or polishing.

What’s more is that once the surface of the phenolic toilet partition has been worn or scratched, it may be more difficult to remove stains or a ghosting effect could occur.

Sustainability

It’s no secret that HDPE is 100% recyclable, but did you now that it’s also available in 100% post-consumer content? Phenolic, on the other hand, isn’t recyclable and it’s not available in any amount of post-consumer content.

HDPE partitions are also low-emitting materials and free of added urea-formaldehyde resins. Phenolic partitions can’t say the same.

Cost of Ownership

One of the most important factors that designers consider when sourcing materials is the cost of ownership. HDPE partitions have a relatively low initial cost and even fewer long-term costs when you consider its impeccable durability. Meanwhile, phenolic partitions may cost you more upfront and require additional long-term costs compared to HDPE.

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How to Choose Commercial Bathroom Partitions for Virtually Any Facility

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As a professional contractor or building administrator, you’re faced with a number of important decisions. When it comes to sourcing materials for bathrooms, you want to be sure the that materials you choose are durable, require little routine maintenance, and fit within your budget, which can be easier said than done.

So in this post, we’ll teach you how to choose commercial bathroom partitions for just about any facility, from schools to stadiums to office buildings and more.

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Selecting Cost-Efficient Materials

One of the most important factors when choosing bathroom partitions is cost. There are many different materials available, with varying initial and long-term costs to consider. The five materials we’ll look at are enamel painted steel over paper, phenolic core, stainless steel, reinforced composite, and high-density polyethylene.

Baked Enamel Painted Steel Over a Paper Honeycomb Core

The most inexpensive of these is definitely baked enamel painted steel over a paper honeycomb core. This type of partition is frequently found in schools and office buildings because of its low initial cost. However, the life expectancy of enamel painted steel is extremely low given its propensity to rust when exposed to moisture.

Solid Phenolic (Black Core)

Solid phenolic core, sometimes referred to as black core because of its color, features a resin-impregnated kraft paper core. This material is very dense and composed of many compressed layers, similar to how fiberglass is created. However, this material is easily damaged by scratches.

Stainless Steel

Many designers for high-end establishments and sports clubs favor stainless steel because of its clean and modern look. However, stainless still is also prone to rust and high costs, both initially and in terms of routine maintenance. Stainless steel partitions are also known to show smudges and fingerprints easily, making them harder to keep looking clean.

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Solid Color Reinforced Composite (SCRC)

You’ll commonly spot SCRC in high-traffic areas such as sporting arenas, schools, and train stations. This material is durable like black core partitions. The two biggest downsides to SCRC are the high cost, as it’s much more expensive than solid plastic or stainless steel, and its limited color options.

High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE)

HDPE is a type of solid plastic that’s perfect for use as commercial bathroom partitions. About 1 inch thick and solid color throughout, HDPE is highly resistant to graffiti, scratches, mold, mildew, and even bacteria. Given that this material is environmentally friendly and doesn’t negatively impact the indoor air quality, it’s a favorite for schools, medical facilities, and restaurants. It also requires little long-term maintenance.

Installation Types for Your Commercial Bathroom Partitions

Depending on the design of your commercial bathroom, there are four different methods for installing your bathroom partitions. The fastest and most economical option is to have the partitions floor mounted and overhead braced. This type of installation process works well with either wood or concrete floors and works by mounting the pilasters to the floor and the panels to the wall. An anti-grip aluminum headrail is positioned along the top of the partitions to offer additional support and stability.

If your bathroom has a low ceiling, you can choose to have them floor mounted only. This method requires at least 2 inches of concrete flooring in order for the pilasters to be mounted firmly. The panels are then mounted to the wall. The top of the partitions will be flush.

For a modern and unique look, or if the floors of your bathroom aren’t adequate for mounting, ceiling-hung partitions are a great option. You’ll need steel ceiling supports to withstand the weight and installation process. The pilasters are mounted to these supports, and the panels are mounted to the walls. One benefit of this installation method is that it makes the floor of the bathroom easy to clean.

[READ MORE: 9 Things to Consider Before Designing Your Commercial Bathroom]

The final installation method is floor-to-ceiling. In this scenario, pilasters are mounted to both the floor and the ceiling for maximum strength. It’s suggested that the facility have concrete floors and steel ceiling supports.

Choose a Color That Compliments

The last step in choosing commercial bathroom partitions is selecting the color. Materials like HDPE come in a wide variety of colors and textures so you have plenty of options to choose from. You can either go with a shade that matches the interior of the bathroom or pick a different color that compliments the theme. Either way, you’re sure to be left with one terrific-looking bathroom.

Want more information about building a cost-effective bathroom? Download our eBook The Professional’s Guide to Commercial Bathroom Renovations and Remodels. This FREE resource is full of useful information that will teach you pro tips for choosing materials, how advances in materials are leading to more fluid designs, and which must-have amenities your commercial bathroom needs.

The Importance of Sustainability in Restroom Partitions

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Sustainability is a factor that all facility managers strive for, especially in todays’ top leading industries. The need for using sustainable products or executing green practices is important towards building a better future, and it can start with your facility! Utilizing sustainable building materials can be very beneficial towards your facility, especially when it comes to the restroom. There are a few types of materials you can use in your facility’s restroom, but when it’s time to decide, you’ll want to find reliable and sustainable materials for the job.

Making sustainability a priority for your bathroom is crucial, so here’s a list for the importance of sustainability in restroom partitions.

Choosing Materials That Will Last You

One of the most sustainable aspects of choosing the right toilet partition materials is finding one that can outlast the standard types and materials. Most toilet partitions are subject to wear and damage over time; however, some endure these deteriorations much too early.

By choosing a sustainable material, you’ll be selecting partitions that are designed to last and withstand the elements. The goal is to not only put off a replacement but also rely on a material that doesn’t require significant maintenance over the years. When you have a durable material for your toilet partitions, they won’t incur any damage that most standard materials are susceptible.

Finding Post-Consumer Materials That Can Be Recycled

Everyone is familiar with the importance of recycling, but have you ever utilized building materials that have been through the process of recycling. A lot of plastics, like HDPE (high-density polyethylene), are recycled and then redistributed, whether they’re the same product or formed into something new. By using recycled building materials, you’re helping reduce waste while relying on a material that can not only last you, but when it’s time for a replacement, the material can be recycled once again.

Reducing Harmful Emissions in Your Restroom

Another major benefit to utilizing a sustainable material like HDPE plastic is that this material doesn’t require any painting. If graffiti somehow shows up, your first instinct is to get a paint match to cover over the drawing; however, with HDPE, you can simply wipe away the marker or spray paint. Since HDPE is non-absorbent, you don’t have to buy additional paint and perform any touch-ups. Due to the lack of repainting, you won’t be exposing your restroom, or its occupants, to the harmful VOC (volatile organic compounds) that are present in most paints.

The Benefits of Using Sustainable Building Materials

There are plenty of benefits to going green and sustainable. There are many environmental benefits, such as not using up any valuable resources. By using sustainable materials, you’re doing your part to reduce your carbon footprint. You’ll also enjoy the benefit of having reliable materials that are durable, low maintenance, recyclable, and great for the environment.

Want to learn more about utilizing sustainable building products to take your facility in a greener direction? Check out this free eBook, Sustainable Building Products: How to Make Your Facility Eco-Friendly from Top to Bottom, from your friends at Scranton Products.

The Top Ways to Save With Your Commercial Restroom

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Have you noticed that the expenses of the restrooms in your facility are leading to high costs? Whether it’s excessive maintenance and repairs or unnecessary waste, those dollars and cents can add up to an overwhelming total. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways you can cut back on costs and save money by changing some things in your commercial facility’s restrooms.

We’re going to help you cut the costs with some of the top ways to save with your commercial restroom!

 

Reduce Your Energy Consumption

You may not realize it, but your lightbulbs are costing you a fortune! You can easily combat this by swapping them out with LED lights, which not only last longer than incandescent bulbs, but they also use way less energy to light up the restroom. You can reduce the costs even further by installing motion sensors, which will turn out the lights when there’s a lengthy period of inactivity in your restroom.

 

Utilize Motion-Sensing Faucets and Hand Dryers

Sometimes, the unnecessary expenditure of water can show a spike in your water bill. Whether an occupant leaves the water running or there’s a drip occurring throughout the day, it can end up adding to your overall costs. Installing motion-sensing faucets can greatly reduce water waste. Occupants won’t forget to turn off the faucet or fail to tighten the valve enough, reducing the water that gets wasted throughout the day.

Another way you can save with occupants washing their hands is by getting hand dryers. This prevents you from having to reorder paper towels each month. Not only will you notice a drop in expenditures on toiletries, but you’ll be taking your restroom into a greener direction.

 

Install Cost-Efficient Toilet Partitions

You may not realize it yet, but your toilet partitions can be a big red flag when it comes to the high costs of maintaining your restroom. Traditional partitions with a paper core are left susceptible to the elements, namely humidity and moisture, which can sprout mold within the partition and call for an entire replacement. Since mold is nearly impossible to remove from the interior of a partition, the entire partition needs to be replaced, which leads to high costs.

You can forgo replacing your partitions by choosing a material that can stand up to the moisture and humidity. HDPE (high-density polyethylene) plastic is one of the best materials for commercial restrooms due to its solid construction, non-absorbent exterior, and the fact that they’re built to last and are warranted for 25 years. These partitions are also low-maintenance, which saves you money over time by spending less man hours and money in the restroom. These partitions pay for themselves in just a few years due to the money you saved on maintenance.

 

Learning More About Saving Costs with Your Restroom

In this guide, you learned that when it comes to cutting costs in your facility’s restroom, you’ll need to utilize the right materials to truly see the money you’ve saved. Want to learn more about HDPE and how it can benefit your restroom? Check out this blog post, How HDPE Partitions Can Save You Money, from your friends at Scranton Products!

 

Take your HDPE research even further by seeing how it would look in your facility with our 3D Partition Visualizer!

A Business Owner’s Primer on Commercial Restroom Renovations

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Renovations to your commercial restroom can be time consuming and stressful, and they can require a lot of planning to make sure that your new project is perfect. One of the last things that business owners want to find out after completing a commercial restroom renovation is that the materials selected won’t hold up over time and will require maintenance, thorough cleaning, and even additional renovations.

Whether your bathroom renovations require new stall partitions, vanities, or shower stalls, don’t make the mistake of choosing the wrong products that won’t satisfy your needs. No matter what kind of renovations you’re make, read on for Scranton Products’ primer on commercial restroom renovations to learn how you can avoid some costly mistakes. Read more

Reclaiming Privacy in Bathrooms through New Partitions

Privacy is a crucial element to the experience of using a public restroom or commercial bathroom. This is especially true if the restroom serves multiple occupants at a time. Given the close quarters, it’s important to strive for absolute privacy with your facility’s restroom. One way that you can improve the privacy in your restrooms is through new partitions that offer more comfort and security to the occupants.

The Problem with Your Current Toilet Partitions

Restroom partitions serve a very simple but important purpose: privacy. They divide each toilet to provide a safe and confidential experience for each individual. However, some partitions lack the amount of privacy that one would like while going to the bathroom.

The main drawbacks to toilet partitions are their imperfections. There are design flaws like the door hinges, which lock and secure the stall, but they leave a line of sight that can make any occupant feel uncomfortable or exposed. There’s also a noticeable lack of privacy with the exposed bottom, which doesn’t hide an occupant’s feet. The top of the partitions also leave room for exposure and discomfort, especially if there’s a taller-than-average occupant in the next stall.

How to Improve the Privacy in Your Facility’s Restroom

There are a few ways that you can make the experience of going to the bathroom a little more comfortable for the occupants. However, the best way is by installing new partitions that offer more security and privacy, as well as customizable options to reduce any exposed areas or sightlines. You’ll also want to consider using strong and durable material to ensure that these new partitions will last.

The Types of Partitions that Can Improve Bathroom Privacy

HDPE plastic is one of the best materials that you can use for partitions in your facility’s restroom. Not only is this material durable and impact resistant, but it can actually withstand the moisture and humidity that’s prevalent in bathrooms, which leads to mold growth and the spread of bacteria. These sustainable and recyclable partitions are also guaranteed to last up to 25 years and require little maintenance.

Hiny Hiders® Partitions: Hiny Hiders® Partitions are a modern take on the classic stall design, but with a few new implementations to ensure total privacy. These doors can feature an optional shiplap cut edge that can ensure that the gap between the door and the frame is eliminated.

Eclipse Partitions®: Eclipse Partitions® offer a sleek and contemporary design that uses hidden hardware and handles with occupancy indicators that enhance the privacy of the commercial bathroom experience.

Aria Partitions™: Aria Partitions™ offer ultimate privacy by eliminating sightlines, as well as floor and ceiling gaps to deliver a comfortable and secure experience. These enclosed toilet partitions can be customized to fit any design pattern or space in your facility.

Improving the privacy in your facility’s restroom is important for providing a safe, comfortable, and secure atmosphere to the occupants. Want to learn more about these HDPE plastic partitions? Check out this blog post, HDPE Partitions Styles & Advantages, from your friends at Scranton Products.