What is the first thought that enters your mind when envisioning a university bathroom? Is it a sparklingly clean, beautifully designed, immaculately repaired and maintained area with quality shower products? Probably not.
Is it possible to rid residence halls of this unpleasant assumption? By taking a look at the top three problems university bathrooms face, it is.
Let’s look at these three problems and a few general tips to help avoid or correct them.
1. University showers are notoriously unclean
One of the first pieces of advice a new college student hears from peers or relatives is to wear flip-flops in the dorm bathrooms. University showers are not thought of as the cleanest areas, hence this advice.
Aside from the cleaning schedule of the university staff, the type of product utilized in residence hall showers can be a large culprit. When planning for a university bathroom remodeling or building project, you need to consider the long-term use of this heavily trafficked area. One consideration is to utilize a material that allows for easy cleaning, such as solid surface showers that only require warm soapy water for washing, versus a shower material that requires a time-consuming cleaning schedule, such as scrubbing the grout around tiles.
2. Health and safety are not synonymous with university bathrooms
Taking cleanliness one step further, the formation of soap scum, leading to the growth of mildews and molds, is a common problem in university showers. Installing a material that is naturally non-porous can prevent the growth of dangerous molds that can be hazardous to students’ health.
Additionally, using rubber mats in an attempt to provide a less slippery shower floor surface, often leads to further areas of uncleanliness where germs and mildew are bound to fester. Materials that offer slick-free textures, such as solid surface, help eliminate this safety issue.
3. Maintenance is often not a factor in considering long-term costs
University bathrooms, unless brand new, are frequently found in moderate condition: various broken fixtures, stained surfaces, and chipped or gouged shower bases. Typically, the first consideration when designing university bathrooms is the cost of the current project. Unfortunately, analysis of the durability and life of the products used, the ongoing maintenance required, and the appearance of the aging materials are sometimes overlooked on projects with tight budgets.
If university officials review and analyze the total life of the products installed and maintenance involved, they’ll find that installing a higher quality product can provide long-term cost savings. Using a quality solid surface shower solution, for instance, might cost slightly more upfront, but can save a university in the long run. These savings come in the form of the virtually maintenance-free surfaces, and the decades-long lifespan of a durable shower solution.
The bottom line is that a lot of university bathroom problems can be easily remedied in the design process. University decision-makers, architects, and other specifiers need to take these frequent issues into consideration when planning for the overall budget and life of a university bathroom, not simply the cost of the installation.
By utilizing quality products that counter these problems, the days of dreading the residence hall shower just might be erased from college students’ minds and memories.
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