Using less water becomes the modus operandi for facilities. This comes in the face of both greater awareness of why sustainability is a desirable thing, and also greater regulatory pressure in many cities, including Los Angeles. Water saving in our urban areas is a hot-button issue for janitorial service in Irvine because predictably, one area the fight is playing out is in the restroom. It’s been close to a decade since waterless urinals started catching on. They’re more used than ever. What other advancements have been in the works for the room we do our business?
A men’s room with a waterless bathroom isn’t really something to bat an eyelash anymore, but there was a time that these bowls were a novelty. For facilities managers and janitorial companies in Los Angeles, there was something of a learning curve to implementing and caring for the new tech. Just a few months in, it became obvious if the restroom was being properly cleaned or not: you could smell them.
If waterless urinals don’t get maintained according to their manufacturer’s specifications, you run the risk of encountering a smell problem. Brands can have some differences, but here are some general guidelines to keep the smell of ammonia in check.
- It’s important to make sure cleaning crews are using only the recommended chemicals in the proper dilutions. Depending on the brand, it’s likely to be applied using a sprayer. The cleaning team will also want to wipe down the whole unit.
- Another big difference with waterless urinals is the cartridge that is at the center of the unit. Chemicals sprayed over the urinal’s surface shouldn’t be allowed to go down into the cartridge, which can be ruined by chemicals. These cartridges need to be replaced regularly, likely every 3-6 months, in order to keep smell down.
To the Bowl
The innovation of waterless urinals was a big step forward, and there are forward-thinking people looking for the next way to reduce water use on a big scale. Turning their attention to the big bowl, one group of Penn State researchers from the Wong Laboratory for Nature Inspired Engineering have found a novel way to reduce the water use of flushing toilets. A two-step spray-on application fights the build-up of bacteria and waste remains. This nano-solution uses molecularly grafted polymers to render the inner surface of the toilet hyper slick and, thereby requiring less water to function properly, and also requiring less cleaning. With additional research, the new technology could improve the sustainability of bathrooms, especially public bathrooms that see high use.
Keeping bathrooms both sustainable AND clean can sometimes be a tightrope walk. With innovations like those mentioned above, water conservation and better cleaning can go hand in hand. Key to that initiative is being able to receive the best possible janitorial service in Irvine, from companies that understand sustainable technologies and what is needed to keep them functioning right. ICS has been a sustainability leader in Southern California, and we continue to push the latest tech and practices to benefit the environment & to give our clients better business.