An all-round carefree package for public washrooms

Handling hygiene with touch-free water fittings

Heavily frequented during busy times and then left unused for extended periods, public washrooms are often exposed to extremes and still have to be functional at all times to meet the most diverse demands. Whether it is a small child or an elderly person - everybody should be able to use the sanitary installations easily.

The many requirements to be fulfilled by washroom fittings also include hygiene, safety, cost-efficiency and a long service life. And needless to say, the washrooms have to match the overall design of the airport, cultural venue, concert hall or motorway service station.

Safe and cost-efficient

Publicly accessible sanitary facilities are typically built around two core areas, namely the wash basin plus the WC and the urinal. The range of available designs, materials and technologies is huge, but the choice of suitable products and solutions can easily be narrowed down by focusing on the specific requirements of the public or commercial installation and the overall ambiance of the building or facility that it is part of. When it comes to choosing a wash basin, for instance, the best advice is to pick a robust material which is easy to wipe off and disinfect. While basins made of stable stainless steel or chrome nickel steel are a smart choice for heavily frequented public washrooms, ceramic basins avoid undesirable reflections, which could impair the functionality of electronic faucets. Stainless steel mirrors are a much more robust alternative to glass, making them safer for users and more functional for the operator. ?

Touch-free operation for maximum hygiene

GROHE is an expert in all water fittings and a competent partner to all washroom specifiers, contractors and operators. The faucet is the centrepiece of any wash basin. Electronically controlled faucets such as the modern Europlus E and Eurosmart CE from GROHE are especially economical, hygienic and safe. Controlled by infrared electronics, they dispense only the amount of water that is actually needed, namely while detecting the presence of hands below the spout. This is the easiest way to minimise water wastage. As there is no need to touch the faucet, no germs can be transmitted. An automatic function flushes the faucet at programmable intervals to prevent water stagnation and the risk of legionella growth during periods of non-use. Moreover, the attractive silhouette of this faucet with its flowing surfaces and rounded edges makes for easy, yet thorough cleaning of the faucets.

Electronic faucets mean the lowest possible operating costs while ensuring the sustainable use of resources. Compared to conventional faucets, they can reduce water consumption by up to 70 percent. This is of special importance in buildings, which are required to meet a variety of standards in order to obtain sustainability certificates. Depending on the requirements, the faucet may additionally be equipped with a rotation lock; this protects the faucet against vandalism by anchoring it in the wall by means of an invisible bracket mounted under the wash basin.

Additional comfort and safety are provided by the Grohtherm Micro thermostat, which enables the operator to make hand warm water available to washroom users at all times.

Stable installation, hygienic operation

GROHE provides its trade partners with high-quality products also in the field of sanitary technology for WCs and urinals. The Rapid SL installation system, for instance, facilitates the safe and straightforward installation of the WC and urinal as well as the wash basin. Consisting of sturdy steel profiles, these elements can carry very heavy loads and are absolutely safe in use. Different heights and a low depth make Rapid SL a particularly versatile solution for different wall types and as a free-standing element.

Hygiene takes top priority also for the WC or urinal flushing function. Touch-free flushing is the most hygienic solution. Radar controls for urinals are hidden invisibly behind the tiles, providing reliable protection against vandalism. They detect a user approaching or leaving the urinal and respond automatically as programmed. More and more architects now specify the GROHE radar electronics set for final installation.

Programmed for cleanliness

Infrared controls, too, offer advantages, because they are less costly and less complicated to install as they are accessed from the front. Seven preset programmes mean that the Tectron Skate actuation systems from GROHE can be adjusted precisely to specific requirements. It is possible, for instance, to automatically flush every 24 or 72 hours in order to keep the installation clean and hygienic. The reach of the infrared sensor can also be set as desired by the operator. To clean the WC or urinal, the cleaning staff can switch to cleaning mode manually; this mode temporarily disables the flush function so that detergents can take effect without the cleaner’s hands unintentionally triggering a flush.

The cover plate of the WC and urinal electronics unit is extremely flat, blends in well with its environment and cannot be grasped with bare hands, thereby minimising the risk of vandalism. Operators can choose from a variety of aesthetic models in chrome or stainless steel, which blend in unobtrusively with their surroundings thanks to their minimalist design. A wide range of additional attractive urinal and WC flush plates allow architects and operators to give their washroom a distinct look.  

The right water fittings make it easy to create hygienic, safe, sustainable and aesthetically pleasing public washrooms, which meet the highest demands. Sanitary facilities may attract little attention but specifying the right fittings and designing an appealing interior can clearly contribute to a pleasant user experience for visitors, guests, travellers and customers.