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5 Major Problems With Poorly Designed Public Restrooms

  • March 15, 2023
  • 6 Min Read

The state of public toilets in India is largely poor. Not only do we have far less public toilets than what’s actually required, but those that are available are not maintained properly. As a result, many people, especially women, avoid using public toilets. Besides, many public toilets are poorly designed, which adds to the woes of the public restroom users. Continuing the discussion, in this post we talk about some of the most common problems associated with poorly designed public restrooms.

1. Prone to Bacterial Growth

Public restrooms are flush with bacteria and viruses, which increases the risk of infection among the users. The presence of bugs such as streptococcus, staphylococcus, hepatitis A virus, E. coli, and shigella bacteria can lead to the common cold, vomiting, diarrhea, and other illnesses. One of the most effective ways to tackle this problem is to install antimicrobial toilet cubicles, partitions, and stalls that can kill up to 99.99 percent of viruses that they come into contact with, thereby reducing the risk of infections.

2. Lack of Privacy

Lack of privacy is another major reason people avoid using public toilets. While user privacy should be one of the top priorities when designing a public toilet, it’s often neglected. For instance, many public toilets don’t have toilet partitions in the urinal area. Similarly, inadequate spacing between urinals or short toilet cubicles makes users feel uncomfortable when using public restrooms.


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3. Foul Smells

A poorly designed toilet with little to no ventilation is prone to develop bad smells. Many public toilets lack windows, exhaust fans, and air conditioning vents that can help maintain a constant flow of fresh air to create a welcoming environment. Similarly, public toilets that are designed as per the wet restroom design tend to smell more than as compared to those based on a dry restroom design for reasons that are discussed later in the blog.

4. Lack of Sufficient Toilet Cubicles

The other major problem with poorly designed public restrooms is that they lack sufficient toilet cubiclesurinals, and partitions. And while it is important to maintain enough space between cubicles and urinals to ensure privacy, it is equally important to ensure that the toilet cubicles aren’t oversized and that the gap between urinals is not more than what’s required.


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5. Difficulty Cleaning

As mentioned above, public toilets based on the wet restroom style are prone to bad odors. Another major problem with the toilet design is that it is difficult to clean as there’s no gap between the partitions and the floor, which also leads to accumulation of dust, water, and dirt. Given that public restrooms are subject to heavy footfall and need more frequent maintenance, the dry restroom design is the best choice.

About Greenlam Sturdo

Greenlam Sturdo is one of the leading manufacturers of toilet partitionsurinals, cubicles, and other restroom solutions. We offer a wide range of superior quality products that are backed by ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSMS 45001, and other globally recognized standards. We are also recipients of the prestigious GREENGUARD & GREENGUARD GOLD certification for producing eco-friendly and sustainable products. Talk to us today to discuss your requirements and get more information about available public bathroom solutions. Simply call +91-11-4279-1399 or write to us at, and we will take it from there.

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