Cleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 16th March 2023 Issue no. 1056
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Wild about washrooms! Nature calls winner of Cintas America's Best Restroom contest
Cintas Corporation has declared J N 'Ding' Darling National Wildlife Refuge, in Sanibel, Florida the winner of the 2018 America's Best Restroom contest.
"We're thrilled that the public is as wild about our restrooms as we are," says Toni Westland, the wildlife refuge's supervisor refuge ranger. "As one of 566 national wildlife refuges around the country, we saw the restrooms as a major missed opportunity for educating visitors, which is why our new Learning Lavatories encourage visitors to become entirely immersed in refuge habitat and wildlife."
Cintas revealed the 10 contest finalists in August and opened voting to the public through to 18th September. As the winner, J N 'Ding' Darling National Wildlife Refuge will receive the revered restroom treatment from Cintas. This includes $2,500 in Cintas products and services for restroom cleaning or facility management to keep their restrooms 'Ready for the Workday', along with a lifetime of bathroom bragging rights.
Inside the winning washrooms, tarpon, otter, osprey and sea turtle sculptures provide an underwater wildlife illusion. Photographic tile murals depict a lush, watery mangrove scene on one wall. Close-up professional bird photos wrap cubicle doors, with identification information on the inside. These Learning Lavatories dazzle, but also educate along the walk with interpretive messaging about the wildlife and saving the environment.
Sean Mulcahey, marketing manager, Cintas, says of the win: "We've been hosting this contest for 17 years and we're still blown away by facilities like J N 'Ding' Darling National Wildlife Refuge, which find new and innovative ways to make the restroom experience memorable.
"This contest serves as a great reminder that investing in your restroom facilities is more important than ever because it can impact the success of your business."
The other finalists in the 2018 America's Best Restroom contest included:
* Barrio - Chicago
* Bryant Park - New York City
* Dream Hollywood Hotel - Hollywood, CA
* Green Bay Botanical Garden - Green Bay, Wis.
* Hotel La Jolla, Curio Collection by Hilton - La Jolla, CA
* MI VIDA - Washington, D.C.
* Morgan Manufacturing - Chicago
* The Mud House - St. Louis, MO
* The Progress - San Francisco, CA
You can see more pictures of the winning and shortlisted washrooms, and even nominate a restroom for the 2019 contest at:
1st November 2018