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How to Run Your Guest Bathroom More Sustainably

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How to Run Your Guest Bathroom More Sustainably

How to Run Your Guest Bathroom More Sustainably
December 16
20:34 2014

Like hotels, regular travellers are adopting all sorts of good habits such as reusing towels. Here are some ways to help you and your guests do their bit for the environment…

Flush controls

Ensure water use is minimised in toilets through the installation of volume reducers or dual-flush mechanisms.

Shower control

Ensure the shower control unit is regularly maintained as soap deposits or scale build-up can cause blockages and reduce performance. When refurbishing guest bathrooms, consider water-efficient products and make sure they are correctly installed. If you are buying products on the Water Technology List (WTL) you could claim 100% first year capital allowance.

Shower head

Consider replacing current shower heads with water-efficient variants. Aerating showerheads can save up to six litres a minute, and can be retrofitted. On a shower used twice a day for five minutes, an aerating shower head costing around £5 could save around £30 a year in water and sewerage costs.


Implement a reuse policy, where clients have the option of leaving the towel on the floor for washing, or hanging it up for reuse. Effective signage can encourage guests to reuse their towels.

Water minimisation

Retrofit devices to taps in order to reduce water usage and save money. Fitting a tap aerator, at a cost of £5/tap, could result in water and sewerage cost savings of £13/tap/year. Ensure maintenance is carried out regularly; soap deposits or scale build-up can cause tap mechanisms to jam, resulting in taps dripping and subsequent water loss.

Switch-off campaign

Use effective signage in a visible location to remind people to turn off lights in the toilet when they leave.


Typically, bottles of toiletries provided for guests are thrown away while still containing 70% of their contents. Using refillable tamper-proof soap/shampoo dispensers can drastically reduce wasted product and packaging and provide large savings.


Use refillable spray containers and buy the cleaning products in bulk. When purchasing cleaning equipment, check whether consumables such as filters and dust bags can be cleaned and reused. Review your cleaning regime to see if there are ways of reducing water use and waste, and ensure employees comply with any changes to reduce your environmental impact.

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