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Scribble Trouble: How to Prevent Vandalism in Washrooms

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Public restroomIt’s a pretty common sight in public toilets: vandalism-stricken surfaces. Whether it’s in stadiums, restaurants, or malls, you will always find scribbles on the sides of cubicles and behind toilet doors. While some could be entertaining (and artistic), most of it just plainly litters and clutters the space.

They’re an eyesore that could hurt the image of your business, at the same time, hurt your wallet as removal would cost you bucks. That said, the best way to fight this problem is to keep it from happening. Here are ways to do that:

Keep it Pristine

Interestingly, if you take time to notice, most commercial toilets and washrooms that have a nice, clean, white look are less vandalism-prone. That’s because the atmosphere of neatness influences the behaviour of the people entering the space.

When the toilet appears pristine and exudes a polished vibe, people are less likely to dare interrupt that ambience. On the flip side, when the space looks dungy and not well-maintained, it’s easier to litter it with scribbles and doodles on doors when people get bored inside cubicles.

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Create Visual Interest

The other option is to fill the walls yourself, even before the vandalisers get into them. Paint doesn’t do much in preventing vandalism, but art can. So, go bold in patterns, like stripes or geometrical shapes or simply hang art. Murals can be effective deterrents too.

The bottom line is, use art. They will not just fill the walls with visually interesting focal points that would otherwise be full of gossip notes and strangers’ names, but also give people a visual distraction that would keep them scribbling on walls.

Add a Sense of Charity

One of the reasons people vandalise is they have fun doing it, without thinking about the consequences of their actions. The best way you can make them more self-aware is posting signs that prompt a sense of accountability – focusing not on the negative repercussions of vandalism but on the positive effects of not doing it.

For example, some businesses have signs that say: “we donate a percentage of our profits to a charity for each day that this wall is kept from any markings.” Consider having similar posts as well. People like to feel that they contributed something good; use that in your vandalism-prevention efforts.

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Is your public toilet riddled with vandalism? After cleaning it up, take these steps to make sure it keeps its clean, pristine appearance.

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