When you gotta go, you gotta go -- even if the public restroom is filthy

When it comes to restrooms, the number one sign it's dirty is a sticky floor, according to a poll conducted by Cintas Corporation and Harris Interactive in which 3,130 U.S. adults nationwide were asked what contributes to their perception of a dirty restroom.

Top indicators of a filthy public restroom are:
Dirty or sticky floors: 93 percent
Un-flushed toilets: 90 percent
Odor: 89 percent
Overflowing trash cans: 88 percent
Paper towels or toilet paper on the floor: 80 percent
Lack of toilet paper: 67 percent
Empty soap dispensers: 55 percent
Water around the sink area: 42 percent
Old or outdated soap dispensers: 29 percent

Other factors cited included broken doors or toilet seats, dim lighting, graffiti, dirty fixtures, soiled toilet seats and water or urine on the floors as contributors to a dirty restroom. Not surprisingly, women were more sensitive to restroom issues than men, with 96 percent of women citing dirty floors as a contributor to a dirty restroom compared to 90 percent of men. Older people were also more likely to cite issues in the restroom compared to younger people surveyed. For example, 94 percent of adults aged 55 and older indicated that odor contributed to their perception of a dirty restroom, compared to 83 percent of adults aged 18 to 34.


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