Survey looks at restroom use

waterlessA May 2013 survey found that 54 percent of women, said they would use a men’s restroom if the private women’s restroom were occupied. Only 41 percent of men, however, would use a private women’s restroom if the situation were reversed.

These are two of the findings of a survey conducted by AlturaSolutions Communications, a Chicago-based marketing and communications firm, for Waterless Co., a leading manufacturer of no-water urinals. As of May 21, 2013, 106 people, mostly connected to the professional building and cleaning industries, answered all or most of the questions on the survey.

As to using a unisex restroom, where men and women share the same restroom, 64 percent of those polled said it was not an issue for them.

When asked what types of restrooms respondents would avoid using, they said:

  • Gas station restrooms, 34 percent
  • Train or bus station restrooms, 18 percent
  • Restrooms in sports centers/stadiums, 11 percent
  • Restrooms in retail stores, 2 percent
  • Airport restrooms, 2 percent
  • Movie theater restrooms, 0 percent

23 percent said they would not avoid any public restrooms anywhere, but more than 40 percent said they would avoid a busy restroom if possible.