Ice in Urinals?

Ice in urinalsYou learn something new every day and today is no different! I’m not sure if you are aware but often urinals in men’s toilets in bars and restaurants were filled with ice. Some 60 or more years ago, even high-end hotels made sure their urinals were packed with ice throughout the day.

But why I hear you ask? It has a lot to do with odours and taking aim.

In 1886, on 27th March Andrew Rankin patented the first urinal. He referred to his invention as ‘the best thing on Earth’. Andrew realised that the urinals may have ‘disagreeable odours’ so he included a homemade recipe to make the first urinal blocks using sugar, molasses, syrup, chloride of soda, water, and other ingredients.

This recipe became cumbersome, so in the 1880s, an astute entrepreneur started marketing the first urinal cakes made with Naphthalene. Klaus explained that “It sure killed the odours, but it also destroyed red blood cells when inhaled in large quantities”.  In the early 1900s, it was slowly phased out.

In 1920 when Prohibition started, speakeasies opened throughout the country. The speakeasies purchased tons of ice. To make way for new deliveries, the old ice was tossed into urinals, because throwing it in alleys or on the street would likely catch the attention of police.

The bartenders were surprised when the ice eliminated urinal odours. As one expert explained, the ice froze odour-causing molecules in urine, preventing them from being released. Eventually, the odour-filled molecules melt with the ice and drip down the urinal and into the sewer.

The heyday of ice in urinals was the 1960s; bar owners found that the ice provided a bit of entertainment for the gentleman and improved their aim. Richard Thaler, a professor at the University of Chicago, explains: “having something to aim at reduces spillage.”

Although ICE was a great idea, new technologies, especially Pureco from Pure Washrooms, just eliminated the need.

Our Pureco Urinal Sleeve is a cost-effective way to tackle all the problems associated with urinal hygiene. Revolutionary urinal sanitation, reducing the risk of Purecoblockages, leaks and smells. This service saves water and money and reduces your carbon footprint and reduces urinal odours.

How it works: As urine passes through and around the ‘bio-cap’ a small amount of bio enzyme is eroded into the solution activating the enzyme. This breaks down the uric salts and limescale reducing the risk of blockages. The Pureco system also includes a purpose-built urinal cistern water manager which significantly reduces water consumption and water bills.

Ice is has definitely had its day, if for no other reason than to reduce water and energy consumption.

SensaflushOur SensaFlush Urinal Water Management System reduces your water consumption by up to 90%.The Sensaflush significantly reduces water consumption and associated costs by eradicating unnecessary and expensive water wastage when flushing your urinals. The unit detects urinal usage and flushes after urinals are used. The unit flushes automatically if detection does not occur for more than a 12 hour period.


So, if you are looking to move away from the ICE age and move into modern day give us a call today on 0844 8000 121.



A Breath of Fresh Air for Smelly Washrooms

Air Cleaner DeodorizersHave you been promised the earth with your fragrance unit and it has not lived up to the hype? If you are looking for the best odour remover on the market, then speak to us. Our PureAir Steril unit comes with a guarantee that it will eliminate odour in any washroom*, ensuring a clean and fresh environment, and killing harmful bacteria.

Our PureAir Steril, which was already one of the best on the market, has just got even better. Here comes the technical bit! Firstly, the Photocatalytic Oxidization (PCO) process, which is responsible for the time it takes to eliminate odours, has been increased by 50%, significantly reducing the time it takes to restore freshness back to your washroom. In fact, the PCO is so efficient it will even reduce toxic gases like nitrous oxide or carbon monoxide. Secondly, the additional Ti02 catalyst air diffuser plates increase the destruction of odorous volatile organic compounds which speeds up both bacteria and virus kill rates. It has now been scientifically proven that our product is the most advanced in the world for eliminating odour and infection control.

Washrooms accumulate high levels of harmful bacteria and viruses that can cause odours and infections. With every flush, toilets and urinals create airborne micro-organisms that settle on surfaces. Poor ventilation, shared facilities and bad hand washing practice all compound the hygiene problem. Regular cleaning and disinfecting alone cannot control the spread of micro-organisms. In one hour, a single bacteria can multiply to over a million. By choosing PureAir Steril all these problems can be resolved.

To find out more about our PureAir Steril service, call us today on 0844 8000 121

Killer Fact
“98.11% of airborne contamination was killed in one hour’s use of a standard Air Steril MP20.”
HPA Porton Down labs

* every unit is scientifically specified to eliminate odours and reduce micro-organism levels as required in each environment for the best results.

Achoo! The effect of a sneezing toilet!

A sneezing toilet? Whatever next?! The idea of a sneezing toilet is not as mad as it sounds. The “sneeze effect” is a term documented by Dr Charles Gerba after he carried out a study on what happens when a toilet is flushed. Were you aware that every time you flush a toilet an invisible cloud of dirty water and faecal bacteria is projected out of the bowl to land on nearby surfaces; which includes the toilet seat, toilet paper, seat covers, handles and floors. In fact, Dr Gerba’s research showed that the spread could be up to 8 feet away and that the bacteria could survive for up to 24 hours. His study also showed that persistent flushing did not help.

Over time and with regular usage, there is a build-up of bacteria and viruses and in a busy office environment, this can also result in the spread of illness.

Closing the toilet lid can help suppress some of the spread of germs, but even this does not guarantee keeping your washrooms 100% germ free.

What can you do to create a cleaner environment?

Pure Washroom’s Sanair Service is perfect for keeping washrooms clean, sanitized and fragranced 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It automatically doses sanitizing fluid into the flush water which kills bacteria and also improves the effect of each flush, inhibiting scaling, staining and the build-up of organic waste. Sanair also omits a fragrance into the air of the toilet cubicle, creating a nice fresh smelling toilet. The Toilet Seat Sanitiser Service also provides a hygienic toilet seat treatment with a single application effectively wiping away dirt, germs and bacteria.

The best thing, however, about having Pure Washrooms’ Sanair and Toilet Seat Sanitiser Service installed in your washroom is that we will take care of everything with regular servicing, ensuring your workplace toilet is kept clean and sanitized and freshly fragranced.

To talk to one of our team about our Sanair and Toilet Seat Sanitiser Service, please call us on 0844 8000 121 or drop us an email.

Making the Right First Impression.

How do you feel when you visit a business with branded entrance mats? Our research tells us that visitors to sites with a branded entrance mat feel more pure-washrooms-matconfident about the business they are visiting as they feel the business takes pride in itself and its appearance.

The small detail of an entrance mat can make a big first impression about your business and the products and services you provide.

Alongside the aesthetics, these mats also provide a service as they will reduce the amount of dirt and germs brought into your workplace, helping to protect your workforce and visitors. A mat will also help minimise the amount of moisture walked into your building. Wet floors are a health and safety issue and it’s important to do what you can to avoid these.

What does your entrance say about you? A worn or dirty entrance mat can create a bad impression for visitors which may hold back potential customers from deciding to do business with you.

Pure Washrooms’ provides a barrier or entrance mat “Lift and Lay” service. We will take care of everything for you and regularly change your entrance mat, so the first impression is always the right one.

For more information please complete our short contact form, or give us a call on 0844 8000 121


Supplying and servicing entrance and barrier mats is just one of the many washroom services we offer to businesses across Coventry and Warwickshire.

Pure Washrooms Invests in New Digital Service System

Pure Washrooms embraces innovation whether its developing new ideas for our products or improving how we carry out our servicing. We have recently Pure_Paperlessinvested heavily in a new digital service system, which means our engineers are always up to date with the latest information and our customers enjoy a more streamlined and paperless service process.

All our engineers are now equipped with an iPad, which communicates directly to our office service system over the 4G network. When your engineer turns up on site, he already has all your information to hand; including contact details, location information, access times plus additional service notes allowing your business to carry on as normal, you will hardly notice they are there!

During the service, the iPad is used by our engineer to keep track of what tasks have been carried out and timings of the site visit. Once the service is complete, we want to ensure you are satisfied with your site visits and the device is used to capture your signature. This is then formatted into an easy to read Electronic Service Receipt, which will be emailed to you; you know exactly what services have been carried out and have easy access to your washroom servicing report for your records.

All our customers are enjoying the benefits of our new system and tell us that it is making a positive difference in terms of time spent on service visits and accessing service reports. As a business, we are also seeing the benefits as our paper and printer ink usage has fallen dramatically, which fits in well with our own environmental policy.

If you are interested in finding out more about our Washroom Services,
please contact us via the website or call us on 
0844 8000 121

NVQ Training For Pure Washroom Service Technicians

The IWSA Independent Washroom Services Association has initiated an NVQ Training Programme for Washroom Service Technicians under the auspices of Pure Washrooms Service TeamCity & Guilds Facilities Management Training Programme.

The first day of a three day course was held on Wednesday 8th March 2017 at the offices of IWSA Founder member Pure Washrooms in Coventry West Midlands UK. Delegates attended from Pure Washrooms and from other IWSA members Millennium Hygiene, Diamond Hygiene and Chiltern Hygiene. Two more training days to complete the course are scheduled for April and May.

The course is arranged as three full days in consecutive months and delegates cover a range of topics including Health & Safety, Waste Management, Kaizan and Lean working practices, COSHH, Vehicle Management & working with customers, amongst other related topics.

Key objectives of the programme include the importance of developing good customer relationships, techniques to develop improved working practices, safety in the workplace and statutory requirements relating to waste management.

Delegates who successfully pass the end of course exam on the final day will be awarded a Certificate in Facilities Services Level 2 City & Guilds Accredited.

The course has been developed by Paul Rodgers and run by Richard Fathers from MCP Consulting Group based in Solihull West Midlands. MCP has over 30 years’ experience providing Operational Improvement programmes, Maintenance Assessments and CI Training worldwide.

The IWSA was founded in 2006 and comprises over 30 company members who are all independent owner managed washroom service companies operating across the UK. IWSA members have over 200 service technicians offering quality services to customers in all areas of the UK, a national service delivered locally.

On-going training and the personal development of our team is something we take very seriously at Pure Washrooms. Our staff are as important to us as our customers and we aim to deliver a high duty of care to them both.
We are always on the lookout for new talent and if you are interested in joining our team, please contact us.

Looking for Washroom Services in Coventry, Warwickshire, Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire?

Meet the new regional members of the Pure Washrooms’ Sales team!

At Pure Washrooms, we pride ourselves on customer service and delivering a washroom service to suit your exact requirements; from the moment you get in touch with us, you will be taken care of. Our sales team are trained to listen and use their in-depth knowledge of our services to create a bespoke service package designed specifically for your site(s).

We have had a couple of new members join the team at the end of last year and we would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to them. Introducing Carley Flaherty and Elaine Austin-Walters…

Carley Flaherty, Area Sales Manager.Carley joins our Sales Team as Sales Manager for Coventry, Rugby, Kenilworth, Warwick, Leamington Spa and Stratford upon Avon areas. She has spent all her life in Coventry and lives locally with her 10-year-old daughter in Bedworth. Carley has had five years’ business to business sales experience. Her interests include going to the gym, socialising, and buying shoes!



Elaine Austin-WaltersElaine joins our sales team as Sales Manager looking after Northamptonshire, Bedford and Milton Keynes. She brings with her twenty years’ experience in our industry in both sales and customer service.  Elaine has lived in Northamptonshire all life. She is married to Sean and between them they have 5 children and 5 lovely grandchildren.

Carley and Elaine are enjoying life visiting both new and old customers in Coventry, Warwickshire, Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire. They would be happy to call in and see you too.

To book an appointment, please call the office on 0844 8000 121

Did you know that 22nd March each year is World Water Day?

In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly officially set 22nd March as World Water Day. It was created by the UN with one goal to aim for; to ensure that everyone in the world has access to safe drinking water by 2030.

Each year a theme is chosen to highlight one specific issue around water usage and this year the theme is Waste Water. The 2017 campaign encourages us to do what we can to reduce the amount of waste water we produce.

At Pure Washrooms, we understand that reducing water consumption and waste water is good for both the environment and your utility bills. We have developed several products to help you achieve this:

Pure Flush – Saves up to 9 litres per flush PureFlush

The PureFlush is a retrofit variable flush mechanism developed to save water and reduce water bills.  The average 9 litre cisterns use approximately 10 litres of water during each flush, as an extra litre flows from the ball valve during the process. The PureFlush allows the user to reduce this by up to 9 litres per flush, simply by pressing the green button. Due to the innovative design, the PureFlush can be retro-fitted to most existing WC cisterns, using the spare handle hole.

Sensaflush Urinal Water Management System – Reduces your water consumption by up to 90% Sensaflush

The Sensaflush significantly reduces water consumption and associated costs by eradicating unnecessary and expensive water wastage when flushing your urinals. The unit detects urinal usage and flushes after urinals are used. The unit flushes automatically if detection does not occur for more than a 12-hour period.

Pureco Urinal Sleeve Service – Saves water and reduces blockages

Using the very latest technology, Pureco is a cost-effective way to tackle all the problems associated with urinal hygiene. This revolutionary urinal saPureconitation product reduces the risk of blockages, leaks and smells. When the urinals used, urine passes through and around the ‘bio-cap’ and a small amount of bio enzyme is eroded into the solution activating the enzyme. This breaks down the uric salts and limescale reducing the risk of blockages. The Pureco system also includes a purpose-built urinal water manager which significantly reduces water consumption and water bills.

Take a look at our water saving case studies:

Coventry theatre feeling flush after pure washrooms help reduce their water bills by 50%

Car showroom cuts water bills with help from pure washrooms


If you would like to know more about our water saving services, please contact us today for a free site survey.
You can call us on 0844 8000 121 or email 

Spread the Love not the Germs

February is the month of love and romance; well maybe that’s just in the movies! In reality, it is another month of fighting off Winter colds and viruses and we spread the love not the germsare all desperately looking for the first signs of Spring in the air.

Combat the bugs!

The impact of staff illness on your workplace in terms of cost and lost hours can be severe as you battle with covering absences from the never-ending cycle of illness and germs spreading around your business. Apart from putting your staff in isolation, is there anything that can be done?

Let us tell you about an ingenious little piece of equipment called the PureAir Steril. The PureAir Steril is proven to kill 98.11% of bacteria and viruses in the air and on surfaces. It fits discretely on the walls in your washrooms and around your offices and quietly works away purifying the air and eliminating the germs.

Hands Off!

Hands are the biggest culprit when it comes to spreading germs. You can’t watch over everyone and it’s difficult to implement a hand-washing policy, but you can keep your door handles bug-free. Think about it; where is the one place constantly in contact with hands? Your door handles. Eliminate the bugs from here and you’re halfway through winning the war on staff sickness. Our Pure Mist Door Handle Sanitizer fits neatly on to your doors and automatically sprays a fine mist over the door handle, killing off any germs and halting the spread of illness.

To find out more please get in touch and one of our friendly sales team will be
happy to pop out to see you and give you a demonstration on how these work.

Our Vending Machines are Ready!

The Pure engineers have been busy over the last few months getting our customers’ vending machines ready for the new £1 coin which is being circulated by the Royal Mint from March 2017.Tri-vend

Washroom vending machines provide a valuable customer or workforce service giving them an opportunity to buy products discreetly and without having to leave your premises.
Whilst washroom vending machines might not be the top of your workplace environment priority list they do provide a very important and often under-rated service in business environments. They can contribute to your workforce or customer satisfaction.

Taking on board customer feedback on the range of products dispensed from our vending machines, we have decided to launch a Tri-Vend machine.

Tri vending machines for washrooms offer an even great degree of flexibility and many businesses now use them – giving you the ability to offer an additional product.
You can rely on Pure Washrooms to provide a regular effective vending machine service that includes a choice of products that are stocked at each service. We supply all the leading sanitary & tampon products.

If would like to find out more about our vending machine service,
please give us a call on 0844 8000 121 or visit our vending services page.