An innovative new app has been launched which aims to raise washroom standards in businesses and public places across the UK. The Cleen App is free to download and enables customers and visitors to rate the washrooms in any type of venue from restaurants and shopping centres to sports stadia and airports.
With the Cleen App, users can either compliment accessible and clean washrooms or post complaints and issues they have faced such as dirty basins, no soap or toilet paper, access problems for people with disabilities and lack of baby changing facilities.
The reviews are fun and easy to post by clicking different icons and users can even upload photographs to support their review.
These can then be viewed by other Cleen App users so that they can see which venues have good – and poor – washroom facilities and make a choice to visit accordingly.
Venues can then use the new Cleen Dashboard gain full and immediate access to reviews so that they can take action and directly respond to customer feedback.
Cleen App has been welcomed by Martin Austin, Managing Director of Nimbus Disability.
The not for profit company is one of the country’s leading providers of disability related advice and support to businesses including managing the now widely recognised Access Card for many major venues across the UK to provide a more efficient and dignified way to communicate needs and evidence disability.
“The accessibility and standard of washrooms is a major consideration for disabled people when they are deciding where to visit – whether that be a shopping centre, theatre or restaurant. Cleen App is therefore a simple and engaging way of giving disabled people a voice to share their experiences – good and bad – to help other people make those decisions. I hope that it will be embraced by businesses in all sectors as there is a growing understanding amongst businesses that disability, simply put, is good for business. Disabled people themselves have spending power in the UK of around £80 billion but this is heavily influenced by their perception of a business’s ability and willingness to work with disabled customers and employees. Access to washrooms is sometimes governed by the physical make up of a building but there is no excuse for sub-standard facilities and cleanliness and Cleen app addresses this which is very welcome.”
The technology has been developed by Derby-based HSG. Managing Director Simon Rice explained:
“It has long been a bug bear of mine that, in this day and age, we are still faced with washrooms that are dirty, smelly with no toilet paper and overflowing nappy and sanitary bins. Having worked in the washroom industry for many years, I was determined to give the public a voice and turn the tide on the washroom roulette. This enables people to share their experiences – good and bad – so that others can make an informed choice about where to give their patronage. It’s a particular issue for the hospitality industry. How many times have we gone to a restaurant and walked out after visiting the washroom – presuming that a grotty loo means a dirty kitchen? Many washrooms are also still not fit for purpose - and therefore badly affect the quality of life - for a large part of our community and particularly for people with disabilities and parents needing baby changing facilities.”