Industry News | April 13, 2012

Cintas Begins Search for 2012’s Best Restroom

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Do you own or operate an establishment with a beautiful, clean restroom? Are you the creative mind behind a public restroom designed or customized to integrate function with fashion, or to bring personality into a space where you least expect to see it? Maybe you’re the client or customer who appreciates a clean, well-maintained, and tastefully designed washroom?

Cintas need your help finding the best loo in the land! Nominate a deserving washroom online today at www.bestrestroom.com. Ten finalists will be announced in August, at which time online voting will begin.

The winner and runner-up will be revealed this fall and top vote-getters will secure a place in Cintas’ America’s Best Restroom Contest Hall of Fame.

Worthy nominees will compete for a chance to be crowned 2012 King of the Throne in the 11th annual Cintas’ America’s Best Restroom Contest and revealed during a nationally publicized media event this fall.

The contest is open to any non-residential restroom in the U.S. that is accessible to the general public. Entries will be judged on cleanliness, visual appeal, innovation, functionality, and design elements.

Cintas launched the America’s Best Restroom Contest more than a decade ago to recognize establishments that place high value on hygiene and style in their public restrooms.

“The condition of the restrooms in a restaurant, hotel, or other public facility undoubtedly influences a customer’s overall experience,” says John Engel, Cintas senior marketing manager.

“Participating in this contest was a great opportunity for us. If you have a restroom that you're proud of, it's time to show it to the nation!” says Mark Mustacchio, vice president of Don’s Johns Inc., a top-five finalist in last year’s contest. “This contest not only creates national visibility of your venue or company, it creates pride in the work you put into your restrooms and sanitation. A contest like this shows your customers that you truly care about their experience.”

Past winners and finalists, along with existing Cintas customers, recognize the correlation between clean restrooms and customer satisfaction and retention.

“Cintas’ America’s Best Restroom Contest salutes business owners who invest in the upkeep of their facilities because they know it makes smart business sense,” Engel says.  

Chicago’s famous Field Museum gained national media attention for its spacious and family-friendly restroom design, taking first place in the 2011 contest.  

“It's certainly had a positive effect on our staff, which in the end, affects business,” says Emily Waldren, who manages public relations for the Field Museum. “Our housekeeping and facilities staff are certainly the unsung heroes of the Museum, and this recognition was exciting for them, increasing morale. I believe that shows in their continued work.”

Business and Location
2011 Winner: The Field Museum. Chicago, Illinois
2011 Runner-up: Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel. Arlington, Virginia
2011 3rd Place: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Scottsdale, Arizona
2011 4th Place: Don’s Johns Presidential Luxury Restroom Trailers. Chantilly, Virginia