CINCINNATI -- Cintas Corp., a leader in facility services, recently introduced Where to Wee (W2W), a free iPhone and Android mobile phone application that allows users to find public restrooms in their vicinity and rate them based on their cleanliness.
"We have all been in a situation where we've really needed to go to the restroom and did not know where to go," said Staci Farmer, marketing manager at Cintas. "With Where to Wee, users have the peace of mind that they'll be able to find a restroom anywhere, and more importantly, that it will be clean based on others' ratings."
When launching the app, users will see a map showing nearby public restrooms, which are highlighted by a colored "commodicon" based on ratings. Top-rated restrooms are indicated with a green icon, average-ranked restrooms are displayed with a yellow icon and unrated restrooms are displayed with a grey icon. By clicking a list icon, users will see a full list of available restrooms including their rating so they can choose the cleanest restroom in their area. W2W has the largest database of restroom locations compared to restroom finder apps, so users always benefit from a comprehensive list of nearby facilities.
To help others locate a clean restroom, the app asks users to rate restroom conditions using a five-point system. Users can rate the availability of soap and toilet paper, the appearance of the sink and toilet areas and odor levels in the restroom. Users can also upload pictures of restrooms directly from their phone into each review. To be rated, a restroom must receive a minimum of five user reviews. Ratings will be based on the most recent reviews to guarantee accuracy and to provide below average restrooms an opportunity to improve their cleanliness for their users and earn higher ratings.
"This app is a huge improvement over basic restroom finder apps because it not only has the most restrooms in its database, but it provides the ability to find a clean restroom based on user ratings," said Farmer. "It eliminates the guesswork of wondering where you can find a restroom and whether it will be suitable when you get there. Whether you're a parent with young kids, a teenager, a road warrior, a holiday traveler or someone with digestive issues, it's a must-have app and will continue to improve as more users rate restrooms."
A New Braunfels, Texas, Buc-ee's convenience store recently took the No. 1 slot in Cintas' annual America's Best Restroom Contest.
Based in Cincinnati, Cintas provides highly specialized services to businesses of all types primarily throughout North America. Cintas designs, manufactures and implements corporate identity uniform programs, and provides entrance mats, restroom cleaning and supplies, tile and carpet cleaning, promotional products, first aid, safety, fire protection products and services and document management services for more than 900,000 businesses.