People of a slightly younger generation havebeen left surprised after finding out what WC actually stands for. Often seen on signs indicating the location of a public toilet, some were left surprised when they they actually find out what the famous letters mean.
Wheelchair was one idea people have come up with for the initials, but it actually stands for Water Closet
The term water closet originates from the early days of public bathrooms in the 19th Century as a way to spare the blushes of people who wanted to use them.
In the 19th Century, the word toilet was not uttered in polite society, nor were the bodily functions associated with the use of a toilet. In order to avoid that, the term ‘water closet’ was invented to describe the then-new flush lavatory, particularly in public places.
The acronym WC was seen as being far enough from its function to be uttered, albeit with some embarrassment and reticence and so came into regular use just as google is used as a term for searching.
According to the plumbing website, Plumbworld, the phrase was first used in England in the 1870s.
It was originally known as a “wash-down closet” before becoming referred to as a “water closet” through popular usage before finally evolving into the popular acronym, “WC”.
The 19th Century was a significant period of innovation for the modern toilet with advances improving public health and hygiene.
One of the most famous sanitary engineers of the time, Thomas Crapper, was hired by the Royal Family to replace the toilets at Sandringham House in 1886, but that’s a whole other story ;)
Check out our range of Toilet cubicles to find out how you can refresh your Washroom WCs…
‘Cubicle Configuration’ refers to the situation where the cubicles will be located. These include Enclosed (between walls), Corner, In-line and In-line with Return. We require this information in order to provide a quotation.
Cubicles are made-to-measure and priced on a job-to-job basis.
The cost of the project changes depending on:
• How many cubicles and panels are required
• The configuration of the cubicles
• The chosen material and range of the cubicles
Pennine offers a practical washroom solution for those with a low budget. There is a straightforward colour choice or Speckled or Plain Grey, White or Cream. This range is also dispatched between 5-10 working days. View Pennine product page.
Due to the majority of products being made to measure, pricing is on a job-to-job basis.
Email (email@example.com) your washroom requirements to us along with a drawing or sketch and we’ll do the rest.
Alternatively, visit www.washroomcubicles.co.uk/quote to fill in an online form.
Our Sales team are on hand to answer any questions you may have on 01924 457600.
Lead times can vary from 5 to 15 working days depending on your specific requirements.
PLEASE NOTE: Lead times may increase during busier periods of the year (i.e. school holidays)
Those looking to refurbish washrooms during school holidays are advised to place their order several weeks beforehand.
The Cairngorm, Cotswold and Privacy cubicle systems are suited for use in shower / changing areas or in areas that are likely to be subject to a wet environment. This is because they are constructed from Compact Grade Laminate (CGL) material, which is waterproof and durable.
Cubicle Centre offers an alternative range of exclusive vinyl designs which can be applied to your cubicle doors on request. There are currently four different design created exclusively for Cubicle Centre including, Happy Everything, Space Adventure, Colourful Chameleons and Ocean View. The vinyl designs are available on the doors of our children’s cubicle ranges, including Brecon and Sydney.
For MFC products, remove general stains and marks with a proprietary non-abrasive bathroom or kitchen surface cleaning solution on a damp cloth. Do not use excessive amounts of water or solution.
CGL products are water proof and can be cleaned more intensely with water and solution.
Avoid scrubbing or using anything with sharp edges in contact with the panels.
Cubicle Centre manufacture and supply only. We recommend that fitting is done by a competent joinery team. Each range has its own set of fitting instructions sent with the order. Our team can help with any other instructions via telephone on +44 (0)1924 457600.
The British Standard 6465-1:2006 Sanitary Installations document has information, formulas and tables explaining how many toilets, urinals and basins should be provided. The calculations are different for each location. The document covers, schools, offices, shopping centres, entertainment venues, restaurants, pubs and swimming pools.
Different sectors have different washroom regulations.
For example, a school has different toilet layout regulations to an office. To save time and effort when planning your project we created PDF guides for different sectors. Schools, offices, leisure centres, stadiums and holiday parks are all covered.