The bathroom as we know it has come a long way — in prehistoric times, your bath could be 40 feet long, and if you visited the Palace of Versailles before 1768, there would be no toilets available at all, throughout over 700 rooms!

Prehistory — The Great Bath of Mohenjo-daro, the world’s oldest-standing public bathhouse, is constructed in Pakistan. It measures an impressive 880 square feet.
30th Century BC — The Sumerians of Mesopotamia built the oldest known toilets, consisting of deep pits lined with stacked ceramic tubes.
1300s — Edward III installs a bathroom in the Palace of Westminster.
1546 — King Henry VIII closes public bathhouses, blaming them for the spread of sickness.
1596 — The flush toilet was invented by Sir John Harrington (although it did not become widespread until the mid-1800s, when Thomas Crapper patented the valve-and-siphon design)

1767— William Feetham invents the first modern shower.
1775 — Alexander Cummings invents the S-bend — the curved pipe under the toilet bowl that stops sewer gases from entering the home.
1800s — Wooden baths begin to fall out of favour, being replaced with copper tubs.

1848 — Ignaz Semmelweis, a Hungarian doctor, identifies handwashing as a way to prevent cross-contamination and infection.
1858 — The “Great Stink” in London (a very hot summer, in which the filthy River Thames became unbearably smelly), the government commissioned the building of the London sewer system. Before that, sewage would run through the streets and into the river!
1860s — Louis Pasteur, a French chemist, demonstrates that bacteria cause infection and disease rather than miasma (“bad air”) or spontaneous generation (the idea that bacteria was created by decay and disease, not the other way around). His work formed the beginning of modern Germ Theory, informing guidelines on sanitation and bathing to this day.

1889 — The electric water heater is invented.
1920s — Newly constructed council houses are built with indoor bathrooms for the first time.
1960s— The invention of tankless water heaters enables the public to install modern electric showers with an instant supply of hot water.

2013 — The UN designates November 19th as World Toilet Day, raising awareness of sanitation inequality and barriers to public health worldwide.

For help with modernising your bathroom in terms of supplies, hand dryers and other useful equipment and facilities, you can contact the Nexus team here.

There are plenty of simple steps that you can take to make your washrooms more inclusive in the workplace — so, have you considered installing sanitary bins in all your washrooms?

Providing Sanitary Bins for Men
When asked to picture a sanitary bin, most people will imagine the women’s washroom — a receptacle for pads, tampons, and associated menstrual waste. However, these bins serve a wider purpose that is just as applicable to the men’s restroom. Incontinence items, sanitary waste associated with disabilities, and other personal care waste can be produced by people of all genders— including incontinence pads, and the byproducts of stomas, catheters, colostomies and ileostomies. As a result, providing a suitable receptable in every washroom can make a huge difference to the wellbeing of both staff and visitors.

Inclusive Bathrooms are Better Bathrooms
Prostate Cancer UK is leading the Boys Need Bins campaign — often, men who require access to a sanitary bin are forced to use the disabled bathroom, which can cause anxiety and discomfort for those who do not consider themselves to be disabled as they feel like they are intruding. The campaign is working to change the law and make it mandatory to supply sanitary bins in men’s bathrooms.

Why Does This Matter?
The statistics might shock you — 1 in 25 men aged over 40 will experience some form of urinary leakage each year, and 1 in 20 men aged 60 and over will experience bowel incontinence in the UK. Furthermore, 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer (rising to 1 in 4 for Black men), which is the most common type of cancer in men. As many as 60% of those requiring surgical treatment for prostate cancer may experience urinary incontinence as a result. These numbers illustrate that the proportion of men who need to dispose of sanitary materials is far higher than you might expect, and they deserve to be able to tend to their personal needs with both convenience and dignity.

To talk about making your bathroom more inclusive, you can contact Nexus here.

April is IBS Awareness Month! Read on to find out more about this condition, and how you can get involved in raising awareness for people living with IBS.

What is IBS?
IBS, or Irritable Bowel Syndrome, is a chronic condition that affects the digestive system. It is the most common digestive system disorder, with up to one third of the population of the UK experiencing symptoms. It is very likely that you know someone who suffers from IBS. It is thought to be caused by over-communication between the brain and the gut. IBS can be made worse by stress, and is usually a life-long condition.

How Does IBS Impact People?
The symptoms of IBS can be very difficult to manage, particularly when sufferers are in public. They include constipation, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, nausea, bladder symptoms, and exhaustion. Anyone can have IBS, but it is slightly more common in women than men, and people tend to be diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 40. There is a lot of stigma and misinformation out there about IBS — people tend to be uncomfortable talking about their bowel habits, and there can be a sense of shame surrounding symptoms.

How Can I Contribute to IBS Awareness Month?
There are several charities and organisations that you can check out to learn more about IBS, including Guts UK and the International Foundation for Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD). You can also encourage your workplace to accommodate people with IBS, both members of staff and visitors to your site. Some ideas include putting up awareness posters in the bathrooms, ensuring that your facilities are fully stocked at all times, and ensuring that there are plenty of bathrooms available.

To talk about making your facilities more welcoming and prepared for visitors, you can contact Nexus here.

Happy New Year from everyone at Nexus Hygiene! Around the office, we have been discussing our New Year’s Resolutions, both personally and for the business. It got us thinking – what sort of habits are ideal for both professional settings and personal growth? Here are some of our top picks, which we will be focusing on in 2024.


Not only is it a creative way to process emotions and work through any problems you might face, but journaling provides a written record of your life that you can look back on fondly later. The principles of journaling are also present in good business practices – keeping well-organised records, protecting data, and approaching problems methodically. This year we are committed to optimising our record-keeping even further, and looking at issues from every angle to help our customers find the best solutions.

Time Management

Time management can be a challenge (very few of us enjoy an early morning!), but it is so important to get it right in a business context. Being timely is about more than just efficiency – it signifies that you respect the time and effort of those around you, improves your reputation as detail-oriented and conscientious, and ensures that you are prepared at all times. It can be a small habit that opens plenty of doors, so definitely worth focusing on in the new year.

Using Trusted Suppliers

Building strong business relationships can set up every new year to be successful. Just as individuals have brand loyalties to specific products and shops, businesses that choose suppliers that they trust can enjoy an understanding and a flexibility that facilitates better business practices. For example, at Nexus, our supplier of washroom consumables has been established for 25 years, and we have worked with them extensively to provide the best quality products. Benefitting from the knowledge of experienced experts is the perfect resolution to set yourself this new year, both at work and at home.

To talk to us about meeting your washroom needs in 2024, you can contact the Nexus team here.

The PANTONE Colour of the Year 2024 has been announced: PANTONE 13-1023 Peach Fuzz. This delicate, velvety shade reminded us of some of the colour trends we have seen in eras past, particularly in the bathroom. In this blog, we’re looking back on previous decades of decorating and remembering some of the best (and brightest!) of the bunch – which one would you choose for your office washroom?

1950s – Hot Pink

The 1950s were all about volume – big hair, loud music, and even louder colours! Hot pink bathrooms were fashionable and chic, adding a vibrant and exciting splash to the facilities. From tiling to towels, accent colour became a way to express individuality and liven up what was previously a much more utilitarian space.

1960s – Retro Prints

Move over, hot pink, here comes flower power. The garish patterns and colours of the 1960s were not just limited to clothing; they were often used to brighten up the bathroom! From paisley to polka dots, nothing was too much for the bathroom walls.

1970s – Avocado Green

Perhaps the most famous (and divisive) bathroom trend of all was born in the 1970s – avocado green. No such thing as too much, an entirely green bathroom was not an uncommon sight, from the porcelain to the tiling. Another common feature of 1970s bathrooms was carpeting instead of hard flooring, which might leave a modern decorator baffled but was all the rage 50 years ago!

2020s – Peach?

Skipping forward to the present day, PANTONE’s Colour of the Year may well begin to feature in 2020s bathrooms. With a light and airy feel, this gentle colour can help to open up a smaller space, and promote relaxation.

To talk to an expert about all your washroom needs, you can contact the Nexus team here.

As the holidays draw closer, the Nexus team wishes everyone a very merry Christmas! In this blog, we are thinking about what it is like to work with us during the festive season and will explain why we are the region’s first choice for hygiene and washroom services.

Hygiene Services

Nexus Hygiene offer Washroom Services, Infection Control, and Clinical Waste services. Our sister company also offers drain care, meaning that we can support you in a whole variety of business situations. Christmas can be a stressful and very busy time for businesses, particularly when things go wrong; if your clinical waste collector doesn’t show up on time, your washroom runs out of consumables, or half your staff come down with an illness, it can have catastrophic impacts on what should be a joyous and lucrative time of year.

Nexus Hygiene: Exemplary Service

Our services are always discreet, unobtrusive, and efficient. We know that you are busy running your business, so our staff will enter quickly, fulfil their tasks (such as waste collection, and replenishing washroom consumables) and then leave quietly. Think of us like helpful elves, making sure your workplace can function at its best by quietly slipping in and out and leaving you the gifts of vital products and services. Our reviews sing the praises of our staff, noting their professionalism and willingness to go above and beyond for every client.

Quality Assurance

At Nexus, we are are SafeContractor-approved. We are also approved by the Independent Washroom Services Association and the Healthcare Waste Management Association. We pride ourselves on delivering the highest quality services and products, and we are always looking at new and better ways to preserve the environment whilst delivering our services. We are proud to work with some of the region’s largest organisations – in other words, you can definitely find us on Santa’s nice list!

To inquire about working with Nexus, you can contact our friendly team.

The Water Fight

Glastonbury is here again! The annual festival features a starry line-up of bands and musicians who are guaranteed to draw the crowds. Somerset’s fields are awash with colourful, tightly-packed tents and yurts as far as the eye can see.

Often mud-drenched and raining, Glastonbury is an institution amongst festival-goers, with tickets selling out within minutes of them going on sale.

This year, WaterAid have created the Toilet of Dreams at Glastonbury –  a luxurious, fancy-pants loo for festival goers to use, as part of their more serious campaign, #TheWaterFight, to help bring clean toilets and water facilities to schools globally.

Across the world, three in 10 schools don’t have clean water and one in three don’t have decent toilets. WaterAid are lobbying the UK government:

“to include taps and toilets for every child in their plans for schools worldwide.”


(L-R) Tahiana, 11, Lanja, 9, and Esteffy, 10, posing with their face paint in Tsarafangitra village, Belavabary commune, Moramanga district, Alaotra Mangoro region, Madagascar. May 2017 [Image from]

Having basic and clean toilet facilities, which here in the UK we take for granted, children in poorer countries suffer because they don’t have this opportunity. Accessing good, hygienic facilities at school, children’s health can be improved and their ambitions to regularly attend school and better their education are more likely.

You can sign WaterAid’s worthy petition aimed at the UK government, here. Find out more about WaterAid’s work here.

Nexus Hygiene

Who do you trust?

When it comes to choosing who you work with, trust is an an essential part of that choice, but hard to demonstrate. We know that bad customer experiences lead to negative public perception of companies: you’ve only to look at the recent fiasco when United Airlines’ policy of ‘re-accomodating’ passengers lead to a serious physical assault upon a travelling doctor. The following $1b slide of United’s shares and stocks serves as a reminder of how bad publicity can ruin a business with speed.


Nexus Hygiene

We like to think that one of the reasons that our customers remain loyal to us year after year, is that we are a trustworthy company. Honesty is an important building block to all relationships, and we see our services to you as no different.

Nexus Hygiene have provided quality washroom hygiene services to companies across the northwest for over ten years. From sanitary bin service and disposal, to warm air hand dryer solutions to air fresheners to floor mat services…if you have washroom needs in your business, we’ve got it covered!


Because we’re a family-run business, our priority commitment is to provide you with friendly and excellent customer service at all times. We think this great quote from one of our customers, describes us so well:

“I use the services of Nexus Hygiene at multiple sites and have always enjoyed the care and attention paid by Simon and his team. They offer great advice and the personal touch a local operator brings, while delivering a service comparable to any of the ‘big boys’ at a very competitive price.”


Areas of Coverage

Accrington – Bamber Bridge – Blackburn – Blackpool – Bolton – Burnley – Bury – Chester – Chorley – Cleveleys– Clitheroe – Colne – Darwen – Fleetwood – Fulwood – Garstang – Heysham – Kirkham – Lancaster – Leigh – Leyland – Longridge – Lymm – Lytham  – Morecambe – Nelson – Oldham – Padiham – Penwortham – Preston– Rossendale – Runcorn – Skelmersdale – Southport – St Anne’s – Stockport – Warrington – Wigan – Wirral

Don’t see your area on our list? Give us a call! If you’d like a chat to discuss your washroom service needs and how we could help you, please don’t hesitate to give us a call or drop us an email.



Studies have shown that up to 70% of dirt on floors within businesses or establishments is actually brought in via people’s feet. That’s a lot of potential mess and bacteria to spread around a building, if it is allowed to walk-in without a barrier.

You can help to reduce the need for heavy floor cleaning in your premises by using a designated dust mat. A dust mat is specifically designed to trap walked-in dirt and moisture as soon as it is stepped upon. This improves the cleanliness of your building and means that you won’t have a continual need to clean the floors.



Mat Service

Here at Nexus, we provide a dust mat service. The service we provide for our customers ensures that the mats we provide are always well-presented and clean. Our staff members visit your premises at regular service intervals, removing used dust mats and exchanging them for fresh and professionally laundered ones. There is no inconvenience for our customers – we take care of it all.

Having a dust mat at the entrance to a business is a good health and safety measure. By trapping in water and dirt from customers’ shoes as they enter your premises, you are effectively reducing trip-hazards resulting from wet floors, leaving the moisture contained within the dust mat. These mats are a perfect solution for high-traffic areas of a business or for heavy industrial use.

Logo Mats

You could always take your company image one step further with a bespoke logo dust mat situated at the entrance to your building. This is an instant brand-awareness method, advertising your business to a potential customer or visitor as soon as they enter your premises.



By using a logo mat, you can still utilise all of the benefits of a dust mat service, whilst incorporating your brand or message displayed on the mats. Our multi-coloured logo mats come complete with your company logo or message, creating a highly professional business image with a practical hygiene solution for your customers, suppliers and staff members.

Nexus Hygiene carry out a dust mat service, along with a full washroom hygiene service throughout Lancashire and the north west, covering the areas of Accrington – Blackburn – Blackpool – Bolton – Burnley – Chorley – Cleveleys – Colne – Fleetwood – Garstang – Lancaster – Leyland – Lytham St Annes – Morecambe – Nelson – Preston – Skelmersdale – Wigan


Waste Transfer Notes: What Are They and What Do They Do?

Waste Transfer Notes:

A document that details the transfer of controlled waste from one site to another. You must ensure that every consignment of controlled waste that you receive or pass to others is covered by a Waste Transfer Note.

Waste Transfer Notes

Nexus Hygiene Ltd’s Waste Transfer Note

All controlled waste must have a Waster Transfer Note (WTN). This is to show accountability that a premises’ waste is collected by a licensed waste carrier. All controlled waste, such as clinical or sanitary waste, must have an accompanying WTN. This is sometimes issued annually by some companies and they may charge their customers for the privilege.

Here at Nexus Hygiene, we issue Waste Transfer Notes at every visit when we remove waste. We also provide this service free of charge. Nexus Hygiene take our responsibility as a registered waste carrier very seriously.

Copies of your WTNs must be by law, kept for two years. These can be requested by official agencies such as the Environment Agency as proof that waste is being disposed of in the correct and legal manner.

Waste Transfer Notes should also have codes for each type of waste that is to be disposed of. The Environment Agency is the official body who is responsible for the monitoring of waste disposal in the correct manner.

As a business, you have a Duty of Care. This means that you as a “waste holder” are responsible for ensuring the safe and correct disposal for any waste that comes from your premises. The Environment Agency’s description of a waste holder is:

Waste holders are a:

Waste Producer – any person whose activities produce waste. This includes private sector businesses such as shops, offices, factories and tradesman (eg electricians, builders, glaziers and plumbers) and public sector services such as schools, hospitals and prisons, as well as charities and voluntary and community groups

Your Duty of Care extends until you transfer your waste to an authorised person or company. This could be someone like ourselves, as a registered waste carrier for any controlled waste, or a local authority refuse collection. When your waste is collected by ourselves, a Waste Transfer Note will document this

Some of the common codes you may come across on Waste Transfer Notes include:

18 01 03  wastes whose collection and disposal is subject to special requirements in order to prevent infection

18 01 04 wastes whose collection and disposal is not subject to special requirements in order to prevent infection (for example dressings, plaster casts, linen, disposable clothing, nappies etc.

18 01 01 wastes of a sharp nature – needles, syringes.

A full list of all types of waste for disposal and their accompanying codes can be found in the Environment Agency’s guidance document here.

For more information on washroom hygiene services from Nexus Hygiene, please call us on: (01772) 671500 or email us here.