Skip to main content

Nature Calls the Winner of Cintas America’s Best Restroom® Contest

J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge takes home the throne



SANIBEL, FL – Oct. 22, 2018 – The public is wild about the restrooms at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge in Sanibel, Fla. Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ: CTAS) today named J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge the winner of the 2018 America’s Best Restroom® contest.



“We’re thrilled that the public is as wild about our restrooms as we are,” said Toni Westland, Supervisor Refuge Ranger, J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. “As one of 566 national wildlife refuges around the country, we saw the restrooms as a major missed opportunity for educating visitors, which is why our new Learning Lavatories encourage visitors to become entirely immersed in refuge habitat and wildlife.”



Cintas revealed the ten contest finalists on August 6 and opened voting to the public through September 18. As the winner, J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge will receive the revered restroom treatment from Cintas. This includes $2,500 in Cintas products and services for restroom cleaning or facility management to keep their restrooms Ready for the Workday®, along with a lifetime of bathroom bragging rights.



Inside the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge restrooms, tarpon, otter, osprey, and sea turtle sculptures provide an underwater wildlife illusion. Photographic tile murals depict a lush, watery mangrove scene on one wall. Close-up professional bird photos wrap stall doors, with identification information on the inside. These Learning Lavatories dazzle, but also educate along the walk with interpretive messaging about the wildlife and saving the environment.
“We’ve been hosting this contest for 17 years and we’re still blown away by facilities like J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, which find new and innovative ways to make the restroom experience memorable,” said Sean Mulcahey, Marketing Manager, Cintas. “This contest serves as a great reminder that investing in your restroom facilities is more important than ever because it can impact the success of your business.”



The other finalists in the 2018 America’s Best Restroom contest included:
  • Barrio – Chicago
  • Bryant Park – New York City
  • Dream Hollywood Hotel – Hollywood, CA
  • Green Bay Botanical Garden – Green Bay, Wis.
  • Hotel La Jolla, Curio Collection by Hilton – La Jolla, CA
  • MI VIDA – Washington, D.C. 
  • Morgan Manufacturing – Chicago
  • The Mud House – St. Louis, MO
  • The Progress – San Francisco, CA



The ten finalists were selected based on cleanliness, visual appeal, innovation, functionality and unique design elements. You can nominate a restroom for the 2019 contest here.



For more information about the contest, please contact Christina Alvarez at or (708) 908-0898.


About Cintas Corporation:
Cintas Corporation helps more than one million businesses of all types and sizes get Ready™ to open their doors with confidence every day by providing a wide range of products and services that enhance our customers’ image and help keep their facilities and employees clean, safe and looking their best. With products and services including uniforms, mats, mops, restroom supplies, first aid and safety products, fire extinguishers and testing, and safety and compliance training, Cintas helps customers get Ready for the Workday®. Headquartered in Cincinnati, Cintas is a publicly held Fortune 500 company traded over the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol CTAS and is a component of both the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index and Nasdaq-100 Index.