What’s the best way for staff or customers to dry their hands in your washroom?
Before we come to a recommendation, lets look at the issues in washrooms that we would have all experienced:
As a patron, waiting (too long) for someone to finish drying their hands after you have washed yoursYou are now in a hurry so leave without drying your hands properly. GERM ALERT: wet hands transfer 1000 times more bacteria from one surface to another
Plus, sometimes, after using washroom hand drying equipment we feel like we are making our hands dirty again after just washing them
As a facility manager, you have to contend with the hygiene issues, convenience and the wet areas and marks on walls where patrons have flicked surplus water DIRTY & UGLY WASHROOM SYNDROME – avoid it!
What are the options?
Cloth Runner/Roll Towels – from a hygiene perspective, they consistently perform poorly versus other options. Contamination risks are higher as the towel is often not rolled and users touch where others have wiped there hands and it may still be wet (sound like touching a petri dish?).
Hand Dryers or Air Blowers – here’s the problems with blowers….
Too Slow – they often take 10 – 20 sec to effectively dry hands
Noise Levels – in enclosed toilet areas it often sounds like you are on an airport tarmac
Dissemination of Germs – bacteria can be projected between one and two metres from the device
note – whilst high speed air dryers dry hands quicker they do risk projecting bacteria further
Paper Hand Towels – the quickest solution and also transmits the least bacteria. This is supported by a research paper from a scientist at the Queensland University of Technology.
Now if paper hand towels are supported by a regular paper replenishment, a decent sized waste bin, in the right location and emptied frequently, we are on to a winner.
Disclaimer – these conclusions are based on hygiene, user convenience and washroom appearance, which as cleaning contractors, are the key factors we are exposed to regularly. There are other factors, such as energy use and envirnomental impact, which we will save for another time. There is a swathe of science to support some of these assertions so we won’t claim scientific rigour in our short commentary but we are sure plenty of you make similar assessments.
If you would like to discuss this further or any other cleaning or commercial property services issues please contact the team at Duticall.