Are non-touch appliances in the washroom the way forward now?

A public or workplace washroom will typically have either a hand dryer or a paper towel dispenser. In the past, we’ve had to touch or come into some sort of contact with the appliance in order to dry our hands. However, in this new pandemic era of heightened awareness around hygiene safety, this isn’t exactly too feasible anymore. Especially when washrooms harbour a lot of germs!

So, this is where non-touch appliances come in. These are appliances that don’t require a person to come into any contact with it. These could be hand dryers, paper towel dispensers, or sensor taps. All have the ability to make sure our washrooms are safe for workers and the public to use without any added risks.

Sensor taps – the new and improved tap?

Sensor taps are starting to gain a lot more popularity recently, especially in modern washrooms. They are taps that are also activated by the user. They are great for saving on water and energy, amongst other benefits.

But more importantly, they reduce the spread of germs around the washroom and/or onto the individual. It means that when you wash your hands, they stay nice and clean, instead of having germs back onto your hands because you need to turn the tap off.

They’re a great alternative to your regular taps, and we could really see a rise in their popularity due to the current situation the world is now in.

But aren’t all hand dryers non-touch?

The answer is mostly yes. However, you can still get those clunky older hand dryers that require you to activate it yourself, usually through pushing a button. These are the older more traditional hand dryers, but they’re still out there, especially in some public bathrooms. I know I’ve definitely still seen them around in recent months.

This of course raises some hygiene concerns. We don’t want to be coming into contact with a hand dryer in order to dry our hands. It sort of defeats the whole point. And even if washrooms are regularly cleaned, these contact points would still get germs building up throughout the day, especially in high traffic washrooms.

And now that we’re all slowly going to start to be back in workplaces, this is even more true. We want to completely minimise the contact points in washrooms to only what is absolutely necessary.

But non-touch hand dryers are a lot more common now. These are hand dryers that are automatic and sensor activated instead of physically activated by the user. So, requires zero contact with the appliance.

Now, we’ve seen some of the myths floating around regarding the hygiene of hand dryers. And this is something we discussed at length in a previous blog post on coronavirus and hand drying methods. But there is no conclusive evidence to show that hand dryers spread the virus any more than paper towels.

What about paper towel dispensers?

Have you ever been in a public bathroom and got into a game of tug and war with a paper towel dispenser? Yes? Same. These dispensers probably get more contact than those push-button hand dryers we mentioned before. They are more saturated contact points, especially when they get stuck or remain empty.

Paper towel dispensers are an ideal drying method for washrooms that don’t have an electric supply or for washrooms that need a no noise drying method (for example – some schools, hospitals, etc). But no noise shouldn’t mean a compromise on hygiene.

So, what if we didn’t have to come into contact with the dispenser? Well, this is possible! And it’s possible because of automatic paper towel dispensers. These are also sensor activated by the user, and run on batteries. But can also run on mains power if an electric supply is present in the washroom.

They also allow you to fill the dispenser up with a second roll, so that when one is finished, it automatically changes to the new roll. So, minimising the issue of empty dispensers too.

With non-touch paper towel dispensers, contact points can be drastically reduced, which helps to reduce our risks to coronavirus and other germs.

Reducing the contact points in a washroom has never been more vital than now.

If done properly, you could have a washroom that had close to zero contact points. Something that the public may push for more and more as we all get back into the world, and go back to work.

At Intelligent Facility Solutions, we offer a wide range of non-touch appliances that could improve and benefit your washroom in a number of ways, but more importantly, by helping to minimise unnecessary hygiene and health risks.

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