Germs aren’t just gross, they’re potentially dangerous—and you don’t need to be germophobic to understand the dangers they present. Now is the perfect time of year to keep you on your toes with germ awareness, and how our line of high-efficiency hand dryers can help to alleviate your germ concerns.
Know the Facts About Germs
From the flu to the common cold to rising COVID-19 cases, January is the time of year when germs are on everyone’s minds. In fact, on average, there are at least one and a half times the amount of germ related news stories in January than the rest of the year. So, in the spirit of keeping you aware, here are some (slightly concerning) facts about these microscopic pests:
- Four different categories of germs cause various kinds of infections: bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites.
- One germ can multiply into more than 8 million germs in one day.
- There are between 2 to 10 million bacteria on your fingertips and elbows alone.
- Nearly 80% of illness-causing germs are spread by your hands.
- Wet hands are 1,000 times more likely to transfer germs that dry hands
Why are hands such a hotbed for germs? We use our hands to touch uncountable surfaces—cell phones, keyboards, faucets, doorknobs and more. What’s worse, between each of those touchpoints, we also touch our faces about 16 times per hour, providing any germs and viruses we’ve picked up easy access into our body.
Why Go Touchless?
As evidenced with the previous statistics, the best method to reduce the spread of harmful germs is to reduce the overall number of touchpoints through intelligent product design. Nowhere is that more critical than in public restrooms, where we’re exposed to surfaces that have been touched and possibly contaminated by an unknown number of hands.
Each of our high-efficiency hand dryers offers a touch-free, hands-under design to remove excess touchpoints during the washing and drying process. The risks of restroom bacteria are common, but with a hygienic solution like our XLERATOR®, XLERATOReco®, ThinAir® or XLERATORsync® Hand Dryers in your facility, you can cut the touchpoints of contagion and protect the health of your restrooms’ users.
To further alleviate your germ concerns, we provide optional HEPA filtration on XLERATOR and XLERATOReco hand dryers (it comes standard on the XLERATORsync) for an added level of protection. The system has been proven by independent testing lab LMS Technologies to remove 99.999% of viruses from the airstream. It’s also the only filtration system in the industry that features a removable, washable, metal pre-filter that extends the life of the filter and eases restroom maintenance.
Germs may be an important issue, but we have the tools you need to alleviate those concerns. Are you interested in learning more? Please contact us to discover how our groundbreaking line of hand dryers can help keep your facility more hygienic.