Hand Dryer Maintenance and Cleaning: How to Sanitize Your Restroom
Germs are everywhere—especially in restrooms. Just like you would never use the restroom without washing your hands afterward, it’s extremely important to make sure your facility’s restrooms are cleaned regularly to maintain a sanitary space and minimize the transmission of germs. But cleaning your facility’s restroom doesn’t just mean bleaching the toilets and washing the countertops, if you have hand dryers, that means cleaning those, too. Here are some tips on how to sanitize your restroom as well as evidence that shows why Excel hand dryers are a hygienic solution for commercial restrooms.
Restroom Cleaning Tips
A wide variety of bacteria and viruses are found in public restrooms, such as streptococcus, staphylococcus, E. coli, the hepatitis A virus, the common cold virus and more. Following proper hand washing techniques is a surefire way to minimize your risk of catching these germs. But it’s also up to facility managers to keep their restrooms as sanitary as possible in the first place—especially since 95% of consumers will avoid an establishment in the future if they find the restroom to be dirty.
When cleaning your restroom, it’s important to make sure to hit all the high-touch surfaces with cleaner and disinfectant. These surfaces include toilets, urinals, sinks, door handles, fixtures and anything else that people touch often. Clean the toilet bowls with a treatment and use a brush to scrub the porcelain down after the solution has dwelled. Make sure to also completely wipe down any of the high-touch areas that were applied with cleaning agents. It’s also a good idea to mop the floors, refill trashes and wash the walls and mirrors in the restroom.
XLERATOR®, XLERATOReco®, ThinAir® and XLERATORsync® Hand Dryers feature hygienic, touchless activation, but it’s still important to clean and maintain them. To fully clean your hand dryer, make sure it’s disconnected from the power supply, wipe away the dirt from the inside and outside of the intake area and remove and clean the pre-filter. Watch our video for more detailed instructions.
XLERATOR = Hygiene
You may have heard stories on the news that call into question whether hand dryers are truly the hygienic or sanitary choice—but don’t believe the hype. In fact, there’s a lot of evidence that proves hand dryers like ours are more hygienic than paper towels.
First off, hand dryers are recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a supported hand drying solution. Some of our XLERATOR Hand Dryers even come with a HEPA filtration system that captures particles as small as 0.3 microns and removes 99.999% of potentially present bacteria. According to a study conducted by the American Journal of Infection Control, unused paper towels made from recycled fibers are home to between 100 to 1,000-times more bacteria than a wood pulp brand. That means that bacteria on unused paper towels may be transferred to a person after they’ve already washed their hands. Our hand dryers are also touchless, meaning you don’t have to encounter the paper towel dispenser or the trash.
If you’re looking to partner with us to install a more hygienic and sanitary hand drying solution in your restrooms, reach out to us online today.