Did you know that it is easier to transmit bacteria from wet skin than dry skin? It is true. That is why properly drying your hands is an important part of hand hygiene. However, what does it mean to properly dry your hands? Some people swear by paper towels. Others think that hand dryers are the way to go. What does that mean for you, as a business?
At Flick, we believe in the power of hand dryers for your washroom. Hand-drying effectiveness has to consider how fast it dries your hands, how dry your hands get, whether the drying method removes bacteria, which one is a greener alternative, and whether it creates a risk of cross-contamination.
The studies comparing hand dryers to paper towels are mixed. When properly disposed of in a waste receptacle, paper towels may create less risk of disease transmission than hand dryers. However, if you have ever been in a public restroom, you know that is not always the case. Paper towels can not only create a health hazard, but also leave your washroom looking disheveled if not disposed of properly. So, for sheer neatness, hand dryers win.
Hand dryers tend to dry hands more quickly and thoroughly than paper towels. That makes them a great alternative for people who want to make sure their hands are completely dry. So, for thoroughness, hand dryers also win.
Unlike paper towels, hand dryers are always available. You do not have to worry about restocking them. That means that guests or customers will always be able to dry their hands, even if you have not been able to restock paper towels.
Over their lifetime, hand dryers are also a greener alternative than paper towels. While sourcing the supplies needed to build and maintain hand dryers does use resources and electricity production has its own environmental costs, the carbon footprint for a well-designed hand dryer ends up being lower than the carbon footprint for paper towels.
Another big benefit of hand dryers is that they are less expensive than paper towels. How much can you save? You may pay about 1/3 per month for hand dryers than you would for paper towels. Multiply those savings over months of use and for all of your washrooms and the result could be a significant savings.
For those reasons, we think you should consider investing in hand dryers for your washroom. To find out more, contact us at Flick. We can discuss different hand drying models with you and give you a cost estimate for your business. We think you will be pleasantly surprised by how affordable they are.
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