Avoiding Restroom Bacteria and A Hand Dryer That Kills Germs

We have all had to use public restrooms and more than likely, we all hate the experience. The simple thought of picking up germs is something each of us has to deal with every single time we enter a public restroom. The most common habits are to enter the restroom without touching where others have touched, avoid anything commonly used in the restroom, wash our hands, and exit by not touching the door handle. Most readers will be surprised to find out where the highest counts of bacteria actually live and how they can be spread.

Most of us have been misled by paper towel manufacturer funded studies that paper towels are more sanitary than hand dryers. Now this article is not really about hand dryers vs. paper towels so we won’t go down that road. The debate will live forever. And the truth is, because of the false understandings, most people prefer paper towels still. But let’s just present two quick facts and then move away from this debatable topic.

Bacteria Killing Hand Dryer

Cold Plasma Clean Technology Kills Bacteria Fast While Hands are Drying

The first fact being today’s hand dryer technology is far superior than it was in the past. For example, ProDryers offers the American Dryer ExtremeAir CPC which kills just about all bacteria. Yes, you heard that correctly. The CPC hand dryer has been independently proven to kill E.coli, C.diff, Staph, MRSA, and Salmonella. It has not been tested for bacteria such as Ebola yet. There is a high probability that it will kill most bacteria as it basically converts air to cold plasma. Using ionized air that contains positively and negatively charged molecules that attract and kill germs, it results in the by-product of pure water vapor. Cold plasma is commonly used in hospitals to treat surgical wounds and prevent bacteria. It’s also used in the food industry. This technology has recently been introduced, and not a minute too soon as we battle the spread of bacteria inside and outside public restrooms. This hand dryer uses cold plasma technology that cracks bacteria open like an eggshell and literally creates a sanitized bubble of clean air. The result is nearly all bacteria is killed and hands are sanitized upon exit of the restroom which greatly cuts down on the spread of germs.

The second fact is many studies have recently been introduced that prove bacteria actually lives on paper towel. You can find many forms of bacteria on both virgin paper towel and recycled paper towel. Damp paper towel will have much more bacteria present, but even unused paper towel may have bacteria waiting to jump onto your hands.  Doing a quick Google search on “bacteria lives on paper towel” will prove this point with reputable studies.

So where are the hot spots for bacteria in a public restroom? Surprisingly, hand dryers do not normally contain much bacteria unless they are push-buttons. We know paper towel dispensers contain fair bacteria counts. But one of the largest breeding grounds for bacteria in a restroom is at the sink. At all costs, avoid touching the counter-tops and sink area. Many people believe the most contaminated areas would be the toilet seats. Not the case. Although the thought of public toilet seats is gut wrenching, it’s not highly probable to pick up diseases and bacteria from toilet seats in general. Of course if urine has hit the seat, that would elevate the bacteria count. But the most dangerous point of using the restroom is when the toilet is flushed. Bacteria basically waits until the toilet bowl is empty and at it’s driest point, and then the bacteria jumps out in a mist where germs from urine and feces can be ingested. It is strongly advised to cover your mouth and nose when flushing and exit the stall as quickly as possible. And remember, the American Dryer ExtremeAir CPC will kill not only germs and sanitize the air around you, it will also kill odors. This is just another reason why all facilities should consider the cold plasma clean hand dryer.

So how do we avoid pickling up germs since we know all public restrooms have bacteria waiting for us? Most restrooms today do not have fully automatic, touch-less technology throughout the restroom. Automatic faucets help greatly to reduce the spread of germs, but one piece of touch-less technology cannot do the job alone. Our restrooms today should focus on as much touch-less, hands-off technology as possible. Automatic flush valves, sensor operated faucets, touch-less soap dispensers and infrared activated hand dryers should all be used. However, our best bet to avoid bacteria is to avoid touching items we really don’t need to touch. For example, when entering the restroom, use your shoe to push open the door. If a door must be pulled to open it, then use a napkin or the end of your sleeve to protect your hand. Try touching on the handle where most people would not touch, like the very top. Another good strategy is to follow somebody else in so you can avoid touching the handle altogether. While inside the restroom, cover the toilet seat if you must sit down with toilet seat covers or toilet paper. But keep in mind, toilet paper dispensers are often harboring plenty of germs. Some restrooms have toilet seat cover dispensers, but to be honest, not many. When flushing the toilet, use your shoe if the flush valve is not automatic. Remember to cover your mouth and nose and exit the stall as quickly as possible. When washing hands, spend at least 30 seconds scrubbing thoroughly. Remember to scrub under the finger nails and between fingers. Friction will also kill off germs so wash with intent to harm these little bugs. Avoid touching the faucets. Manual faucets should be touched in areas of the faucet handle where others would not normally touch it. Consider using a paper towel to turn on the faucet. Although we know bacteria lives on paper towel, the faucet has a much higher bacteria count. Using paper would be better than touching the faucet with your bare hand. Upon exit, look for an automatic hand dryer. It’s much more hygienic than a paper towel dispenser. If you are lucky, the hand dryer will be HEPA filtered or utilize cold plasma like the ExtremeAir CPC. Upon exiting the restroom, try not to touch the door handle. This is pretty much common knowledge. Although we know bacteria lives on paper towel, it would be better to use paper towel to open the door if not other way exists as the door handle will likely have a fair bacteria count.

Can a hand dryer kill Ebola?

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Cold plasma kills bacteria and germs, and now it’s available with a hand dryer

Can hand dryers kill Ebola?  First, only one hand dryer (today) actually kills germs.  As Ebola and other bacterial and viruses cause concern, what can we do to prevent the spread of germs?  One hand dryer at ProDryers, the ExtremeAir CPC (Cold Plasma Clean) converts air into cold plasma (the air is warm).  The ExtremeAir CPC is fast becoming the choice of hand dryer for schools, hospitals, offices, and other public places where preventing the spread of bacteria and germs is a concern.  The ExtremeAir cold plasma hand dryer uses CPC technology to kill nearly all bacteria and germs.  It has even been independently proven to kill E.coli, Staph, MRSA, C.diff, and Salmonella.  So can the ExtremeAir CPC hand dryer kill Ebola?  As Ebola is very new to the world, it’s quite difficult to have that study done.  Hopefully that study can be performed in the future so we can state the facts on Cold Plasma and its effect on Ebola.

More on the ExtremeAir CPC:

  • Uses Cold Plasma Clean technology
  • Dries hands in 10-15 seconds
  • Adjustable sound and speed
  • Compact design
  • Universal voltage

The ExtremeAir CPC uses a generator that converts air into cold plasma which is a well know and trusted method of killing germs in industries such as health care and food processing.  Plasma is also known as the 4th state of matter.  It is ionized air that contains positively and negatively charged molecules that attract and kill germs.  The by-product is pure water vapor.  Cold plasma can be found in mountain tops  and ocean breezes.  It’s natural and safe.  Proven cold plasma technology has been used to improve air quality in commercial buildings since the 1930’s.  Schools, hospitals and other facilities use this technology to keep the air clean.  More recently, cold plasma has been used in the medical industry to treat surgical incisions, and in the food processing industry to break down harmful microbes.  And now, cold plasma has been engineered into a hand dryer to kill nearly all germs!

CPC technology is independent proven to be safe and effective.  Two of the nation’s leading microbiology labs were selected for testing.  EMSL Labs is an elite CDC-certified lab with AIHA accreditation in industrial hygiene and environmental microbiology.  Antimicrobial Test Labs (ATL) is a GLP-compliant laboratory audited by the EPA and FDA.  The ExtremeAir CPC hand dryer with CPC technology has also been tested for safety by Underwriters Laboratory (UL), passing both the UL867 and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) standards.

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Hand Dryers Spread Germs, FALSE!

If you believe hand dryers spread germs, you could not be further from the truth.  ProDryers is here to educate readers on hand dryers and the spreading of germs.  Hand dryers have come a long way with technology.  Nearly all studies favoring paper towel over hand dryers have been funded by the paper industry.  And, in nearly all studies, old hand dryers of 20+ years were used.  There are plenty of hand dryers today that are more hygienic than paper towel. 

For the best example, look at the new ExtremeAir CPC hand dryer.  The ExtremeAir CPC kills 99.6% of all germs on and around hands.  In fact, even if the soap dispensers are out of soap in the restroom, this hand dryer will still kill 99.6% of germs on hands.  It creates a bubble of sanitized warm air.  Technically it’s using cold plasma.  But don’t be confused by the name, the air is still heated by a heating element.

Proven cold plasma technology has successfully been used to purify the air in commercial buildings since the 1930s. The prestigious Cleveland Clinic, Baylor College of Medicine and Boston Children’s Hospital use this technology to keep the air clean. More recently, cold plasma has been used in the medical industry to treat surgical incisions and kill bacteria in the food processing industry. Today, the eXtremeAir cPc hand dryer has advanced this technology to kill the germs on your hands while you dry them.

CPC technology is proven to kill harmful pathogens including E.Coli, C. Diff, Staph, MRSA, and TB. Testing has been done independently by EMSL Labs, an Elite CDC certified lab. The eXtremeAir with CPC technology has also been independently tested for safety by Underwriters Laboratory (UL), passing both the UL867 and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) standards.

More on Cold Plasma, and specifically how American Dryer uses it in the ExtremeAir CPC:

How does CPC Technology Work?  Cold plasma, or bipolar ionization, is nature’s way of cleaning the air and killing germs. High levels of ionization are found in the fresh air breeze off the ocean or on top of a mountain. CPC technology is natural and safe. It does not create harmful levels of ozone. The cold plasma generator inside the EXTREMEAIR® CPC uses steady-­‐state positive and negative discharge points to split water molecules in the air into oppositely charged hydrogen (H+) and oxygen (O2 –) ions. These ions in turn break down gases to harmless compounds prevalent in the atmosphere. For example, ammonia that causes typical body odor breaks down to oxygen, nitrogen and water vapor. Air is made up of millions of molecules, including harmful gases, fibers, mold, bacteria, and viruses. CPC technology breaks down those harmful molecules into simple, safe, naturally occurring molecules.

The bipolar ionization generator creates cold plasma discharge from the outlet nozzle of the hand dryer that consists of positive ions (H+) and negative ions (O2 –) from water vapor in the air. These ions surround harmful substances such as airborne mold, virus, bacteria, volatile organic compounds and allergens. The ions are transformed into hydroxyl (OH•) radicals on the cell membrane surfaces to rob the harmful substance of a hydrogen atom (H), severing the protein walls of the cell membrane inactivating them. The OH• radicals instantly bond with the removed hydrogen (H), forming water vapor (H2O), and return to the air.

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Germs! How They Breed, How They Spread, and How Cold Plasma Kills Them!

Germs are everywhere.  They lie in wait on tables, door knobs, computers, and any other surface open to air, to pounce on us and make us sick.  Sometimes it feels like a losing battle, fighting off a bug, having it go through the entire household or workplace, then coming right back to infect you all over again.  Besides living in a bubble, what can we do to stop this vicious cycle?  ProDryers knows the answer.

First, let’s start with those pesky germs.  We use the term germ to mean any kind of pathogen that makes us sick.  Bacteria is only one of many pathogens.   Although 90% of bacteria are “good” bacteria, which is needed for us to live, that 10% of “bad” bacteria can cause many different diseases.Bacterial infections include E. coli, TB, Lyme disease and many more.

Bacteria is a single cell that reproduces by binary fission.   Simply put, it clones itself.  The single cell bacterium divides in half to make two identical daughter cells.  When the right temperature and nutrients are available, some bacteria like E. coli can divide every 20 minutes.  In one hour, one single bacterium becomes eight.  Doesn’t seem like much, does it?  After seven hours, one bacterium can generate 2,097,152 bacteria.  After one more hour the number of bacteria will have become 16,777,216! That’s why we can quickly become ill when pathogenic microbes invade our bodies.2

Bacteria spread by the tiny droplets from sneezing or coughing.  These droplets can fly through the air, as mist, up to 10 feet.  They can live on chairs, light switches and computers for up to 2 hours.  Once on our hands, they can live longer.  Since we touch our face an amazing 5500 times a day, we will eventually touch our eyes or mouth to transfer that tiny droplet filled with bacteria into our bodies.

The CDC says that the best way to kill pathogens is to wash hands.  Their recommendation is to:

  • *Wet your hands with clean running water (warm or cold) and apply soap.
  • *Rub your hands together to make a lather and scrub them well; be sure to scrub the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  • *Continue rubbing your hands for at least 20 seconds.  Need a timer?  Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  • *Rinse your hands well under running water.
  • *Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry.3 

Also from the CDC:

“Wet hands have been known to transfer pathogens much more readily than dry hands or hands not washed at all. The residual moisture determines the level of bacterial and viral transfer following hand washing.  Careful hand drying is a critical factor for bacterial transfer to skin, food and environmental surfaces.”   Acceptable hand drying methods listed are single-use paper towel, single-use cloth towels and hand dryers.4

So, now we know how fast some bacteria breed and how to stop the spread of bacteria, but few people actually wash their hands well enough to kill the pathogens from their hands.   According to a Michigan State University study, only 5% of over 4000 subjects were observed to wash their hands correctly.5   If the majority of people are not doing their part in keeping germs down to a minimum, how are we to keep those germs away from us?

A new technology in medicine is making breakthroughs around the world.  It’s called cold plasma and it may change the way we use medicine in the future.  Plasma is the fourth state of matter.  Matter changes as it heats from a solid to a liquid to a gas to plasma.  Plasma is found naturally throughout the universe and on earth.  In simplest of terms, cold plasma is plasma “cooled” to approximately 105o.  It is likened to the fresh air on a mountain top or ocean breezes.  It is what we use in neon lights and plasma TV’s.   This technology has been around since the 1920’s, but only recently was discovered to have medicinal value.

Cold plasma has been studied around the world in the use of killing pathogens in surgical sites.  Svetlana Ermolaeva, at the Gamaleya Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology in Moscow has determined cold plasma is a superb method of killing pathogens in wounds.  “Cold plasmas are able to kill bacteria by damaging microbial DNA and surface structures without being harmful to human tissues.  Importantly, we have shown that plasma is able to kill bacteria growing in biofilms in wounds…”6

ProDryers is pleased to offer American Dryer’s revolutionary new hand dryer called the eXtremeAir cPc (Cold Plasma Clean).   It uses cold plasma to actually kill pathogens while drying hands in warm air.  A plasma generator is installed in their very popular eXtremeAir hand dryer.  Pathogens like E. Coli, C diff, Staph, MRSA, and TB all die when put under the eXtremeAir cPc hand dryer.  These are all pathogens that can cause mild to extreme illness and even death.  Simply placing hands under the dryer will kill those germs that make us sick. 

The eXtremeAir cPc has the smart multi-voltage motor, adjustable speed, and compact style the popular eXtremeAir has, with one major differenceIt is the only dryer to actually kill germs and deodorize hands.  The applications of this innovative new dryer are enormous.  Schools, sports venues, hospitals, work places, restaurants, anywhere where people convene, are perfect places to install this dryer.  Will we ever get rid of all the pathogens in our environment?  No, never, but the eXtremeAir cPc will help us get out of living in that bubble.





5- http://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2013/eww-only-5-percent-wash-hands-correctly/



Schools Dealing With Sick Children Should Consider the New American Dryer ExtremeAir CPC Hand Dryer.

School has begun and winter is right around the corner and for the next nine months our beloved children will bring every virus, germ, bacteria and flu bug into our homes.  Children happen to be our most precious resource on earth, but let’s face it, they are also the most germy.   They congregate in a petri dish called school.  Every day sick kids go to school and give every other child in the school the opportunity to share in the experience.  Wouldn’t it be great to kill all those germs in that petri dish before they have attached to our children and come home?  Sound like science fiction?  ProDryers says maybe not.

The average child in America has a cold 6 to 10 times a year and colds are the cause of most visits to a doctor for school age children.  Worst of all, there is no cure for the common cold.  It is spread through droplets of coughs and sneezes that lay on the table, pencil or light switch that our children touch every day.  Once touched, that tiny droplet full of germs enters the body by touching eyes, nose or mouth.  With people touching their faces an average of 5500 times a day, the odds of catching a cold are astronomical.

More than two-thirds (32 million) of school-aged children (aged 5–17 years) in the United States missed school in 2011 due to illness or injury.   There were  52.2 million cases of the common cold which resulted in nearly 22 million lost school days.  “Children gathering in schools is one of the main ways germs circulate in communities,” says Athena P. Kourtis, MD, PhD, MPH, a pediatrician and author of Keeping Your Child Healthy in a Germ-Filled World.(1)

Germs are found everywhere in school.  Some germs can live up to two hours on tables or door knobs.  A 2005 study of germs in schools found school water fountain spigots and plastic cafeteria trays had the most germs than any other area in school. The spigot had 2,700,000 bacteria and the cafeteria tray 33,800 bacteria per square inch.  Yet, there were only 3,200 bacteria per square inch on the restroom toilet seat.   The theory is toilet seats get cleaned regularly, while trays and water fountains do not.

Following some simple rules will help reduce the spread of germs in schools.  Frequent hand washing is a must.   The proper way to wash hands is to use soap, rubbing up to the wrist, between the fingers and under the nails preferably using a nail brush for at least 20 seconds.   That is roughly the time it takes to hum the happy birthday song two times.   Hands should be washed before eating, after using the restroom, blowing noses or playing outside.  There was a study in Detroit schools which showed that scheduled hand washing, at least four times a day, can reduce gastrointestinal illness by more than 50%.

Pathogens like E.Coli (Escherichia coli), C. diff (clostridium difficile), Staph (Staphylococcus aureus bacteria), MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), and TB (Tuberculosis) are all prevelent in schools.  These pathogens can cause mild to extreme illness.  Some kinds of E. coli can cause diarrhea, while others cause urinary tract infections, respiratory illness, or pneumonia to name a few.  C. diff is one of the most common cause of infectious diarrhea in the US and can range from mild to life-threatening.

Lethal staph infections used to occur in people who were hospitalized or had a chronic illness or weakened immune system.   Now healthy people are developing life-threatening staph infections and many staph infections (MRSA) no longer respond to common antibiotics.  Healthy people can get these infections by skin-to-skin contact such as high school wrestlers or small children holding hands or hugging.  According to the CDC, approximately 80% of infectious diseases are transmitted by touch.  They estimate up to 49,000 people die from the flu or flu-like illness each year.  They recommend the best protection from this type of illness is frequent hand washing.  (2)

TB is a disease caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The bacteria usually attack the lungs, but TB bacteria can attack any part of the body such as the kidney, spine, and brain.   If not treated properly, TB disease can be fatal.

Children’s immune systems are less mature than those of adults, so they are more susceptible to germs.  They also are in close contact with each other and younger children have germy habits, such as sticking fingers and objects in their mouths.  These pathogens are in our schools and come home with our children.

American Dryer has developed the new eXtremeAir cPc (Cold Plasma Clean) hand dryer which will change the way we think about germs.   This revolutionary hand dryer actually kills germs.   Just think of how well this hand dryer will work in our schools, especially the lower grades.  We can teach children over and over how to wash hands, but will the kids actually do it correctly?  The eXtremeAir cPc will make it a moot point.  Wetting the hands and putting them under the dryer will kill the germs on the hands and the immediate surrounding air.  Pathogens like E.Coli, C. diff, Staph, MRSA, and TB all die when put under the eXtremeAir cPc hand dryer.

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American Dryer has been making hand dryers for over 55 years and has an excellent reputation for the best in hand dryers.  The eXtremeAir cPc is just an extension of the already popular eXtremeAir.  It has many features like fast dry time, smaller size, smart multi voltage capability and an adjustable motor.  It is now the only dryer to kill germs.

If every child washed their hands and used the eXtremeAir cPc to dry them, germs would be kept to a minimum in schools and our homes.  Just putting hands under the dryer will kill germs and odors without actually washing them!  They would not be visually clean, but they would be germ free.  That is a major step in the right direction.

Anthony Dicicco, CEO of ProDryers, says “As a father of grade school kids, I’d like to see the eXtremeAir cPc in the school my kids go to.  We didn’t have many colds in our house until my oldest started school.  Now, after the cold goes through the entire family and we’re finally over it, a new one comes along.”

ProDryers is a master distributor of all hand dryers including top brands such as the Excel Dryer Xlerator, Dyson Airblade, American Dryer ExtremeAir, World Dryer, and much more.



Hand Dryers in Public Restrooms, Beach Bathrooms, Hotels, Rest Areas, and More

Owning your own business makes it difficult to find time for vacation.  However, with two small children, finding time away with the family is a must.  It’s a fine balancing act to juggle owing a business and scheduling family vacations.  The easiest way to make fun time for the kids is to plan a quick weekend vacation.  One of the benefits of living in Michigan is the numerous lakes, and even great lakes.  So we decided to take a quick trip to Ludington, MI and enjoy Lake Michigan and some downtown shopping.  Ludington is a place that I have visited often throughout the 90’s.  It’s since been built up with hotels and businesses which have brought in more tourism and taken away from the simple beauty of downtown Ludington.  However, I’m sure it’s also good for local business.  Regardless, the public city beach is still one of the nicest beaches to take kids.  My kids played for hours in the sand.  When it came it came time to use the restrooms, my 5 year old son Mathew was a bit disappointed in the hand dryer.  It was a slow 40 second hand dryer and no paper towel dispensers were installed at all.  The biggest problem we both had with this was the fact that we know damp hands are 1,000 times more likely to spread bacteria than dry hands according to the Dyson Airblade literature.  A 40 second hand dryer just doesn’t dry hands completely.  With the lack of paper towel systems used by the exit, we had to touch the door handle with damp hands just like everyone else had to.  That means a lot of bacteria likely lived on that door handle.  With a 40 second dry time, paper towel by the exit is a must because right outside the restroom was the concession stand where hamburgers, hot dogs, French fries, and many other finger foods were served.  Both Mathew and I are hand dryer experts and we would have preferred to see either a hygienic Dyson Airblade with a HEPA filter that eliminates 99.97% of all bacteria from the air before it is blown onto the hands, or a super-fast Xlerator hand dryer, or American Dryer Extreme Air with a Palmer Fixture exit towel system by the door.  All of these would have saved energy while providing a more hygienic experience.

We stayed in the Ludington Holiday Inn Express hotel.  Mathew was very pleased to see the Xlerator hand dryer (his favorite) installed in the restrooms that lead to the main pool area.  He made a joke; “now that’s a hand dryer”; not a bad joke for a 5 year old.  On the drive home, we ran into the Xlerator hand dryer in restrooms at rest areas as well.  Our hands were dried in 10 seconds flat, completely, and both of us were happy campers!

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We are in the process of moving all of our blogs over to this location as our other blog host has had some technical issues.  We apologize for the inconvenience.  If you are in search of hand dryer articles please see our hand dryer news section at ProDryers.  We are one of the top 3 hand dryer distributors in the entire United States.  Get the absolute best prices possible on all top, major brands such as the Excel Dryer Xlerator hand dryer, the Dyson Airblade, the American Dryer ExtremeAir, all World Dryer models, Palmer Fixture’s BluStorm, the Mitsubishi Jet Towel, and even hard to find models by Bobrick, ASI, Saniflow, and more.  Call ProDryers at 888-50-DRYER now and we’ll educate you on hand dryers like no other company can!  We will offer the best solution for your specific needs and take the time to make sure we understand the type of business, the restroom audience, the amount of traffic, concerns for noise, ADA compliance requirements, and anything that may play an important role in the deciding factors of which hand dryer may best fit your restroom.  View our online reviews and see why so many choose ProDryers!

Paper Towels Can’t Compare to Hand Dryers Armed with HEPA Filters to Kill Bacteria

Washing hands in a public restroom and bacteria has been associated with one another for years.  Numerous studies have been conducted, and the debate is ongoing.  Which is more sanitary, a hand dryer or paper towel?  Fact: Most of the studies favoring paper towels have been funded by the paper towel industry.  The fact is: the paper towel industry is on the ropes and naturally fighting back hard.  Fact: the hand dryers used in most (possibly all) studies, were not of the new hand dryer breed.  New technology used in hand dryers such as the Xlerator, Dyson Airblade, Extreme Air, SlimDri, iStorm, Jet Towel, and more range from electrical costs such as $35.00 per year or 18 cents per 1,000 uses to operate.  Each hand dryer manufacturer has its own claim on energy savings, but one can’t deny, when it comes to hygiene and sanitation, some of the newer hand dryer models use HEPA filtration which eliminates 99.97% of all bacteria in the air before the air is used to dry hands.  The Dyson Airblade and iStorm are equipped with HEPA filtration systems while units such as the Xlerator hand dryer can be retrofit with a HEPA filter kit as needed.  The same can’t be said for paper as bacteria actually lives well and breeds in damp used paper towel scattered across the restroom floors.  Worse yet, bacteria and germs are proven to live even on dry paper; recycled paper actually hosts more bacteria and germs than virgin paper towels.  See www.handdryersvspapertowels.com for more eye-opening proof on hand dryers vs. paper towels.

Studies have proven that unused paper towel hold bacteria. In the American Journal of Infection Control, researchers found these bacteria and claim it could be transferred to hands after washing.  Other studies have found that a certain kind of bacteria that has been found in paper towel have been associated with eye, lung and blood infections. A bacillus bacterium which was also found in unused paper towel is known to produce toxins which can lead to food poisoning.   Although these bacteria may not affect those that are healthy, those with weakened immune systems needing extra caution may find it important to stay away from paper towel.

Not only are there proven studies that bacteria is found in almost all unused paper towel, the fact stands that bacteria spreads far greater when on damp paper found scattered around the restroom. How many times have you walked into a restroom and seen paper towel scattered across the floor, on the counter tops, and thrown all around the trash can with a few pieces actually making into the garbage can?   So aside from paper towels being full of bacteria before actual use, they are even more harmful after they are used and tossed on the floor making the restroom unhygienic and unappealing.

A clean and sterile bathroom is a key factor in keeping your employees and customers happy.  Keeping a clean hygienic restroom is an area overlooked by many business owners, yet doing something so simple will not only make your restroom cleaner, it will also save you loads of cash from monthly paper towel costs while saving energy, trees, land-fill space, and other precious resources.

The only area paper towel is still a fairly decent choice is near the restroom doors where people may wish to use paper to exit without making contact with the door handle.  For this reason, ProDryers offers the ExitTowel system by Palmer Fixture.  The Exit Towel is much smaller than a standard paper towel and offers a cost effective way for opening doors on the way out of a restroom.  Stop wasting money today, call 888-50-DRYER or visit www.ProDryers.com and get the best prices on hygienic hand dryers with HEPA filters that eliminate 99.97% of all bacteria in the air.  No paper towel on earth can top that!

Dyson Airblade Drives New Technology in Hand Dryers, What’s Coming Next?

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Dyson came into the hand dryer market with a bang introducing the Dyson Airblade.  It was different, it was innovative, and it was received very well.  So what is so unique about the Dyson Airblade vs. other hand dryers?

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The Air Knife technology makes the Dyson hand dryer unique from most hand dryers.  Air Knife is a technology used in the industrial world when stripping liquids from solids.  The Dyson dryer strips water from hands (both sides simultaneously) at 400 MPH.  It’s very hard to argue that any hand dryer today dries hands faster than the Dyson Airblade.  The technology it uses is just superior when it comes down to dry time, but many units are not noticeably slower.  Units like the Xlerator hand dryer or American Dryer ExtremeAir hand dryer dry hands in about 15 seconds, yet cost 1/3 what a Dyson normally sells at.

The Airblade uses a HEPA filter to eliminate 99.97% of all bacteria in the air.  It is the only hand dryer to have NSF and HACCP certifications even for food safe usage on food lines or kitchens where food is prepared.  Only the AB02 Aluminum Airblade carries the HACCP food safe approval.

ADA compliance with the Airblade is achieved without the need to recess the dryer as it can be detected by a cane when installed properly.  It’s mounted at a height where anyone can use it from children to people in wheelchairs.  Dyson offered a solution to just about every challenge with a hand dryer.

Watch the Dyson Airblade Video to learn more or visit our Dyson Airblade Review page.

So what’s next for Dyson?  As a master distributor for the Airblade, we are waiting just as eagerly as the public.  So far Dyson has spawned changes to the hand dryer industry as other manufacturers have taken off the gloves.  Many new products are coming out, but one that has already hit the market is the iStorm hand dryer by Palmer Fixture.   This hand dryer is very unique and offers the very latest in hand drying technology.  The iStorm combines many of the features from all of the top hand dryers into one single unit, yet it also offers a unique design and changes the game in how future hand dryers may be built.  The iStorm is designed so the user places the hands inside a circular frame.  As the hands are placed inside the circle, air from 3 different directions drives the water down and away from the hands.  The water is confronted by an absorbent ceramic plate that captures most of the water while the remaining water is drained through to a drip tray.  The iStorm utilizes a super-filter that eliminates 99.9% of bacteria through a 3 layered filter system from HEPA, carbon, and antibacterial.  The design of this hand dryer is causing quite a stir in the hand dryer world.  It also offers an on/off heat switch and an adjustable motor for controlling sound and speed.  

This leaves us wondering where Dyson will go next.  Will they improve on the existing Airblade or will they introduce a whole new solution to drying hands?  The world waits…

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Water Parks Could Use Hand Dryers and Touchless Restroom Products to Combat Bacteria

Touchless Restrooms in Water Parks are Essential to Fighting the Spread of Bacteria

Touchless Restrooms in Water Parks are Essential to Fighting the Spread of Bacteria

Water parks, especially indoor water parks, are potentially some of the most bacteria-rich vacation destinations.  Bacteria breeds in wet areas and spreads by human touch throughout the facilities.  The public restrooms at water parks are clearly a breeding ground for germs.  Hygienic restrooms would go a long way in retaining repeat customers.  Everything in the restrooms should be touchless.  The floors are already a challenge to keep dry as wet swimmers frequently drip water everywhere while using the bathroom.  The constant loop of traffic repetitively spreads the germs back into the water park and hotel or resort.  Small children spread germs and bacteria rapidly, especially in damp, wet environments.  Keeping water completely off the floor is just not a realistic hope in this type of environment, but maintenance crews should be mopping the floors regularly and the floors should be designed to drain water constantly.  After visiting many outdoor and indoor water parks, finding a hygienic restroom design has been a challenge.

Restrooms should utilize touchless hand dryers such as the Dyson Airblade, the Xlerator, the Extreme Air, or one of the many World Dryer high speed hand dryers.  The Dyson Airblade is the most hygienic hand dryer on the market as it has earned the HACCP and NSF certifications.  The HEPA filter removes 99.9% of all bacteria in the air before blowing air onto the hands at a 12 second fast dry time utilizing air knife technology.   The Excel Dryer Xlerator, American Dryer ExtremeAir, and World Dryer SmartDri are also great choices for keeping swimmers and water slide fanatics from having to touch paper towel dispensers.  Paper towels in water park restrooms are an absolute unhygienic solution as damp paper will end up scattered across the floors and stuffed in toilets.

Water parks need partitions for toilets, urinals, showers, and dressing rooms.  The partitions should be fire-resistant and not rust from exposure to dampness or collect odors.  Bobrick offers a full line of toilet partitions and restroom stalls to choose from with rapid 10 and 20 day shipment times.  In some cases, over 400 color choices are available.

Bacteria are spread by touch from surface to surface.  Eliminating the human touch from the equation will greatly reduce the spread of bacteria and germs.  Touchless, automatic faucets and touchless flush valves are an essential step in reducing the breeding grounds for harmful bacteria.  Hydrotek is a high quality brand offering the very best in automatic faucet and hands-free flush valves in terms of quality and durability.  Besides reducing the spread of bacteria, automatic flush valves and faucets will conserve water and energy leading to a more cost efficient solution.

Automatic soap dispensers should be placed near sinks instead of manual soap dispensers.  Again, water parks should utilize touchless technology in the restrooms wherever possible.  Automatic, touchless soap dispensers cut down on overuse of soap and lead to cost savings as well.

It should be a given, but all restrooms (water park or not) should always include baby changing stations.  There is nothing more frustrating to a parent than trying to use a restroom designed without babies in mind.

The next important product all water park restrooms and locker room should use is commercial hair dryers made for gyms and locker rooms.  The World Dryer AirStyle hair dryer or the Excel Dryer H76 are both great solutions for drying wet hair fast.

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For your convenience, a list of the top indoor water parks to visit in the United States is listed below:

Great Wolf Lodge, Grand Mound, Washington
America’s largest family of indoor water park hotels, Great Wolf has 12 lodges to its name. Its only West Coast location is in Grand Mound and draws much of its attendance from nearby Seattle. Those looking for thrills either head to the Howlin’ Tornado, a raft ride that swirls riders up its funneled 30-foot sides, or the River Canyon Run, where a round raft drops six stories through a chute, sailing over 500 feet of water in all. There’s also Fort Mackenzie, a four-story tree house loaded with suspension bridges, cargo nets, and full buckets to keep climbers soaked. 20500 Old Highway 99 SW, Centralia, Wash., 800/640-9653, greatwolf.com/grandmound/waterpark. Park access for resort guests only; from $199 (includes water park tickets and sleeps four).
Short drive from Tacoma (55 miles), Seattle (84 miles).

Wilderness Territory Waterpark Resort, Wisconsin Dells
Four distinct parks make up this massive 600-acre resort, which stays a balmy 88 degrees regardless of the temperature outside. It may take several seasons to experience all of the rides here, but the park’s tour de force is the Hurricane—a family raft ride that drops 58 feet then spins into a funnel that mimics a hurricane in enough detail (lightning and fog machine alert!) to be as terrifying as it is fun. Kids and adults alike attest that filling up the kiddie pool with “Bumper Boats” was a sheer stroke of genius, and a word to the wise: The Great Wave—a 15,450-square-foot wave pool that pits swimmers against five-foot swells—is addictive. 511 E. Adams St., Wisconsin Dells, Wis., 800/867-9453, wildernessresort.com. Park access for resort guests only; doubles from $99.
Short drive from Madison, Wis. (55 miles).

Splash Lagoon, Erie, Pennsylvania
The first water park in the U.S. opened in 1989, and 13 years later Pennsylvania finally caught on onto the trend with Splash Lagoon. It may have taken a while, but as this park proves—some things are worth waiting for. The Tiki Tree house is right at the top of the park’s greatest hit list—half fortress, half obstacle course, the attraction is a favorite among kids who love the bridges, slides and the huge bucket of water that periodically deluges unsuspecting guests. Of course, waterslides feature prominently here and the two standouts are: Shark Attack, a furiously fast body slide that twists and turns outside the building; and the Black Hole, a tunnel slide that leaves you in the dark until the very end. The park attracts about 400,000 annual visitors and will open a new 30,000-square-foot wave pool this summer. 8091 Peach St., Erie, Penn., 866/377-5274, splashlagoon.com. Day passes from $35; rooms at varying hotels in the area from $119 (includes water park tickets).
Short drive from Cleveland (102 miles), Buffalo (96 miles), Pittsburgh (128 miles).

Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark, Boyne Falls, Michigan
In Michigan’s northwestern region, Boyne is best known as a ski escape. But the area is also home to the 88,000-square-foot Avalanche Bay, where skiers often thaw out in the 84-degree temperatures. Adventure-seekers should head to the South Wall, a 25-foot-high climbing wall that pours H2O on daredevils attempting to summit. Those keen to stay on the ground should listen for the Splasherhorn’s rumblings—the four-story play structure dumps 800 gallons of water on passers-by throughout the day. The park is also home to Michigan’s only surf simulator, the Rip Zone, where guests can try either stand-up surfing or boogie boarding. 1 Boyne Mountain Rd., Boyne Falls, Mich., 800/462-6963, avalanchebay.com. Tickets from $19; double rooms at Boyne Mountain Resort from $181 per night (includes water park tickets and free arcade tokens).
Short drive from Traverse City , Mich.(58 miles), Grand Rapids (169 miles).

Kalahari Resort, Sandusky, Ohio
The African-themed Kalahari is an expansive 173,000 square feet (it’s the largest water park under one roof in the U.S.) and features a spectrum of thrill rides, from the 55-foot-tall Cheetah Race waterslide to the speedy, 400-foot-long Rippling Rhino tube ride. But a must-do is the 500-foot-long Zip Coaster: Utilizing a conveyor belt system, it launches two-person rafts into a series of free-fall drops, on-a-dime turns, and tunnels, all in a 30-second blur. 7000 Kalahari Dr., Sandusky, Ohio, 877/525-2427, kalahariresorts.com/oh. Day passes from $39; rooms from $159 (includes water park tickets and sleeps four).
Short drive from Toledo (60 miles), Cleveland (62 miles).
Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Indoor Waterpark, Galveston, Texas
Meet the chain that invented the lazy river—a concept so popular that it’s now practically a requirement at any water park worth its salt. The latest outpost from Schlitterbahn—a family-owned operation with four parks in the U.S.—has put a twist on the concept by adding waves to a river that is nearly a quarter-mile long (called Torrent River, this splashy adventure is anything but lazy). The company has another first under its belt with this Galveston Island park, too; it’s the first “convertible” water park in the world, which means that it can convert from indoor to outdoor, depending on the weather. Of the dozen indoor attractions at the 26-acre park, the steep, 60-foot-high Rohr! is a favorite, where riders break speeds of 30 mph while whooshing down a 244-foot-long body slide. 2026 Lockheed St., Galveston, Tex., 409/770-9283, schlitterbahn.com/gal. Day passes from $28.
Short drive from Houston (50 miles), Austin (215 miles).


Water Park of America, Bloomington, Minnesota
This 70,000-square-foot water park is right next to the gargantuan Mall of America, refreshing tired shoppers with more than 300,000 gallons of water daily. The park’s signature is a 10-story-tall tower waterslide for raft riders that drops and curves for more than a mile (the enclosed-tube ride is so long that it even takes a loop outside the building!). No water park would be complete without a surf simulator, and the Water Park of America delivers with a wave-maker that moves water between 25 to 30 mph. For younger children there are three body-slides and activity pools. After drying off, kids can hit the huge arcade with more than 100 games. 1700 American Blvd. East, Bloomington, Minn., 952/ 698-8888, waterparkofamerica.com. Day passes from $20; rooms from $180 (includes water park tickets and sleeps four).
Short drive from Minneapolis (13 miles), Cedar Rapids, Iowa (266 miles).

Massanutten Resort, McGaheysville, Virginia
Massanutten offers more than just warm water temperatures and eight big attractions: The 42,000-square-foot glass-walled, pyramid-shaped structure also has views of the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. As for rides, the Melting Mogul body slide sends folks on a heart-stopping descent into total darkness, and the Peak Splash slide is more than 440 feet high and moves 2,000 gallons of water per minute. Parents can recover from it all in the Shenandoah Hot Springs, an indoor/outdoor hot tub that’s open year round. 1822 Resort Dr., McGaheysville, Va., 540/289-9441, massresort.com. Day passes from $38; double rooms from $150 (does not include water park tickets, and sleeps four).
Short drive from Richmond (106 miles), D.C. (146 miles).

KeyLime Cove Indoor Waterpark Resort, Gurnee, Illinois
Part of a 414-room resort, KeyLime’s 65,000-square-foot water park is decorated in dazzling colors, easily brightening up any Midwest winter. The real claim to fame is the dizzying Hurricane Vortex, which shoots raft riders 40 mph into an orange-and-yellow swirling bowl and then drops them on a 44-foot plunge. Kids can’t get enough of a pair of body slides named Wahoo and Screaming Banshee (the names really say it all), and parents are pleased with the adults-only whirlpool at the KeyLime Grotto. 1700 Nations Drive, Gurnee, Ill., 877/360-0403, keylimecove.com. Park access for resort guests only; double rooms from $180 (includes water park tickets).
Short drive from Chicago (40 miles), Milwaukee (50 miles).

Silver Rapids Indoor Waterpark, Kellogg, Idaho
Idaho’s largest indoor water park was built especially with teens in mind. The park’s calling card is Hoop Lagoon—a court-sized, three-foot deep, warm-water pool with real basketball hoops suspended overhead for friendly games. There’s also a Flow Rider surf wave that moves at 35 mph and the Crossing, where kids can jump between floating obstacles like lily pads. For together time, families flock to the Moose Sluice, a raft waterslide that sends parties of four careening through a dark tunnel. 610 Bunker Ave., Kellogg, Idaho, 866/344-2675, silvermt.com. Park access for resort guests only; rooms from $153 (includes water park tickets and sleeps four).
Short drive from Spokane (68 miles), Missoula, Mont. (129 miles).