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?

ExtremeAir CPC Hand Dryer

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.

Buy this hand dryer at www.ProDryers.com or call 888-50-DRYER now!

My Experience in the Last Public Bathroom I Was In

Notice:  The views of this article are not necessarily that of ProDryers, but a 3rd party blog writer.  ProDryers has contracted with an external source to provide real American views and opinions of restroom sanitation and other topics.  This article was written by an everyday girl next door.

I think many people walk into a public bathroom and the experience is only memorable if the bathroom is very dirty or very clean. I would add that public bathrooms also stand out if they offer features that cut down on the spread of germs. It’s a good feeling when I leave a bathroom and I don’t want to wash my hands a second time. The last public bathroom I was in is one I visit almost every day. This particular bathroom has an automatic faucet but what it really needs is an automatic hand dryer. With paper towel in the bathroom things get messy quick. Everyday the bathroom fills up with used paper towel. It’s in the sink clogging the drain, on the floor, and all over the counter. Nothing about dirty paper towel everywhere feels sanitary. The tiny garbage can on the wall seems as though it was never meant to hold more than a few pieces of garbage. If everyone suddenly realized they’re adults and should throw their paper towel in the garbage can instead of on the floor; the small can would overflow.

The hand dryers that I think would be a good fit are the American Dryer ExtremeAir, Dyson Airblade or the Excel Dryer Xlerator. All three models can be found at www.prodryers.com. The Excel Dryer Xlerator hand dryer is a good option as it dries hands in just 10-15 seconds. It would fit well on the wall in a small bathroom. This bathroom fits only a couple of people at the sink before the door won’t close, so another great option would be the American Dryer ExtremeAir.  The USA made ExtremeAir hand dryer is 43% smaller than most other hand dryers, dries hands in 10-15 seconds, and also offers an adjustable motor to control sound and speed.  It’s perfect for areas where sound may be an issue as the dry time can be reduced all the way down to 25 seconds for quieter operation as desired.  The Dyson Airblade is a good option because it dries hands in 12 seconds. I would hope that having a hand dryer that dries hands in record time would inspire those that now exit the bathroom without washing their hands to change their ways. Installing the Dyson Airblade in an office bathroom also means very little work time wasted while employees wait for their hands to dry. Your coworkers or the boss won’t wonder where you wandered off to.

Installing either model of hand dryer will lead to less money spent on paper towel and better containment of germs. A decreased demand for paper towel also causes less damage to the environment. Slowing paper towel production means less trees cut down and ground up to make it. Installing an automatic hand dryer in a bathroom is one change that leads to three major benefits. Stopping the spread of germs, helping the environment, and saving money.

         

Washfountains Save Water and Provide More Efficient Restrooms

Washfountains Save Water and Provide More Efficient Restrooms

The washfountain made by one of ProDryers Manufacturers (Bradley) is quite a popular item for hand washing. Washfountains save energy, water, and space. What exactly is a washfountain? Think of it as one large faucet to serve multiple people. Most of these fountains are circular or semi-circular and can serve up to 8 people depending on the size. There are many different color options and also more shapes and sizes including corner mounts, deep bowl, and shallow bowl. Just to give an example, the 54” circular washfountain can simultaneously wash the hands of 8 people and the 36” can hold up to 5 users. The 54” semi-circular can be used by 4 people and the 36” by 3 people. By using normal lavatories each person needs his or her own faucet to wash their hands. What comes with each faucet? Typically a hot and cold supply line and also the plumbing for the waste, Bradley saves you the need for all these plumbing pieces. Each fountain comes with one supply line for the water and just one waste connection; this will also lower the cost of installation because there is no need for extra piping or supply lines. Not to mention cleaning 8 separate faucets and sinks takes more maintenance time than one 8 person fountain would. Many people may be curious as to how you are saving on water, but accordingly to Bradley most commercial restroom faucets go through 2.5 gallons of water per minute. If we compare this to their 3 user Sentry Washfountain which goes at a rate of 0.5 g.p.m. you will see just how much water it saves. The three people washing hands in the regular lavatories add up to 7.5 g.p.m. while the 3 users in the washfountain only use 1.5.; all while using space more efficiently than 8 lavatories. Now that we have covered how exactly they save, it is time to show which fountains are used for specific applications. These washfountains are activated by a foot pump, push button by hand, or a hands free infrared sensor. Typically they are used in manufacturing plants, stadiums, schools, or any other high traffic area that demands quick hand washing. The Classic Washfountains come in 54” and 36” semi-circular and circular, they also come in juvenile height or extra height. With the option of having a foot control and a deep bowl, this would work great for elementary kids that may have paint all over them or adults that need to clean their arms as well as their hands. The Sentry line consists of stainless steel ADA compliant fountains that can be mounted on the wall and come in 54” or 36”. This particular option is great for really any commercial restroom seeing as regular lavatories are wall mounted too. Accommodating up to 3 users at a time any of the fountains in this line are perfect for schools, stadiums, or in the workplace. The Sentry line can save up to 6.0 g.p.m. of water over a normal faucet. Depending on the size of your restroom and where the desired place for the fountain is, Bradley has an option to accommodate you. Whether it needs to be a wall mount, ADA compliant, low to the ground, or positioned in a corner ProDryers and Bradley will help make that possible. For any questions on these Bradley washfountains call us at 888-50-Dryer. These washfountains go great with our energy savings hand dryers such as the Xlerator hand dryer, the Extreme Air hand dryer, or many of our World Dryer units just to name a few. Have the ultimate in energy and water savings by combining green hand dryers with water-saving washfountains. While we specialize in hand dryers, we carry over 2,500 restroom products to help suit your needs at the lowest prices and free shipping anywhere in the lower 48!

Semi-Circular Foot PumpClassic Washfountain (smaller height): Sentry Stainless Steel Wall Mountwith Infrared Sensor: Classic Circular Washfountain(large height):
Bradley Washfountains for Restrooms Save Water Bradley Washfountains Provide Energy Savings Bradley Washfountains More Efficient for High Traffic Restrooms