Hand Dryer Manufacturers Address the 'Water Issue'
- New Hand Dryer Accessories Divert Water From Restroom Walls and Floors
- Hand Dryer Water Collection Includes Reservoirs and Absorbent Ceramic
- Prevent Germs With Hand Dryer Mats
There was a time when the cleaning and maintenance of public restrooms was not much of a topic for discussion. Today, however, heightened public awareness about the spread of germs and disease has increased the importance of maintaining sanitary restrooms.
For operators of restaurants, healthcare facilities, schools, arenas and many other types of commercial and institutional facilities, the customer experience can be severely damaged from unsanitary, unsafe and uncomfortable conditions in restrooms.
“In a fast-food restaurant, for example, patrons may love the food, but if they walk into the restroom and find a wet floor, odds are they will assume the rest of the restaurant is also unclean,” says Dan Storto, president of World Dryer, Berkeley, Ill. “Facility managers who want to provide guests with clean, safe and comfortable restrooms and also want to keep their costs down with less maintenance, reduced waste and longer-lasting fixtures are very interested in hand dryers that are designed to prevent water problems.”
Hand dryers can dry hands fast (some in 10 to 15 seconds), eliminate paper waste and provide financial benefits, with industry consensus being a one-year return on investment. Additionally, facility managers are tapping into dryers for their green and sustainable capabilities, as well as improved hygiene.
Despite all the pros from installing hand dryers in a restroom, one of the biggest challenges of their addition is the amount of water that drips down from patrons’ hands to the floor below. Another complaint includes the water that can be sprayed onto painted walls, which can leave unappealing watermarks and pool on the floor.
This water poses a risk for slips and falls, attracts dirt and grime, can soil a restroom’s outward appearance or according to some, creates a home for harmful bacteria.
“When water pools on surfaces, and moisture builds up on fixtures, harmful bacteria and fungi can grow,” Storto says. “Often paper towels end up on the floor, and when they get soaked, they can be a breeding ground for germs. There is also the concern that a restroom user may slip on the wet floor.”
It’s a complaint that manufacturers have heard for years, which is why many have bolstered their efforts to address the problem by including water-collection features such as drip trays, splashguards, ceramic plates that mount to the walls and wider-mouth dryers that direct water to a reservoir.
New Hand Dryer Accessories Divert Water From Restroom Walls and Floors