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It’s clear to distributors that touchless fixtures continue to gain momentum in the restroom space. In fact, a 2021 survey by Bradley Corp. found that over half of Americans feel more comfortable using public restrooms when they have touchless technology. 

The good news is distributors can offer a vast array of solutions to meet this request. There are touchless hand dryers, paper dispensers, soap and sanitizer dispensers, sinks and toilet flushers, and even toilet paper dispensers. Some options require tapping into the building’s electrical wiring, while others draw on batteries for power, and still others use mechanical technology. There are even some systems that simplify battery swaps by putting the battery on the refill.  

For the doors, Moody recommends using a foot pull, which attaches to the bottom of restroom doors. These allow restroom patrons to use their feet to open the door instead of touching a handle.  

Schneringer reminds distributors also not to overlook touch-free cleaning systems designed to protect workers doing the cleaning. These systems use high-flow fluid extraction to remove up to 60 percent more dirt and bacteria from various restroom surfaces than a frontline technician.  

“We can verify these results with an ATP test,” says Schneringer. “The less dirt and material left behind, the cleaner the restroom will be.”  

Grego adds that the best part is that technicians don’t have to touch anything with their hands, and the equipment can reduce cleaning time by up to one-third.  

“This is all about return on investment (ROI),” she adds. “Tie this equipment to saving time and money.”  

Odor Control 

It’s said that the smell of clean is no smell at all, but with restrooms, some fragrance may be necessary.  

“Perception is everything,” says Grego. “People perceive that if the restroom has a nice fragrance, it must be clean.”  

Schneringer agrees, adding that an air-care system that creates a welcoming away-from-home experience can go a long way, but identifying and eliminating the source of odors should be the priority for end users. For example, odors often emanate from floor drains, so proposing a floor drain maintenance program can help. 

“Help customers identify the odor sources and whether you could introduce a cleaning or maintenance procedure that could minimize them,” says Schneringer. A good distributor will work with customers for a complete solution that covers technology innovations, while increasing efficiency and cleanliness.  

The perception of a sparkling clean restroom leaves a positive impression on the building occupants. In an era where public health and safety are under the microscope, the value of that can't be understated. 

Ronnie Wendt is a freelance writer and owner of In Good Company Communications in Waukesha, Wisconsin. 

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