Paper towels more hygienic than hand-drying
Category: Commercial Cleaning
Research commissioned by the European Tissue Symposium (ETS) and carried out by the University of Westminster found that those who dried their hands with single-use towels had a much lower level of airborne microbe dispersal and contamination than those who dried their hands using other methods.
As part of the study, four different hand drying methods and three different test models to analyse the differences between their ability to combat germs.
The research used paper towels, a textile roller towel, a warm air dryer and a jet air dryer to compare their data.
Acid indicator with lemon juice, yeast, and bacterial transmission from hands when washed without soap, were the main test models used.
The results showed that a jet air dryer was the most likely to disperse germs, and disseminated liquid over a greater range - up to 1.5 meters, when compared to other methods.
It also led to the greatest dispersal of microbes into the air at both near and far distances for each of the tested models.
In addition, it recorded 11.5 colonies of yeast compared to zero for paper towels.
These findings appear to suggest that the cleanest and most efficient way of combating germs in the bathroom and other areas is to utilise paper towels.
On the other hand, it is also true that paper towels can be a little bit of a nightmare for many businesses, due to the amount of waste and rubbish they generate.
However, by enlisting in the services of a Commercial Cleaning company, organisations can help to cut down on the amount of paper waste.
Professional cleaners can also help to ensure that the supplies in the bathroom and kitchen areas are topped up.
Posted by Toni Tsocheva