Paper Towels or Hand Dryers?

Paper Towels or Hand Dryers?

January 28th, 2014   •   No Comments   

Paper towels or hand dryers? Which works best for office health? When the wall mounted electric hand dryer became widely available for sale, many companies immediately purchased one. They were reported to be more convenient as they remove the paper towel waste from shared bathroom space. They also claimed to be more sanitary, with the heat drying your hands and killing germs at the same time.

However, recent studies revealed something surprising: offices that used paper towels instead of the hand dryers in their restrooms reported less illness, even during cold and flu season. Paper towels also contributed to less skin irritation than hand dryers; peoples’ hands do not get as dry under hand dryers as they do after using paper towels. Wet or damp hands are prone to drying, cracking and chapping, particularly in the usually dry environment of an office during cold weather which is continually running a heating system.

The studies also show that using paper towels physically removes germs due to the rubbing action. Hand dryers have not been shown to have any impact on germs on hands, as the heat level required to do so would burn peoples’ hands. Hand dryers have been shown to blow germs into the air, which leads to the spread of disease and not its prevention, as was previously thought.

The decision to use paper towels or hand dryers is a personal one. However, with the average company losing roughly $150 per day for every sick worker, doing everything you can to keep your employees healthy and productive actually saves money, far more money than the difference between buying paper towels and using a hand dryer. For the health of your employees and the bottom line of your business, investing in paper towels may be your best bet.

Many commercial cleaning company  in Austin TX offers competitive prices on paper towels, toilet paper, hand soap, liners, etc. Ask your janitorial cleaning company if they offer competitive prices on supplies. If you are looking for a janitorial cleaning company in Austin TX  that offer the supplies for your office, feel free to contact  Austin Professional Cleaning Services . We offer 24 hour on-call service.  Call us today to receive a FREE CLEANING QUOTE.

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