One of the less-pleasant aspects of worklife stems from having to share common spaces with coworkers, clients, and co-tenants who are less adept at cleaning up after themselves. This is especially true when it comes to bathrooms. While modern amenities have made office life generally more bearable, we have sophisticated heating and cooling systems to moderate temperature and computers to automate and streamline tasks, our restrooms remain largely unchanged from the water closets of a century ago. For the most part, toilets, soap dispensers, hand drying technology, and bathroom layouts exist as they did when indoor restrooms first became common. So the question is, can we make it better?
Not only does a clean restroom make for a more comfortable habitat, it also makes for a healthier workplace or institution. Research indicates that many viruses can live for several days and dangerous bacteria can persist for up to several months on surfaces. Most restrooms contain numerous points at which users touch common surfaces. While regular cleaning from an Orange County janitorial service company like ICS will successfully disinfect these surfaces, that still leaves numerous “touch” interactions every hour in between cleanings.
Enter the touchless restroom. While many restrooms already integrate touchless sinks and soap dispensers, there are options that take it a step further. Touchless toilet paper dispensers deliver and cut toilet tissue without the user having to reach up into dispenser or touch the outside surface. This reduces the opportunity for cross contamination. Likewise, a number of touch-free toilet seat cover dispensers eliminate an additional common surface.
Another hygienic point of concern is the door. In many conventional restrooms, users wash their hands, but then every user has to touch the same door knob to exit the restroom. The sad truth is that not everyone does a good job of washing their hands, and it has been observed that some incredibly busy folks skip this step altogether. Even if you washed your hands properly, once you touch the door knob, you essentially shook hands with everyone who did not. Fortunately, automatic doors solve this conundrum. These have already become more common in some countries.
Now even if your budget does not allow for updating your bathroom with touchless devices, there are still inexpensive options for making your bathroom more hygienic. Consider placing a trash can just inside the door. That way users can open the door with a paper towel and then dispose of it. Or consider placing wall-mounted hand sanitizer dispensers outside of restrooms. These are inexpensive upgrades and add an extra step of sanitation following a conventional soap and water hand wash.
Whatever your facility and whatever your needs, at ICS we are dedicated to providing top-tier Orange County janitorial services. We strive to make your life better by ensuring you have the cleanest and healthiest facilities possible.