Nicola Mawhinney

Public restroom facts and tips

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Myth: Toilet Seats Are the Dirtiest Thing in the Bathroom…wrong

It’s the Sink and faucet handles

  • The sink and faucet handles are the real germ-infested culprits of the public restroom. Sinks create the perfect environment for colonies of harmful organisms. The accumulation of running water makes a sink a viral and bacterial breeding ground. People usually flush toilets with their shoes, but they do not hesitate to turn on faucets with dirty hands. When you follow them and turn on the faucet, you receive their germs, and if you don’t wash your hands properly, you keep them.

Proper hygiene avoids germs

  • To help avoid being affected by harmful organisms in public restrooms, use proper hand-washing techniques. Always use soap, and run your soapy hands and fingers under hot water for 20 to 30 seconds. If time permits, repeat this process. The friction from rubbing your hands and fingers together helps loosen bacteria that could be on your hands. Use a paper towel to turn off the faucet to avoid re-contaminating your hands.

What you can do

  • To reduce your contact with harmful organisms. Use a paper towel to shut off the water and open the door after you wash your hands. If you use a hot air dryer, be careful not to get too close to the vent. If possible, use stalls that have the toilet paper holder covered to prevent germs from splashing water. Leave the stall immediately after flushing the toilet to avoid a microscopic mist of harmful organisms.

     

How to reduce toilet germs

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Toilet seat

 

Fecal matter carries diseases that are transmittable via toilet seats and unsanitary washroom surfaces. This makes bathrooms one of the germiest places on earth. Proper hygiene and sanitation practices in your community can reduce the spread of germs through toilets.

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Steps to prevent spreading germs

Step 1.

Place toilet seat sanitiser gel on existing toilet paper and wipe the toilet seat surface. This prevents the germs that are already on the toilet seat from coming in contact with your skin.

Step 2.

Grab the toilet seat lid with a paper towel and lower it. Flush the toilet by pushing the lever down with the paper towel. Quickly exit the bathroom stall. When the toilet seat is lowered before flushing, germs are prevented from becoming airborne.

Step 3.

Wash your hands with soap and hot water. You get soap in between your fingers, and underneath of your fingernails. In addition, you should lather up for at least 15 seconds. This prevents any germs that did get on your hands from spreading to any other surface in the bathroom.

Step 4.

Spray the toilet and surrounding areas with a disinfectant spray, such as Glen 20, after each use. This will reduce the spread of germs that were distributed in to the air after flushing.

Step 5.

Sanitize the bathroom, and scrub the toilet regularly. Use antibacterial cleaners such as Bio Plus or cleaners like bleach that kill germs.

 

Sanitary disposal units and the law

Even if you are a male chances are that you are aware of the sanitary disposal unit which is found in most public and private female toilet facilities. Sanitary towels and tampons are used by women the world over during their period so the provision of sanitary disposal units is something of great importance to business premises and entertainment venues alike.

Sanitary disposal is an important process when it comes to managing women’s toilet facilities. Sanitary disposal units are the accepted method in the vast majority of toilets all over the country. The most important thing to remember is that flushing is not an acceptable solution. This can obviously lead to blocked plumbing systems which can be inconvenient and embarrassing but also has disastrous implications for the environment; sanitary towels and tampons take at least six months to degrade and ones containing plastic are not biodegradable so flushing them is harmful to the environment.

Where can I get appropriate sanitary disposal units?

If you are looking to procure the most hygienic sanitary disposal units available on the market then you will be hard pressed to find anyone better than RNR Services.