How Dirty Are Door Knobs?

December 13, 2010 · Posted in Deep Cleaning Systems, Touchless Hygiene Systems 

The Unknown (24/365)

Statistics reveal that 1 out of 3 people do not wash their hands after using the public toilet. Not to scare you off or to sound like a person with OCD, but can you imagine how filthy door knobs can get? Microorganisms can thrive in door knobs of public toilets due to unhygienic practices. Who knows what bodily wastes and fluids door knobs contain? There’s also the risk of contracting diseases like H1N1, Hepatitis A, Influenza, and Meningitis. Although studies show that ATMs or computer keyboards are dirtier than restroom doorknobs, the fact that not everyone washes their hands after using the toilet is enough reason to not just rely on strict cleaning schedules alone.

If you own a restaurant or any place of business where your customers are given access to a public restroom, how do you address the potential risks of germy door knobs? First, you must recognize that even adults need constant reminders. It wouldn’t hurt if you stick some “Always Wash Your Hands” placards in bathroom stalls and mirrors. Prevention is always better than cure, so grab the opportunity of having everyone wash their hands before leaving the restroom.

Second, advise your cleaning crew that contaminant-filled areas like door knobs and faucet knobs should not be left unclean. Remind them that whatever is constantly touched by human should always be sanitized.

Third, arm your cleaning crew with the proper cleaning gear and equipment. They’re already exposed to health risks, so better protect them by using organic rather than commercial cleaning product. Give them ergonomically designed cleaning systems like the GEP Touchless Cleaning System, Ionator EXP, and MicroKleen Hygiene System.

Fourth, invest in the “hygienic makeover” of your restrooms. Touchless technology is now available to reduce bacterial transfer. Also replace the typical twist-around door knobs with those designed for minimal cross-contamination. GEP’s SanitGrasp® is an internationally patented restroom door handle that allows people to avoid germs. J-shaped, SanitGrasp®can easily be pulled to quickly open the door with minimal knob contact. SanitGrasp® is just one of the many sustainability tools of GoodEarth Products, LLC.

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