How to Support Happier, Healthier Tenants
Research shows that around 30% of complaints originate from dissatisfaction with the restroom.1
As a Building Manager, tenants are your best assets so it only makes sense to take good care of them. One way to ensure tenant satisfaction is to provide smarter, more sustainable office hand hygiene solutions. While air dryers can eventually get your hands dry, they may not be the most hygienic. Using a paper towel is a hygienic, sustainable and cost-effective way to practice safe hand drying, leading to happier tenants.
Paper Towels vs. Air Dryers: The Dirty Truth
The obvious reason why we wash our hands is to get them clean and germ-free. However, the shocking truth is that using hot air dryers actually increases germ count by a whopping 194%!2 Jet air dryers aren’t without blame either; a recent study showed that they had contamination levels 75 times higher than the average toilet seat.3 Even more alarming, jet air dryers can blow bacteria up to 6.5 feet in the air,2 meaning that you may not have to even use one to come into contact with germs. The truth is, using air dryers can leave your hands much dirtier than using paper towels.
The Case for Paper Towels
On the other hand, using a paper towel prevents germs and illnesses from spreading through the air, and the friction caused by paper towels helps remove germs.4 Drying hands with a paper towel can decrease bacteria on fingertips by up to 77 percent.2 Dr. Rodney Lee Thompson from Mayo Clinic states, “Drying skin is essential to starving off bacteria, and that paper towels are superior to dryers: They’re more efficient, they don’t splatter germs, they won’t dry out hands and more people prefer them.” Another study, conducted by Kimberly-Clark, found that when people are away from home, 74 percent say it’s important to have paper towels available to open door handles.
Touchless towel dispensers really are touchless, with very few germs found on their surfaces. And friction effectively erases germs on hands. See the 10 Big Reasons to Practice Safe Drying with paper towels. Paper towels are also much faster. It takes a person 21.9 seconds to dry their hands using a jet air dryer, and just half that time if they were using a paper towel. This helps get people out of the washroom quicker and eases overcrowding, especially during peak times. On top of providing a more sanitary, time-efficient hand hygiene solution, the annual cost of paper towels is barely more than an air dryer. A Kimberly-Clark Professional* Towel solution is about $575 per restroom, compared to $556 per restroom for air dryers. Is saving $19 a year really worth the risk of contamination?
While paper towels are highly effective, here’s a question often asked—how do you use paper towels while remaining environmentally friendly?
Paper towels can contribute to an organization’s sustainability goals. As a manufacturer we strive to create products that can help your organization reduce waste without compromising on quality. Our products are designed to reduce packaging, while being more absorbent so people use fewer towels. 100% of our hard roll and multi-fold paper towels are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and 94% meet the standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency. Additionally, 92% of these products have achieved ECOLOGO certification.
When paired with our proprietary controlled dispensing system, Kimberly-Clark Professional* paper towels can help reduce consumption and waste. Finally, all Kimberly-Clark Professional* hand towels are ASTM certified compostable, so organizations can divert paper towel waste from landfills in areas where composting is available.
Making the Switch to Quality Paper Towels
Your tenants are the heart of your building. By providing a healthier environment, you’re not only keeping them happy and productive, you can help your building occupancy rate soar!
Find out how to improve your office building’s sustainability goals by taking the online C.H.E.S.S.* Test and we can then send a Kimberly-Clark Professional* Program Specialist to your building for a FREE consultation.
2. University of Westminster, Nov 2008 — a comparative study of different hand drying methods
3. Consumer Insights Mall Study, 2012 — users’ preference in hand drying systems
4. By germs, we are referring to bacteria
5. Paper Hand Towels vs Jet Air Dryers an observation study UK & France. Redshift Research for Kimberly-Clark Professional*. December 2014