Yes, we know, toilets require high maintenance. They can get so notoriously dirty. Due to environmental contamination, toilets are a common source of infectious diseases. Here are 5 ways to maintain toilet hygiene and to minimise the risks of cross-contamination. 

Shut the toilet seat before flushing

Researchers found that with each flush, germs can be released up to 250cm above toilet seats. These are the same germs that transmit infectious diseases. Not only that, these harmful microbes can land on toilet surfaces when they are dispersed.

When you touch these surfaces, the germs will be transferred to your hands. After that, touching your face or food with contaminated hands can potentially make you very ill.

Experts suggest that before flushing, shut the toilet seat to prevent the germs from flying out of the toilet bowl. This lowers your risk of exposure to harmful germs. Remember to wash your hands with soap and water when you are done. Afterall, there are germs in and around the sides of the toilet lid!

If you think that a flushed toilet is clean, there is bad news for you. Over 1 million bacteria stay alive after a toilet is flushed!

For an easy and effective solution, use a toilet and urinal sanitizer. Bathroom hygiene expert, Initial, offers a dual sanitiser system that releases an effective dose of sanitising fluid into the flush water each time the flush is activated. It keeps your toilets and urinals clean and stain-free. Additionally, it provides enhanced protection against the build-up of limescale and bacteria.

Keep toilet seats clean

You may have seen the toilet signs reminding users not to squat on the toilet seats. It may be gross but it happens! Shoes are a hotbed of dangerous bacteria. Research suggests that over 96% of shoes contain faecal bacteria that may cause serious infections including pneumonia and urinary tract infections.

A better way to deal with unclean toilet seats is to use a toilet seat cleaner. Initial offers a cubicle mounted toilet seat cleaner dispenser that is extremely easy to use. All you have to do is to dispense the sanitizing fluid onto a piece of toilet paper and use it to wipe down the toilet seat before and after use.

Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water before stepping out

Do you count the number of times you touch a surface each time you visit a toilet? When you enter, you will touch the door handle. If you need to lift the toilet seat lid, you may use your hands without thinking too much into it. How about the inevitable flushing button?

When you step out of the toilet without washing your hands with soap and water, germs on your hands can be transmitted to others who are in close contact with you. When you touch your eyes, nose or mouth with contaminated hands, the germs can enter your body.

Did you know that a single gram of human faeces can contain one trillion germs! Faeces are a source of germs including Salmonella and E.coli that can cause serious infections and diseases.

According to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, hand washing with soap and water reduces the number of people who get sick with diarrhoea by 30%. Do not skip the soap and water even when you are in a hurry!

A convenient way of dispensing soap is to use an automatic soap dispenser. Activated by sensor, Initial’s no touch dispenser is hygienic and easy to use. 

Dry hands before stepping out

Research suggests that damp hands spread 1,000 times more germs than dry hands! Besides that, a moist surface provides a more conducive environment for bacteria to thrive in.

In addition to being in a hurry, more than 30 percent of people see empty paper towel dispensers as the reason for not drying their hands.

Bathroom hygiene companies provide facilities such as paper hand towel dispensers and toilet hand dryers to keep users happy. 

Keep the floor dry

Floors are one of the top places in Bathroom facilities for bacterial harborage. A wet floor poses multiple hazards. Besides posing a risk for people slipping, a damp floor provides an ideal environment for disease-causing bacteria to thrive. After all, bacteria functions best in a moist environment.

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