Toilets can get notoriously dirty. After all, due to environmental contamination, toilets are a common source of infectious diseases. Here are 5 ways to maintain toilet hygiene and minimize risks of cross-contamination. Do you know your toilet hazards?

Shut the Cistern lid before flushing

Researchers found that with each flush, germs can be released up to 10 inches 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. Thereafter, touching your face or food with contaminated hands can potentially make you very ill!

Experts suggest that before flushing your toilet; shut the toilet seat to prevent the germs from “flying”. This lowers your risk of exposure to harmful germs. Remember to wash your hands with soap and water afterwards. Besides, 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 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 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 hotspot 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 dirty 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 your hands thoroughly with soap and water before leaving

When you enter a bathroom, you will touch the toilet 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 flush button on the toilet cistern?

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. Also, when you touch your eyes, nose or mouth with contaminated hands, the germs can enter your body.

Do you know? 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%. Therefore, 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 a sensor, Initial’s no-touch dispenser is hygienic and easy to use. Initial’s bathroom solutions like the no-touch soap dispenser are available in a range of colours to complement your bathroom design.

Dry your 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 cite 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. Initial Hygiene consultants are able to access your bathroom requirements and recommend the most suitable hand drying solution for your business.

Keep the floor dry

Floors are one of the top places in bathroom facilities for bacterial growth. A wet floor poses multiple hazards. Besides posing a risk of 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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