Dermal Hygiene Analysis: A Comparative Study of Different Hand Drying Methods

We collaborated with Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) concerning a study conducted with regard to the different methods utilised for hand drying. In conjunction with this investigation, the functionality and cost-efficiency of the products were also assessed in addition to the hygiene properties of the various methods used for hand drying.

The contribution of poor hand hygiene to the spread of infectious diseases has been recognised and the importance of handwashing procedures to ensure basic standards should be met. Hand-washing has been identified as the single most important means of preventing the spread of infection and if poorly or improperly implemented, can lead to foodborne illness outbreaks and hand-transmitted nosocomial infections. While it is undoubtedly the case that improved hand hygiene is beneficial, there is growing evidence that increased compliance may not yield the desired results.

Often the task of drying your hands is overlooked and a study shows that bacteria are more easily transmitted via wet hands that are not thoroughly dried, as bacteria remains on hands even after washing. It is vital to take adequate time to dry your hands properly.

The study in question conducted by Redway et al (1995) compared the antimicrobial performance of textile towels and warm air dryers after artificial contamination and washing of hands. It demonstrated that the towels were superior to warm air dryers in producing greater reductions in bacterial numbers on the hands of subjects.

In general cloth towels have been found to out-perform warm air dryers with reductions of between 4-10% compared with increases in the mean number of all types of bacteria on both the fingertips and palms of test subjects (114.1% to 414% fingertips and 230.4% to 478.8% Palms). Contamination with areas associated with towel use tended to be localised to the area immediately below the towel. One caveat as the removable of bacteria is linked to the reduction of moisture on the subject’s hands as the towels age and the fibres fray, the towels capacity to absorb moisture decreases, thus the towels efficacy at bacterial removal decreases.

The research concluded that the use of both the paper and cloth towels resulted in a decrease in the numbers of bacteria recovered from both the fingertips and palms of test subjects hands post drying.

Service Matters Cotton Roller Towels are suitable for use in all washroom and hand wash areas and offer a hygienic and environmentally friendly method of hand drying.

Benefits of Our Cotton Roller Towels

  • 100% pure cotton
  • The towels are a soft touch and highly absorbent for fast drying.
  • Reduce waste and eliminate paper waste in the hand wash area
  • Lower the risk of the spread of bacteria
  • Dispensers styled to suit the customer premise
  • Fast-drying solution
  • Save resources and reduce waste
  • Lower the risk of the spread of bacteria
  • Hygienic and cost-effective solution

We also supply a wide range of paper hand towels, suitable for both washroom and other commercial hand towel requirements. 

  • A hygienic alternative to hand dryers
  • Fully recycled paper solutions for a better environment
  • Quality range and selection of paper types to suit all needs from z fold to centre feed rolls

As Ireland’s leading independent hygiene and washroom specialists, we have every hand drying solution available to suit your needs.

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