Service Matters – Drying Your Hands Effectively

There are a number of options available from Service Matters to ensure effective hand drying by washroom users.

Different solutions are tailored to suit different washroom environments. All have excellent benefits from convenience, speed and effectiveness.

What Service Matters Offers

Service Matters offers a full suite of solutions and we will work with customers to design a recommend a solution for their facilities. From quality 100% cotton roller towel solutions through to a whole range of paper hand towels, right through to best in class electric hand dryers, Service Matters offers a dedicated managed service that will ensure your users have to hand what they need.

Drying Your Hands Matters

Whatever product is used in the hand drying, the important thing is that hands are thoroughly dried after washing. Some bacteria remains on our hands after washing and wet hands spread this bacteria more easily than dry hands.

A report from the Mayo Clinic finds that people do not take the time to dry their hands completely using these devices. Some people say it takes too long. Instead, they may “dry their hands for a bit, then wipe them on their dirty jeans, or open the door with their still-wet hands,” according to Rodney Lee Thompson, a hospital epidemiologist at the Mayo Clinic, quoted in the Wall Street Journal. These behaviours may be the undoing of a good hand washing.

Hand Hygiene in a Nutshell

According to the Water and Health Org, this is how one should wash their hands.

Using clean, warm running water and soap, scrub hands for at least 20 seconds (the amount of time it takes to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice). Be sure to scrub the backs, between fingers and under nails, if a nail brush is available. Rinse with clear water. Finally, dry hands thoroughly using a clean paper or cloth towel or under an electric air dryer. To avoid introducing additional bacteria, do not rub your hands together under the electric air dryer.