How to Avoid Germs in Public Restrooms

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As the field of medical science evolves, information about germs and bacteria has been made readily available to the general public which has also helped increase the education of preventative measures for avoiding contamination. However, many people still have concerns about how to avoid germs when using public restrooms.

In this post, we’ll help both those occupying the bathroom and those in charge of maintaining it learn how to promote a more germ-free restroom experience.

Avoiding Germs When Using Public Restrooms

If you happen to by using a public restroom and are worried about coming in contact with germs, there are some precautions you can take to limit your exposure. The main and perhaps most obvious rule is try and limit the number of surfaces you come in contact with both before and after washing your hands. If the bathroom has automatic sensors for the toilet, water, soap, and hand dryers, be sure to use them.

When washing your hands, make sure you wash thoroughly. That means wetting your hands and working soap into a lather for 20 seconds. Then rinse your hands clean and dry them.

In addition to keeping your hands from touching other surfaces in the restroom, it’s important that you don’t put your bag or pocket book on the ground. Out of all the surfaces in the bathroom, the floor is probably one of the dirtiest. Instead, hang your bag on the hook located on the back of the door. If there is no hook, sit with your bag in your lap or leave it outside with a friend.

Operating an Anti-Germ Restroom

Whether your building a new public restroom, remodeling an existent one, or considering new procedures for your current restroom, there are many ways to help reduce the amount of germs that occupants come in contact with when using your facility. The first and possibly most overlooked method is by ensuring the door wings out.

A bathroom door that swings out allows occupants to use their foot or hip to exit the restroom instead of their hands. On doors that swing in, occupants are forced to touch the door handle which can be one of the dirtiest surfaces in the restroom primarily due to other users who exited the restroom without washing their hands. The cleanest restrooms get rid of the door altogether and instead opt for a labyrinth style entrance to provide privacy.

Another tactic for keeping the amount of germs at a minimum is to use bacteria-resistant materials like HDPE. In addition to its ability to fight against bacteria, HDPE plastic is also highly durable, being both dent and scratch resistant. This makes it a terrific fit for public restrooms since well-maintained restrooms encourage proper use where as poorly maintained restrooms may be treated poorly by occupants as a result.

Finally, a large part of keeping any restroom germ free is to create a proper cleaning schedule. Public restrooms should be cleaned thoroughly at least once a day. Depending on the amount of traffic, your restroom may need to be cleaned more frequently. If you used HDPE material for the bathroom partitions and vanity, you’ll be happy to know that HDPE is easy to clean and is resistant to rust and corrosion.

Create a cleaning schedule for your team and make sure that the facility is being cleaned regularly.

As you can see, whether you operate one or use one, there are many ways to avoid germs in public restrooms. For more information on HDPE materials, contact Scranton Products today.