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Switching from Paper Towels to Hand Dryers in Your Public Bathroom: A Step-by-Step Guide

durch AIKEDirect 19 Sep 2023

Do your public restrooms see frequent use? Are you struggling with cleaning and maintenance? Have your paper towel expenses surged in the past year? If so, it might be time to consider shifting from paper towels to electric hand dryers. This transition not only results in a cleaner restroom and reduced carbon footprint but also substantial cost savings compared to paper towels. It provides a more hygienic experience for both employees and patrons.

Making the switch from paper towels to hand dryers in your public bathroom doesn't need to be overwhelming. Many businesses, including Fenway Park, Grand Central Terminal, and Buffalo Wild Wings Restaurants, have successfully made the transition. Research indicates that you can achieve a remarkable 95% cost reduction by switching from paper towels to hand dryers. Here's a step-by-step guide to assist you in planning and executing this transition for an enhanced restroom experience.

Step 1: Assess Feasibility Evaluate the current state of your public restrooms, including the availability of power. Excel hand dryers are hard-wired and require a dedicated circuit, except for the XLERATOReco hand dryer, which allows two on one dedicated circuit. Keep in mind that concrete walls may necessitate conduit installation. If you currently have conventional model hand dryers (likely over 15 years old), they may not be energy-efficient. Determine whether your restrooms are suitable for hand dryer installation and if any modifications or upgrades are needed.

Step 2: Research and Select Appropriate Hand Dryers Explore various hand dryer models available on the market. Consider factors like energy efficiency, noise levels, durability, hygiene features (e.g., HEPA filters), and touchless, sensor-activated operation. Do you require ADA-compliant hand dryers? Choose hand dryers that align with your specific needs and are suitable for high-traffic public restrooms.

Step 3: Plan the Installation Process Create a comprehensive plan for installing hand dryers in your public restrooms. Factor in the number of dryers required (typically one hand dryer per two sinks), optimal placement, and any necessary electrical work. Additionally, consider accessories that can enhance functionality or aesthetics, such as a recess kit or custom hand dryer covers tailored to your business. Ensure full compliance with local building codes and regulations.

Step 4: Communicate the Transition Inform restroom users and staff members about the upcoming shift from paper towels to hand dryers. Clearly articulate the reasons behind the transition, emphasizing environmental benefits and improved hygiene. Address any questions or concerns that may arise. Consider displaying informative messaging, like our "Going Green" sign, which was proven effective in encouraging hand dryer usage when customers were educated about its advantages over paper towels.

Step 5: Provide Adequate Training Ensure that restroom staff receive proper training on the correct use and maintenance of hand dryers. Maintenance staff should be aware that all Excel hand dryers offer adjustable settings for speed, sound, heat, and sensor activation height.

Step 6: Gather and Respond to Feedback Encourage feedback from restroom users and staff to gauge their experience with the new hand dryers. Promptly address any concerns and make necessary adjustments as needed. Demonstrate your commitment to maintaining a clean, sustainable restroom environment.

Step 7: Regular Maintenance and Inspection Establish a routine maintenance and cleaning schedule for hand dryers to ensure optimal functionality. Conduct regular inspections, cleaning, and repairs as necessary. Keep an eye out for dust or debris clogs, worn-out parts, or any issues that could affect performance. Staff should also be aware of diagnostic codes in case the units are not functioning correctly. If the unit features HEPA filtration, ensure staff knows that the HEPA prefilter should be cleaned every 3-6 months, and the HEPA filter itself should be replaced annually.

Step 8: Measure Success, Celebrate Achievements, and Keep Improving Track key metrics like reduced paper towel usage, energy savings, and user satisfaction. Share these accomplishments and milestones with staff and patrons to showcase the positive impact of the transition. Stay informed about advancements in hand dryer technology and hygiene standards, periodically assessing restroom cleaning practices to align with the latest best practices. This will enhance the user experience and continue to deliver sustainability benefits.

By following these steps and maintaining a forward-thinking approach, you can smoothly transition from paper towels to wall-mounted hand dryers in your public restrooms, promoting sustainability and improved hygiene in your facilities.

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