Toilet Seat Cover Dispensers are an absolute “must” for facility managers planning new or renovated restrooms. These managers are intensely focused on the importance of sanitary conditions in public restrooms and are seeking new methods and new equipment to achieve their goals. These dispensers are critical to maintain hygienic conditions for users. A satisfactory level of restroom cleanliness is demanded by today’s public.
Much of the impetus for equipment such as Toilet Seat Cover Dispensers is the push for more hygienic restrooms. People are concerned about virulent flu strains such as “swine flu” and SARS and a variety of other infectious diseases. It has been documented in studies that people perform like contortionists to avoid touching surfaces in public restrooms. They flush toilets with their feet, push doors open with their shoulders, dispense towels with their elbows, and use paper towels to open and close water faucets. In short, people will do just about anything to avoid touching a restroom surface that they believe to be laden with germs.
The need for Toilet Seat Cover Dispensers is documented by “doing the math.” A public restroom is cleaned on average 4 times per week. The toilet seats may be cleaned twice during those 4 cleaning visits. If an average public restroom has 25 visitors per day per toilet then the average toilet seat will have had 50 or more visitors between cleanings. What does this mean? It means that you could be sitting on a toilet seat that has had 50 visitors and not been cleaned. And without toilet seat covers, there was nothing separating your bare bottom and the toilet seat and 50 bare bottoms that preceded yours. Yikes !!!!
The best way for a building manager to provide protection to your bare bottom is to provide Toilet Seat Cover Dispensers in all toilet stalls. It is obvious that toilets breed bacteria and germs and provide a moist, warm environment where they can thrive. Therefore a toilet seat cover is an easy and economical method of preventing the spread of disease from person to person. These dispensers are usually mounted on the wall behind the toilet or on the stall wall. A toilet seat cover is a relatively small piece of 100% biodegradable paper that is folded in half for storage. It is also quick-dissolving so it will not pose a blockage problem for the plumbing pipes. Numerous public restrooms do have toilet seat covers available but for each restroom that does have this availability there are ten that do not.
Employers have a strong motivation to install Toilet Seat Cover Dispensers in their restrooms. These dispensers will help reduce costly absences of employees due to disease transmission. Reduced absences will result in a more productive work environment. In addition, an employer who demonstrates a strong interest in the employees’ basic sanitary needs will have more loyal and motivated employees.
Because of the lack of Toilet Seat Cover Dispensers in public restrooms many people are purchasing their own seat covers for use in these restrooms. They are small enough that they can be easily carried in a purse or pocket. These toilet seat covers can be found on cleaning supply web sites and are sold in packages of 250 – 1000. The cost per toilet seat cover is slightly more than a penny per cover.
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