It’s been repeated on this blog that a restroom’s toilet is perhaps the least germiest place. And it’s also undeniable that the floors in these areas are far more germ-infested (which is why we don’t recommend setting your purse down, or wearing your shoes on your carpet). However, while the risks are low, there is still a chance that diseases could be transferred through contact. Worried? Read on to see if your public restroom is posing a danger to your customers and employees.
After the scare this past year, E. Coli has gained some public ground for being considered an extremely dangerous disease. Restrooms are the perfect breeding ground for E. Coli. Generally, the bacteria is transferred through contact with infected feces. Similar diseases, such as norovirus, can be transmitted in the same way; in fact, norovirus can survive on the porous surface of a toilet seat for up to two weeks, even if it’s been wiped down! The only way to ensure that this area is properly rid of such diseases is to have it professionally cleaned and sanitized, with germ-destroying products.
Otherwise known as Staph, this disease is particularly dangerous. The methicillin-resistant strain (MRSA) can survive on the porous surface of a toilet seat for up to two months. It also takes about three seconds for the transfer of bacteria to occur. What’s worse, when your hands aren’t washed properly after using an infected toilet, you could transfer this bacteria to your cell phone–in fact, half of us have the virus on our cell phones, right now.
Flu season is a particularly nasty time of the year. While you can get this virus from pretty much any kind of contact with an infected surface, public restrooms are danger-prone areas. This is where bodily fluids frequent, meaning the risk of transmission is much higher. Even if you don’t directly touch the toilet seat, you could be putting yourself at risk if you don’t wash your hands properly. Make sure you’re providing the right materials for this, like excellent paper towels. Avoid those air dryers!
Enviro-Master of Mid-Atlantic can make sure your restroom is safe from all of these dangers!
We’re experts. Owner Neil Middleton is determined to promote great restroom hygiene. Enviro Master Services has been listed as one of the Top 50 New Franchises by Entrepreneur Magazine.
If you’re looking for a solution to your dirty, nasty, odor filled-restrooms, contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.
Building a healthier world, one restroom at a time!