For decades, the ongoing debate regarding the transmission of illnesses from toilet seat bacteria has been up for discussion in the medical community. While some experts claim that there are far dirtier places to come into contact with in public, others argue that public toilets are almost always the culprit of infectious diseases. One shared conclusion from both sides is that toilet seats, no matter how clean they may appear, are always far more unsanitary than they look. So which types of sneaky bacteria are actually lingering in your restroom? These five germs are among the worst invisible offenders living on your toilets.
As one of the most dangerous germs waiting on your toilet seats, Staphylococcus, otherwise known as a staph infection, rents up to two months on nonporous surfaces such as your toilet. Highly contagious and easily transmitted to skin on contact, this nasty germ can only be eliminated with heavy-duty sanitizing solutions.
While the flu may not be as persistent as a staph infection, it is still a threat to your health that is often lingering on a seemingly clean toilet seat. Lasting for up to three days on hard surfaces, the flu is typically transmitted by a lack of proper hand washing and sanitation.
With nearly 40% of toilet seats holding this germ, Streptococcus, or strep throat, presents a particularly dangerous threat to the health of children and older adults. In addition to yielding the infamous symptoms of strep throat, this bacteria is also known to present “flesh-eating” rashes if in contact with skin.
As the most notable fecal-borne bacteria in the bathroom, e coli is the infamous culprit of diarrhea, vomiting, and other symptoms of gastrointestinal discomfort. The infamous symptoms of this bacteria are often cited as some the main reasons for mandatory hand washing in restaurants.
For those who are less thorough when washing their hands, Shigella bacteria is a lingering threat in a public restroom. Similar to E Coli, Shigella is transferred by fecal contamination on hard surfaces and can cause serious gastrointestinal complications with it’s symptoms.
Keep Nasty Bacteria at Bay
While it is often an unsavory thought, these germs typically take up residence in your restroom every day throughout the year. Most often transferred on hands that touch surfaces such as door and faucet handles, these germs are known to withstand the efforts of everyday cleaning products that may only leave your bathroom smelling better rather than properly cleaned. By utilizing a professional hygiene service, you are ensuring that the surfaces in your restroom are professionally sanitized and well maintained for regular use.
Restroom Sanitation with Enviro-Master
Enviro-Master is the expert in the Mid-Atlantic area – get a free restroom evaluation. 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. Now servicing DC, Maryland, and Virginia. We kill the germs that kill your business. Call the Germbusters!
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