No-touch toilets, sinks and paper dispensers are now the norm in airports, shopping malls and new commercial buildings.
But many commercial buildings haven’t made the switch yet. Or they’ve dipped their toes in the water (sorry for the bad pun) by going with no-touch (aka “hands-free”) toilets only.
There are two reasonable explanations for why businesses are slow to embrace no-touch fixtures in all restrooms:
• No-touch sensors can malfunction, leaving some fixtures inoperable until you can fix them.
• Many companies don’t have the budgets for what some consider as just cosmetic improvements.
Maybe you’ve considered switching to no-touch fixtures, but weren’t sure about the ROI.
Here are two key major advantages of no-touch toilets, sinks and paper dispensers worth considering:
1.They slash Housekeeping costs
The International Sanitary Supply Association (ISSA) compared labor and cleaning costs for no-touch and standard restrooms in buildings with 20 restrooms.
For standard restrooms, the numbers broke down like this:
• Average cleaning time: 30 minutes per restroom
• Labor cost per shift: $125 (at $12.50 per hour).
• Total labor cost per year: $32,500 (at 260 shifts annually).
For no-touch restrooms using spray-and-vacuum tools (and fewer cloths and wipes), the numbers were:
• Average cleaning time: 10 minutes per restroom.
• Labor cost per shift: $41.63 (at $12.50 per hour).
• Total labor costs per year: $10,824 (at 260 shifts annually).
Cut your labor costs by roughly two-thirds and you could be looking at very similar total cost-savings too.
2. Reduce germs and flu risks
Fact: The average toilet paper dispenser has 150 times more bacteria on it than a toilet seat.
Another fact: Paper towel dispensers have 50 times as much bacteria as a toilet seat according to research by the University of Arizona’s Dr. Charles Gerba.
Reducing germ transfer in the workplace can cut down on infections and sick days – and boost produtivity.