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Paper Towels Vs. Hand Dryers

Paper Towels Vs. Hand Dryers Buildings (08/22/17)

Building owners and operators continue to ask the question "Paper towel or hand dryers?" when determining how best to stock their public restrooms. The more important question, though, is: "What do occupants want?" The Cintas Corporation recently ordered a survey for this very debate, the goal of which is to identify once and for all which hand-drying method is preferred in the United States by the general public. Paper towels actually emerged the clear winner in battle for hand drying, as nearly 69 percent of survey respondents preferred to use them over air dryers. Even further, one in four respondents believe that not only are air dryers inferior to paper towels but also that it blows bacteria on their hands and persons.

"Hand drying plays an important role in effective hand hygiene," states John Engel, Director of Marketing for Cintas. "Studies show that germs can be more easily transferred to and from wet hands, which is why drying hands after washing them is essential to staving off bacteria and limiting the spread of infection." The survey was conducted via the Internet by Harris Poll between May 19 and 23. Respondents included 2,048 U.S. adults ages 18 and older. The questions asked did not take sustainability and reducing waste into account.