When trying to cut costs, some business owners may not consider cutting back on items such as paper towels. Whether they are used for cleaning purposes or in restrooms to dry hands, they are often considered a necessity. However, replacing them with hand dryers in bathrooms allows businesses to save several hundred pounds per year, and they provide other benefits.
Better for the Environment
Paper towels are often wasted in public bathrooms when people take too many to dry their hands. By replacing them with hand dryers, businesses can eliminate as much as 15% of their company’s non-recyclable waste. Hand dryers can help businesses meet waste reduction measures set by the government and help them save money at the same time. Modern hand dryers take just seconds to dry hands and use very little electricity to do so.
Spreads Fewer of Germs
Most modern hand dryers do not need to be touched to turn on and dry hands. The Dyson Airblade hand dryer has sensors which automatically turn it on when hands are put beneath the air blower, so they won’t touch a surface after someone who might have been sick. This means fewer germs responsible for illnesses are spread in public bathrooms, so people don’t become ill.
Maintenance Free Option
Paper towels have to be refilled at least once every day, so there has to be someone paid to restock the bathroom to make sure customers can dry their hands. With hand dryers, no restocking needs to be done and, other than a recommended yearly cleaning, they require little to no maintenance. Since no one needs to check and restock the bathroom or take out the garbage bin when it’s full of paper towels, hand dryers can save employees time and your company’s money.
During the course of a busy day, paper towels can quickly fill garbage bins and become scattered on floors and counters in restrooms. This can leave the bathrooms messy and looking as if they are never cleaned by the company’s employees. However, if you have hand dryers installed, there are no messes to clean up or bins of used paper towels to remove, so the bathrooms always look neat and more inviting to customers.
Replacing paper towels with hand dryers eliminates some of the vandalism which sometimes occurs in public restrooms. Paper towels are used to clog toilets and/or sinks. Sometimes they are set on fire or they may be thrown against walls or ceilings while they’re wet so they stick. Along with creating a mess, the vandalism may cost money if a plumber is needed to unclog the toilets or sinks. Hand dryers allow customers to dry hands and prevent the mess and added costs of vandalism.
On average, businesses spend over £410 per year on paper towels, but only about £22 on the energy costs to operate hand dryers. With the savings businesses will make, most hand dryers will almost pay for themselves within the first year and help keep their restrooms cleaner.