A touch-free restroom is the best thing a business can do. If everyone does their part to reduce the risk during flu season, the effects really can be minimized.
SCOTTSDALE, AZ (PRWEB) December 11, 2012
It's flu season, and the contagious virus is set to tear its way through schools and offices once again, wreaking havoc on health and finances. Public restrooms are notorious for breeding germs, especially when fixtures are touched by potentially infected people -- and this time of year, virtually anyone is potentially infected. Arizona-based Touchfree Concepts, a leader in touch-free restroom products, is launching a call to action this year, offering its Gojo TFX Automatic Soap Dispensers at a price that’s affordable for every budget, allowing more businesses, institutions and residences of to provide minimum contact with potentially infected bathroom surfaces.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the seasonal flu virus spreads via contagious droplets that can attach themselves to restroom fixtures, which are often touched by multiple people within a short span of time. Avoiding a visibly ill co-worker won’t help much; the flu virus is contagious for a day before the infected person starts to come down with symptoms, and five to seven days after they feel better. In short, the less contact you have with potentially infected surfaces altogether, the less likely you are to get sick.
The CDC recommends the flu vaccine for most Americans, but vaccination is just one part of a good flu season plan. The first line of defense is frequent hand-washing; unfortunately for those who depend on public restrooms, the benefits of hand-washing can be diminished if the fixtures must be touched to use them. Even when restrooms are disinfected frequently, it takes just one flu-infected person to leave contagious germs on a soap dispenser, faucet, and towel dispenser. Touch-free restrooms have been shown to be not only safer, by reducing the spread of germs, but also preferred over old-fashioned restrooms by a whopping 90% of the participants in a nationwide survey conducted by the Opinion Research Corporation. Nearly everyone wants touch-free restrooms.
“A touch-free restroom is the best thing a business can do,” says the owner of TouchFree Concepts, Elliott Greenberg. “If everyone does their part to reduce the risk during flu season, the effects really can be minimized. People’s health comes first, but for business owners, there’s also the fact that when someone gets sick, everyone loses money.”
The affordable Gojo TFX Automatic Soap Dispenser is an easy-to install wall-mounted dispenser with a sensor control. A few years ago, a similar touchless dispenser could cost around $100; today, TouchFree Concepts is offering it for just under $10. Accessibility to TouchFree options is essential to minimize the spread of contagions, Greenberg believes, and it should not be looked at as a luxury option just for the largest, busiest public spaces -- even homeowners can go touch-free, as the company’s online store is open to all.
The automatic soap dispenser is just one of the sensor-activated restroom fixtures offered by TouchFree Concepts. A fully touch-free restroom includes plumbing fixtures for toilets and sinks, toilet tissue and paper towel dispensers, and hand dryers. “Hands washed in a touch-free restroom are 99% germ-free,” says Greenberg. That kind of peace of mind that can benefit a business year round.
“People would be surprised at how much a touch-free restroom upgrade can affect their business,” says Greenberg. “If a restroom is seen as unhygienic, a customer may never come back. We’ve seen struggling restaurants see their profits go way up after going touch-free -- never underestimate the importance of a modern restroom.”
In fact, according to a 2011 SCA and Harris Green Business Survey, 74 percent of adults surveyed saw an unhygienic restaurant bathroom as a reflection of its kitchen practices, and 30 percent would never return to the establishment if the restroom appeared unclean.
Touch-free restroom products have another advantage, economically and environmentally: They conserve water by up to 70% and measure out soap, toilet tissue and paper towels, which not only saves money and reduces waste, it also helps to keep restrooms neater -- and a messy bathroom, even if it’s freshly disinfected, leaves a negative impression.
Most importantly, touch-free restrooms help keep people healthy. With an average of about 20,000 influenza deaths in the United States and as much as 20% of the population contracting the disease annually according to the CDC, minimizing the spread of the virus is no minor detail.
Touchfree Concepts has 36 online branches that ship all over the U.S. Businesses or private consumers who are interested in trying a low-cost touch-free soap dispenser or other products should visit their website, http://www.touchfreeconcepts.com.
For more information about the 2012 Flu Season, see http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/spread.htm