Textile rental companies also offer a variety of services as well as state-of-the-art accessories and equipment tailored to the customer's specific needs, including:
A clean washroom gives visitors a positive impression of a company. Textile towel dispensers, in particular, allow public washrooms to be maintained as clean environments, as they are more hygienic, eliminate the unsightly waste often left by paper towels and do not create the noise disruptions of air dryers. Read more
Hand hygiene is the single most important measure to reduce the burden of healthcare-associated infections. To ensure a high level of hand hygiene, washrooms should be equipped with a hand-drying system which is effective and efficient in guaranteeing hand hygiene for every user, every time. Not only in high risk environments such as hospitals, elderly-care home or food preparation areas, but also in public washrooms.
The Hjelt Institute of Hygiene and Microbiology (University of Helsinki) studied the effectiveness of four common hand-drying systems in terms of hand hygiene.
The results of the study are clear:
In everyday life, however, we know that:
(*Source: Borchgrevink et al. 2013, Journal of Environmental Health)
An ETSA Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) shows that cotton towels, when compared to paper towels, are better for the environment:
In addition, cotton towels can be reused up to 100 times and require limited packaging materials, which contributes to their superior environmental performance.
Cotton towels in a dispenser are a hygienic and environmentally friendly way to dry hands in public washrooms. This is the conclusion of research carried out by the Hjelt Institute of the University of Helsinki in 2012. The study of the hygiene of dispensers confirms that cotton towels in a dispenser are the most hygienic solution for public washrooms. It shows that there is no multiplication of microbes on cotton towels, and that microbes from a used portion of cotton towel do not transfer to the rest of the cotton roll nor to the dispenser holding it.
The vast majority of people use cotton towels to dry their hands at home. They appreciate cotton's comfort because it is the most natural means for drying hands. A soft smooth towel is pleasant to touch, less abrasive on the skin and encourages hand care.
Cotton towels are the obvious choice at home, while paper towels and air dryers are often their substitutes in public washrooms. However, finding a well-maintained dispenser with a fresh length of cotton towel ready for use in a public washroom, such as those provided by textile services companies, provides a familiar sense of well-being.
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