Installation of Hands-Free Toilets
Long before COVID-19, business and public facilities were already in the process of rethinking public restroom design. The traditional gendered bathroom with unencased urinals and foot-revealing stalls lacked the privacy and cleanliness of the gender-neutral, single-pod in Asia and Europe. But what was once seen as behind the times has been shown to be downright dangerous in the midst of the COVID-19 crises.
Restroom Negatives that Must Change
The great majority of commercial bathrooms in the U.S. don’t have lids on toilets. That means every time someone flushes a “toilet plume” of droplets coats the surrounding stall (and the unlucky occupant in it) and aerosolized the contents of the bowl. Research shows that COVID-19 has been found in human excrement up to 33 days after the person tested negative. Considering that experts estimate a “plume” can travel six feet in every direction, 0pen-bottomed and open-topped stalls make the problem worse.
Some Quick Fixes
Naturally antimicrobial materials such as silver or copper may be used to replace existing toilet fixtures. Steven Soifer, Professor of Swork at the University of Mississippi and president and cofounder of the American Restroom Association believes these are showing a resurgence because:
“If we’re concerned about bacteria and viruses, every single door is covered in them. The handle in the restroom has probably been cleaned 10 times in the past few hours.”
Obviously, smooth nonporous surfaces are a first step in avoiding contact with viruses and bacteria.
Taking the next step with Hands-Free Toilets
There are some disadvantages to self-flushing toilets such as the need to replace batteries on a regular basis or frequent cleaning.
Regardless of how well your cleaning team works to disinfect toilets in your workspace, they will always be ground zero for viral contamination. The one sure solution is hands-free.
With hands-free lights, the safety factor far outweighs any inconveniences.
How they work
The best hand-free toilets project an electromagnetic field on the top of the toilet bowl, that senses movement of our hand above it and flushes automatically.
Things to Look for in a Hands-Free Toilet
Water Efficiency: While most toilets use around 1.6 gallons of water per flush, many have been reduced t0 1.28 gallons per flush. This saves on your water bill.
Manufacturer: There is definitely a difference in how various hand-free toilets are made. We work with you to find the next possible fixture that meets your budget.
Bowl Shape/Height: Elongate bowls allow for more leg room and comfort height toilets make it easier for those with mobility issues to use the toilet.
Main Benefits of a Hands-Free Toilet
Water Conservation: Unlike regular toilets, hands-free toilets prevent multiple flushes over a short time frame. One powerful flush prevents too many flushes.
Convenience: Hands-free, self-flushing toilets are easier to use.
Hygiene: In the heightened awareness of this COVID19 age, hygiene is not an option. Bathroom surfaces are covered in bacteria and germs, so reducing direct contact is essential.