Hand Drying Hygiene
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Using a jet air dryer dispersed 1,300 times more viruses than drying with paper towels.

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The inner surfaces of jet air dryers harbor up to 48 times more bacteria than a toilet seat.

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Coliform bacteria were found on 52% of jet air dryers tested, compared to 0% of paper towel dispensers.

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Jet air dryers can increase the bacteria on fingers by up to 42%.

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When drying your hands with a jet air dryer, water droplets that could contain bacteria and viruses are expelled into the air, traveling as far as 6.5 feet and lingering in the air for up to 15 minutes.
 

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Drying with paper towels reduces bacteria on fingers by up to 77%

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The rubbing process of paper towels physically removes bacteria along with moisture.

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Faced with a choice of drying methods, 90% of men and 91% of women chose paper towels over jet air dryers.

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Given the strong preference for using paper towels, hand hygiene adherence would possibly decrease if paper towels are not available in the washroom, according to a review article in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

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Paper towels are the recommended hand-drying method of the World Health Organization (WHO) Guidelines on Hand Hygiene in Health Care.

Did You Know... Nearly 95% of adults do not wash long enough to thoroughly clean the bacteria and viruses from their hands

When your guests and employees leave the restroom, their hands shouldn't have more bacteria and viruses than when they walked in. But with a jet air dryer, your hands are actually more likely to be re-contaminated during the drying process. Single-use paper towels, like Scott® Hand Towels, are a more effective and hygienic way to dry your hands after washing.

Your guests and employees shouldn't be forced to share disgusting bacteria and viruses. Scott® is the most well-known restroom brand in the U.S., and Scott® Hand Towels offer a personal, preferred hygienic choice for hand drying. They are also made with Absorbency Pockets* Technology that dry your hands up to 40% faster than Dyson Airblade™ dB, help absorb moisture and remove more bacteria. Plus, Scott® Hand Towels are 100% compostable and ECOLOGO®- and FSC®-certified.

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