Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs – Restroom Necessities

  1. What is the difference in energy consumption or wastage between hand dryers and paper towels?

Paper Towels have been in use longer than hand dryers and can be found almost everywhere. However, paper towels contribute to a huge percentage of wastage in most places and the simple transition of using a hand dryer can help cut down costs. To give you an idea, a hand dryer can cost between .02 cents to .18 cents in electricity whereas a paper towel can cost you up to a cent. This equals $20 for a hand dryer vs. $250 in paper towel costs provided the average usage of the paper towels is 2.5 sheets per dry. If you’re thinking that the amount of energy it takes to operate the hand dryer in terms of electricity usage is higher, it takes more energy to manufacture a recycled paper towel than it is to operate a hand dryer. Of course, it helps that hand dryers cut down on the amount of waste produced – no cleaning up or using up landfill space.

  1. What is better? Foam or soap in restrooms?

Well, a lot of restrooms use one or the other. The only difference would be that the foam is dispensed already lathered up, so this saves you time, plus you can see which parts of your hands need the foam. On the other hand, liquid soaps probably have a higher PH. The upside to using foam is that there is probably less wastage. Many times we get a glob of liquid soap on our hands of which half drops off. This means there is more wastage, plus we have a mental block that lather equals more soap or cleanliness. There is probably no difference in the removal of dirt however, so as an end consumer, you should buy what you prefer. Price wise, you may be getting more for your buck with a liquid soap, but you may be losing more while washing your hands.

  1. Does good lighting make a difference in restrooms?

It does. We shouldn’t discount lighting in restrooms just because it’s meant to be quick put stop. We go there for a quick check up on our appearance or because of nature’s call. Good lighting is also needed for safety purposes. If a restroom is lit poorly, we become wary in entering it. Thoughts of horror can make us cautious. If the restroom is in a commercial space or even a private establishment, it should be well lit to inspire confidence that the people will be safe. Also, good lighting can make a small sized restroom look larger. Many establishments face a space crunch and this could really help them out. When a restroom is well lit, it can give the illusion of a bigger space which gives peace of mind to the users.

  1. I notice a trend of all restroom fixtures and features shifting to being automatic. Is that the latest trend and how beneficial is it?

The days of turning the taps could soon be over. Now taps are activated by a sensor which means there’s less wastage of precious natural resources. Due to human error, a lot of water could go to waste because we didn’t close the taps properly. An automatic one gives the right amount of water needed and stops. This means the job still gets done, but with less wastage.