No-one wants to be ill on holiday, but summer is a time when crowds of people gather together in hotels, campsites and tourist attractions - which means the risk of infections is high. Charlotte Branwhite of Tork manufacturer SCA discusses the importance of hand hygiene in the holiday season and looks at best washroom systems for each type of venue.
We all have high expectations of our holiday. We eagerly anticipate the few weeks of the year when we can relax and enjoy ourselves, preferably in clean and attractive surroundings.
So we will expect the washrooms of our hotel, cruise ship or campsite to be at least as hygienic as those at home. And any form of illness on holiday will potentially ruin the experience for us.
However, keeping holiday washrooms clean can be hard work since vast crowds will be converging on to the popular holiday resorts. Besides an obvious need to keep consumables topped up at all times there will be an increased infection risk in any environment where people are converging together from all parts of the world.
The washrooms of campsites are a good case in point since these can be particularly difficult to keep clean and well stocked. Campsite toilets tend to receive heavy use in the mornings and evenings which puts an added strain on the facilities.
The risk of toilet roll pilferage here is high and if the toilet tissue supply runs out, holidaymakers may be forced to use hand towels instead which could lead to drain blockages.
In a campsite, high-capacity toilet tissue systems in lockable dispensers that are easy to refill will avoid the problem of the toilet tissue supply running out during peak times. The Tork Compact Auto Shift system, for example, comprises two tightly-wound rolls that together offer the equivalent of up to 11 conventional rolls. These are housed in a dispenser that is sufficiently compact to fit smaller campsite washroom cubicles.
The fact that two rolls are supplied means that a replacement roll can be dropped in to the dispenser at any time, maintaining a constant supply of toilet tissue.
C-fold hand towels should be avoided in a campsite since these tend to be pulled out of the dispenser in clumps. The unused towels will then be left on the units where they can quickly become wet and soiled. The Tork hand towel roll – either in the Tork Advanced or Tork Universal format – works well in campsite toilets since the high-capacity roll gives out only one towel at a time to prevent over-consumption, mess and waste.
A hotel would require different systems in the public area washrooms to those in the en suites bathrooms. Public area hotel washrooms tend to serve as a showroom for the premises which means they should present a smart, clean appearance.
The Tork Elevation range of dispensers – either in black or white plastic - provide a smart, co-ordinated washroom while Tork Aluminium dispensers are ideal for an upmarket venue.
Tork Premium Interfold Hand Towels are available in both ranges and the dispenser gives out high quality leaf-embossed towels one at a time. The higher capacity Tork Hand Towel Roll system has a available in a Premium version for particularly busy hotels.
Tork Mild Foam Soap works well in a busy hotel reception washroom since the dispenser contains 2,500 shots of soap compared with around 1,000 for most liquid soap systems. This ensures a constant supply, while the luxurious foam will meet the expectations of the upmarket clientele.
Items such as facial tissues, fresh flowers and hand creams in a hotel’s public area washrooms will demonstrate that hoteliers are willing to go that extra mile to please their guests. Other “extras” that guests will appreciate include a toilet seat cleaner - such as Tork Premium Toilet Seat Cleaner - to enable them to sanitise the seat before use.
Hotel en suites are designed to make guests feel at home and the manager may opt for textile towels and conventional toilet rolls of a similar quality to consumer brands. Good soap options include Tork Premium Liquid Soap Mini – which contains 475 shots of soap – and Tork Premium Hair and Body which is a three-in-one soap, shower gel and shampoo for use in the showers.
Passengers on a cruise ship will expect a high level of comfort and luxury and hygiene here is particularly important since infections are prone to spread very quickly on board.
As with the public washrooms of a smart hotel, the ideal combination here will be the highest quality soaps and hand towels in the highest-capacity dispensers available. Dispensers should also be smart, attractive and easy to clean while avoiding the risk of cross-contamination.
Upmarket Tork Aluminium dispensers work well on a cruise ship since these have a smart, striking appearance and are easy to clean since their surface is resistant to fingermarks. High quality paper hand towels are a good option here since their increased absorbency will help to prevent the spread of infection. This is particularly important as damp hands transfer up to 500 times more germs than dry hands.
A range of washroom systems for hand towels, toilet tissue and soaps are available in Tork Aluminium along with a co-ordinating bin to complete the cohesive image.
Also suitable for use on a cruise ship is Tork Luxury Soft Liquid Soap which contains silk extracts and comes in a dispenser that holds 1,000 shots of quality soap.
Thorough hand washing with soap and water will help prevent the spread of infections, but a sanitiser in a dispenser format – such as the Tork Alcohol Gel Hand Sanitiser - should be supplied as a supplement to hand washing, particularly at the entrance to dining areas. This conforms to EN 1500 and leaves the hands 99.9 per cent bacteria free.
Holidays are memorable experiences and people returning from a trip away will be keen to share their memories. They may not mention the more pleasant washrooms they encounter but they may well talk about the unhygienic ones. So it makes sense for holiday washroom providers to keep their facilities clean, hygienic and well stocked at all times.
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