Have you ever gone into a toilet cubicle and seen small droplets of fluid on the toilet seat? Worse still, have you ever entered the toilet cubicle only to see two dirty shoe prints on the toilet seat? Would you still want to use the toilet? You may try wiping it off, but is the toilet seat truly clean?
Think about it, the toilet seat is one of the most commonly touched areas in the toilet cubicle. This follows by the toilet flush and door handle. You could wash your hands after touching the flush and door handle, but have you ever thought about the toilet seat. It belongs to a frequently-touched surface and a place where we defecate. Would you know if it is cleaned regularly?
In this current time of the Covid-19 pandemic, most of us become more vigilant about proper hygiene, handwashing and cleanliness, especially for commonly-touched surfaces. We often consider surfaces that our hands touch, but what about other areas that other parts of our body have frequent, prolonged contact. Initial shares more about using a Toilet Seat Cleaner, and whether it is a necessity you would need.
What is a toilet Seat Cleaner?
As its name suggests, a toilet seat cleaner refers to a cleaning solution specially formulated to clean toilet seats quickly and effectively for ease of use. Made with an alcohol-based solution, the toilet seat cleaner ensures effective killing of germs on the surface of the toilet seat. Users need not wait for a long time to clean their toilet seat before use due to its quick-drying formula.
A toilet seat cleaner is an easy-to-use washroom unit. All you have to do is hold a tissue up to the unit, press a button to dispense some of the solution onto the tissue. Lastly, wipe the tissue on the toilet seat and wait for it to dry before using the toilet.
A toilet seat cleaner offers plenty of benefits, namely cleanliness, sanitisation, being more hygienic, being multi-purpose and promoting graciousness.
Here are five reasons why toilet seat cleaner is important
Cleaner than using toilet paper
An increasingly common trend is that people place a layer of toilet paper onto the toilet seat before sitting on it, thinking that the toilet paper will act as a barrier between the toilet seat and their skin.
Did you know that toilet paper is actually a breeding ground for bacteria? When you flush the toilet with the lid up, millions of particles of bacteria are propelled into the air. These land on the nearby areas, including toilet paper and toilet paper dispensers. As a result, bacteria contaminates the toilet paper.
When you take that roll of contaminated toilet paper and place a layer on the toilet seat, then sit on it, you are actually introducing more bacteria and viruses into your body, rather than creating a barrier against it. A few spritzes of the sanitising solution effectively cleans and eliminates the harmful pathogens present on the toilet seat, rather than exposing you to more germs.
More effective than wiping with paper
Some people may not lay an entire layer of toilet paper onto the seat before using the toilet. However, another common practice is to use a piece of dry tissue or toilet paper to clean off any visible fluids or marks on the toilet seat before using it.
Instead of cleaning the toilet seat, what it actually does is that it spread the germs around the toilet seat. This exposes you to more germs.
Toilet seat cleaner is an alcohol-based solution, and when wiped on the toilet seat, the alcohol-based solution ensures that harmful germs present on the toilet seat are properly eliminated upon contact. This protects the user from harmful germs.
Economical way to maintain hygiene
Even if your toilet paper were uncontaminated by bacteria, imagine how many rolls of consumables are used if every user laid multi layers of toilet paper on the seat before using it. Imagine how many trees are used just to form that temporary barrier besides the cost of incurring monthly paper expenses.
Over time, the cost of buying numerous rolls of toilet paper to sustain this habit would be extremely high, not to mention the extreme waste of toilet paper. Expenses and investments could be better used to enhance the safety of your users.
In addition, you are dealing with a more economical and productive labour management, especially if your employees fall sick due to cross contamination. The cost of medical reimbursement and workday loss outweigh the cost of investing in adequate cubicle hygiene.
An all multi-purpose washroom function
Aside from cleaning the seats, it is also multi-purpose and can clean a variety of things. These include washroom door handles, and even the flush. Those two surfaces belong to the highly touched surfaces in the toilet cubicle, alongside seats.
An act of washroom ethics graciousness
Installing a toilet seat cleaner could also help promote graciousness amongst users. Users can use them after using the toilet to clean up spills on the toilet seat, if any. Thus, helping to maintain the toilet’s cleanliness and leaving a clean toilet for the next user. Using the toilet seat cleaner to help clean up any spills left on the toilet seats would also help the user feel less ‘icky’ about cleaning up any spilled bodily fluid left on the toilet seat. It does not only help to eliminate germs, but also offer assurance and protection to users.
Another issue is to deal with the many inconsiderate washroom users who step on the toilet seat, claiming that the toilet seat is ‘dirty’, but in doing so, end up soiling even more. Sanitising the toilet seat means reducing instances of such inconsiderate toilet behaviour, and therefore encourage a more considerate society.
Should you DIY your own toilet seat cleaner?
No. One should never attempt to make industrial-grade cleaning solutions. This is because the ingredients, concentration and safety are tightly controlled and calculated, and will never be able be replicated at home or in a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) setting. Read on to find out.
Ingredients component matters
Alcohol-based, meaning that alcohol is one of the main ingredients and solvents used in creating the products. With products containing large amounts of alcohol (not the drinking one!), the concentration of ingredients is carefully tailored. This ensures that the alcohol concentration of the product remains high enough to continue being effective in eliminating harmful pathogens, whilst being gentle enough for use on human skin.
Concentration level for efficacy
Hand sanitiser is also another essential hygiene tool used for Covid-19 pandemic. Stocks of hand sanitisers have been in demand. This leads many people to search up recipes on how to make their own hand sanitiser during stock challenges moments.
The concentration of alcohol in hand sanitiser has to be carefully controlled and calculated. It must remain at a concentration of at least 60% and above in order to be effective at killing germs.
If made at home, there is no way to determine the alcohol concentration in the final homemade product. In addition, the inclusion of other ingredients to the alcohol mixture could potentially render the final product too weak and ineffective, or even too harsh for use on human skin.
Safety is everyone’s priority
Aside from potentially being an ineffective or unusable solution, cleanliness and hygiene is another issue to contend. Industrial-grade cleaners and solutions made in highly controlled, sterile production facilities. At home, such facilities do not exist, or are difficult to come by. You could easily contaminate any homemade products with unclean tools and equipment. DIY cleaning solutions and products could also be hazardous to human health. Mixing the wrong solutions and ingredients together can result in toxic substances that could endanger human health.
Dealing with Covid-19 pandemic
Bacteria and viruses can transmit in several ways. Find out the different modes to safeguard yourself from getting ill from pathogen-causing diseases.
Droplets and aerosols
When an infected person coughs or sneezes, they propel droplets containing the virus into the air from their nose or mouth. Anyone within 6 feet of the infected person could potentially breathe in the contaminated air.
The virus can live in the air for 3 hours, and can stay suspended in the air. If an infected person exhales, the contaminated air could enter your lungs if you inhale it.
Surface transmission occurs when you touch a surface that an infected person has coughed or sneezed. You might touch a contaminated surface like a table or a light switch, and then touch your face, eyes, nose, or mouth thus transmitting pathogens into your body system.
Keep yourself and your employees safe
To keep yourself safe, make sure that you wear a mask to prevent yourself from breathing in potentially contaminated air. Practise good self-hygiene as well, by following the 8-steps hand washing routine when washing your hands with soap and using sanitiser where possible. Be sure to regularly wipe down any frequently touched surfaces as well.
Practise proper toilet hygiene
In the Covid-19 pandemic, good hygiene is at the forefront of the fight. Good hygiene extends beyond proper hand hygiene. It involves practising good hygiene wherever we go. For most people, commonly visited place at work or home includes the toilet. Many people enter and exit washrooms at any one time. Each user must practice good hygiene to protect themselves, and to leave the toilet clean for the next occupant.
Good toilet hygiene practices include disposing of litter properly, remembering to flush, keeping the floor dry, refraining from stepping on the toilet seat, and keeping the toilet seat clean and dry.
Often, there are various washroom facilities neglected for users’. This includes equipping with a proper feminine hygiene unit to dispose sanitary napkins hygienically, installing urinal sanitiser to eliminate the sneeze effect and provide ample soap dispensers to wash hands thoroughly.
Ensure facility cleaning and maintenance in place
A washroom cleaning is only done every few intervals. However, cleaning every few hours will not suffice in maintaining a high level of cleanliness for every user that uses the toilet in between the cleaning intervals. This is especially so for frequently-touched areas such as the seats, flush buttons, door handle and the bins. Hence, having a robust cleaning and housekeeping regime is essential. This helps eliminate the daily dirt and grime that can make us unwell.
This is particularly for high traffic washrooms with heavy usage where cross contamination risks are high. Integrating an enhanced hygiene solution, comprising toilet seat cleaner, sanitise and hand soap is critical. In addition, surface sanitisation and disinfection is important to eliminate surfaces with bacteria and viruses, while maintaining an effective protective barrier and withstanding cleaning regime.
Design an effective and hygienic washroom
Besides installing hygiene facilities for your employees’ safety, the design of a washroom matters. Every element helps to enhance the hygiene level of the environment. Firstly, ensuring adequate ventilation reduces moisture and humidity, thus providing adequate air circulation and less development of mould or dew. Secondly, take care of the flooring by placing floor mats to trap moisture and grime, while minimising slips and falls. Finally, dry hands can harbour millions of bacteria. It is important to provide hand drying facilities such as hand dryers or paper towels, and to avoid users flicking excess water on the floor.
A clean toilet is a mark of good hygiene to your customers. A good toilet should be able to enable and encourage better hygiene in customers and users. Contact Initial Singapore at +65 6347 8138 for more information on toilet seat cleaners and recommendations on professional washroom services.