Maintenance Tips For Hand Dryers

Created Date: 2016-12-06 Comment: 0

Maintenance Tips For Hand Dryers

Maintaining a hand dryer may not be the first thought for a facilities manager, or cleaning staff, but it’s important to ensure that the hand dryers you have are working correctly and delivering the required service.

Maintenance Tips For Hand Dryers

 

Why is it so important for me to maintain my hand dryer?

A public bathroom is a den of bacteria and germs if they are not cleaned and maintained regularly. Something as simple as a dryer left to run itself for a year or more, getting a clogged filter, or losing power can add to the mess and bacteria in a bathroom in the following ways:-

  • The hand dryer can lose performance, taking longer to dry hands, sucking power and increasing your electricity bill
  • The dryer's air flow may get clogged, forcing airflow into another direction which can blow bacteria and water droplets around the bathroom
  • Weakened, or loss of power can be frustrating for customers who may shake their hands and grab door handles and with wet hands, spreading water droplets on the floor and germs around the bathroom
  • A broken, or poorly maintained dryer means people using the bathroom will grab paper towels, or toilet tissue, increasing mess and wastage.

  • Hand dryers with clogged filters may become noisy

 

What should I be looking for when maintaining a hand dryer?

Ideally, before you commit to buying a hand dryer you should do some investigating into the maintenance involved, you can get this directly from the manufacturer distributor. This isn’t always an option as facilities managers often inherit buildings and hand dryers are already installed. You can still hop online, or contact manufacturers with the make and model to find out what the recommended maintenance schedule is.

You can also look at the following:-

  • Are your cleaning team wiping the outside of the dryer with anti-bacterial cleaning products regularly?
  • Are there filters in the hand dryer that you have? Can they be vacuumed out, or replaced?
  • Is there any stagnant water, or grime collection in, or around the unit? Can this be added to the regular cleaning schedule?
  • Is the power supply running to the unit safe?
  • Is the area surrounding the hand dryer clean and safe without any hazards or obstructions?

Safety is a priority given the mix of electricity and water, so it pays to have your hand dryers included as part of your quarterly, or yearly building safety checks. All electrical units should be tested and tagged by a professional electrician as a minimum requirement, but maintaining your hand dryers can also increase efficiencies.

By regularly maintaining your hand dryers you can reduce electricity costs, bacteria and germs, as well as offering a more comfortable environment for anyone using the bathrooms and your cleaning staff. Maintaining a hand dryer will also increase its usage life with consistent performance, saving you money in the long run!

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