Using a public washroom fills many people with dread; the thought of using a washroom frequented and used by other people can be challenging to some!

You would assume that the toilet seat would be right at the top of the list for high levels of contamination, but after controlled tests were carried out in a sample of washrooms, the level of bacteria found on the seat was actually quite low.

The most contaminated areas was the sink which showed more than 50,000 Colony Forming Units (CFUs), followed by the radiator with 1200 CFUs and the tap in the sink with 1000 CFUs.The toilet seat came way down the list at 150 CFUs.

Interestingly there were relatively high levels of bacteria found on the less obvious objects and surfaces such as the floor, the wall and the underneath of the toilet, probably related to the fact that cleaning only takes place on areas that can easily be seen, while bacteria and mould can be found everywhere and if not cleaned appropriately can keep multiplying.

Most rooms are full of germs and although not necessarily harmful, there is a greater risk of illness as the count of these germs increases

Bacteria in public washrooms

Thorough, deep cleaning of all areas is vital and regular scheduled maintenance programme from a reliable and trusted provider can keep your washroom clean, healthy and (relatively) bacteria-free.

NWR Hygiene Group are specialists in washroom facilities management and have a range of products and services designed to take away the hassle of maintaining your own washroom by providing an extremely high level of support service. Many of our products are designed to be eco-friendly and cost-saving so by engaging with us you can actually have a greener environment AND save money.

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