With many children put off using the washroom due to lack of cleanliness and inadequate facilities, Trudi Osborne, Marketing Manager at Airdri, gives us a lesson in how to create the right environment for youngsters.

A couple of years ago I read an article that claimed teaching was the ‘top germ profession’ due to the high levels of bacteria in schools. The article stated that the surfaces teachers regularly touch contain up to 10 times more bacteria per square inch than those of other professions.

Staggering but believable statistics. After all, it’s no secret that it can be a real battle to get children into the washroom. With unwashed hands passing bacteria from surface to surface, schools can quickly become a hotbed for germs.

How do we encourage good hand hygiene in schools, to reduce the spread of bacteria? It all comes down to doing your homework and investing in the right facilities to make the washroom environment a hygienic and inviting place. Here are some top tips:

Keep it clean First and foremost, we need to ensure that the washroom is clean, hygienic and inviting. We have recently added the Airdri Air Purifier to our portfolio to address concerns around washroom cleanliness. The unit uses custom thermal convection technology to destroy airborne and surface bacteria and viruses in the entire washroom, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Other solutions, which may feature a HEPA filter or have an antibacterial coating, only clean the area immediately surrounding the dyer where the Airdri Air Purifier provides a complete hygiene solution for the whole washroom.

Do your homework Making the right purchasing decisions when it comes to equipment is key. Paper towels are a very costly and ineffective choice in schools. Not only do they need constant replenishment, they also make the washroom an untidy place when misused. Youngsters often dispense far more than needed for an effective dry and throw them on the floor, or discard them in the toilet, causing blockages and increased washroom maintenance.

Keep quiet For many reasons hand dryers are a more appropriate choice for school environments but some models can be scary for very young and autistic children, due to the loud noise they emit when in use. Investing in a quiet hand dryer can make all the difference and will ensure that children aren’t startled by a loud burst of noise when it is activated. Over the past 45 years, we have been at the forefront of designing some of the quietest, most energy efficient hand dryers on the market.


Keep up with the kids School washrooms are busy areas, with high footfall, so the facilities need to be able to stand the test of time. We are renowned for making some of the most reliable and durable hand dryers on the market, thanks to our bespoke motor brushes. Using the latest motor technology means that, on average, our hand dryers have a lifespan of around 6,000 hours – six times longer than that of similar, fast dry models. In fact, when placed on lifecycle testing, the Airdri Quantum jet dryer lasts for over 10,000 hours, outperforming popular, competitor models by tenfold.

Make it fun Encouraging children to wash and dry their hands properly will help to ensure that this practice becomes a lifelong habit. To achieve this, we need to make sure that young children are enthusiastic about their visit to the washroom. In an attempt to make the washroom a friendly and inviting space for young children, The Children’s Hand Hygiene Company created Puff the Magic Dryer using our quiet, slim profile Quad hand dryer. Children simply put their hands under Puff’s mouth, and he dries their hands quickly and quietly, removing any fears around noisy, intimidating hand dryers.

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