A new weapon in germ warfare: The eXtremeAir cPc hand dryer

December 2nd, 2013 Category: Educational Establishments Office Cleaning

How clean are your hands after you wash them? Think about it. You turn the tap on with dirty hands, lather, rinse and turn the tap off with ‘clean’ hands. So when you get to the hand dryer, your hands aren’t really that much cleaner than when you started the process.

Studies have also suggested that drying your hands can make them even dirtier. Apparently, rubbing your hands together makes bacteria living in the skin come to the surface. If you don’t dry your hands properly, then this bacteria can be transferred to other surfaces.

So, even after washing your hands thoroughly and drying them you could still be at risk of getting ill, developing symptoms such as diarrhoea, vomiting, food poisoning and flu. 

Imagine the kinds of bacteria you pick during your daily routine, like cleaning the kitchen, handling raw meat and scrubbing the toilet! It doesn’t bear thinking about.

Before you through the handwash in the bin and resign to never washing your hands again as there clearly is no point, there is still hope. A shiny light at the end of a bacteria filled tunnel: the eXtremeAir cPc hand dryer from American Dryer.

The company claims that its new super hand dryer is a weapon against germ warfare, according to American Dryer, the eXtremeAir cPc kills harmful pathogens that can live on your hands, such as  E. coli, C. difficile, Staph, MRSA, and TB.

This machine appears to be the terminator of hand dryers, it utilises Cold Plasma Clean (CPC) technology which wipes out surface bacteria on the hands and any living in the surrounding air. 

American Dryer state that its dryers do not require expensive filters, they don’t use harmful chemicals and there is upkeep involved as the machine requires no maintenance. 

The motor inside the unit is adjustable so the speed can be varied, meaning that the dryer can adapt to a range of environments. For example, lower speeds could be used in university library toilets to keep noise levels at a minimum or faster in public toilets so people can dry their hands quickly to avoid queues building.

American Dryer has stated that its target market is schools and hospitals which would reduce the amount of bacteria transferred from the bathroom to children or sick people. However, there is no reason why this technology couldn’t be utilised in other places. They could be installed in office bathrooms, public toilets and restaurant restrooms.