Public bathroom case study

How contaminated is a public bathroom?

The purpose for which public bathrooms are designed coupled with ineffective or absent cleaning means that they provide the perfect environment for microbes to thrive. With this case study, we looked to understand which product surfaces in a public bathroom were the most contaminated with bacteria, and to answer the age-old question: Is a public bathroom really as unhygienic as we are led to believe?

Our Technical Team swabbed all items within the public bathroom after it’s been used. The resulting swabs were then processed in a laboratory and the bacteria recovered from each product were counted.

The only item in the study to have no bacteria recovered on it was the BioCote® protected Deb soap dispenser.

The obvious question presents itself: Which single item in the public bathroom harboured the biggest number of bacteria? One might think it would be the toilet seat, however, it was the sink that was found to harbour astonishing 50,000 bacterial colony counts.

To find out how the other items in the public bathroom fared, download our case study.

To find out how you can protect your products from microbes such as bacteria by using proven BioCote® antimicrobial additives, please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of the team on +44 (0)2477 712 489 or on [email protected].

Public Bathroom Case Study