May 19th
2017

Hand dryers now and then

Written by  Justin Thomas - Media Consultant
Hand dryers now and then

As always I like to start these open ramblings about the washroom services industry with a little trip back in time. Truthfully we don't have to go that far back to get right back to the major sea change in the commercial hand dryer industry. From the earliest incarnation, created by AirDry back in 1921, that blew air down onto the hands, but was triggered by foot, through to 1948 when George Clemens did the job that AirDry did not do and pushed the hand dryer into the public consciousness (and also invented the electric toothbrush).

The sea change I refer to is the invention, by Mitsubishi Electric, of the "hands in" hand dryer which, again, was not really made popular by the inventor but is much more commonly, in the UK market, perceived as the Dyson Airblade. Even today, people request the "Airblade style" of hand dryer when they really want to know about the hands-in options that a given washroom services supplier can present.

So, what's all the noise about? Nice segue (author pats himself on the back, swigs more coffee, realises he's cornered himself and bludgeons on!) there. Noise, that would be the next sea change to hit the market. Since the beginning of the hand dryer journey noise has always been the complaint. For over 80 years every hand dryer needed to be quieter than the next to be competitive. Then came the Xlerator range. They were unashamedly noisy and they dried hands REALLY quickly AND they were tough too. These were perfect for high footfall environments where noise was not a premium but speed was. Now, in the 2000s the game was on.

Here at Zenith Washroom Solutions we've been through them all. We've supplied every range, we've examined every option and we've decided that te best thing we can do for our clients is to make it simple. Really, really simple. As you might imagine we can pick who we like to supply and most hand dryer suppliers are happy to be represented by a renowned brand in the washroom services industry. It was when we realised that we needed a supplier that could supply a range that covered all bases, fitted into every environment, be highly efficient and offer a wide range of finishes that would allow to fit a solution that worked perfectly for our customers' needs, saved them money and reduce their washroom cleaning workload.

Veltia. Their range does all this and more. Whether airblade style hand dryers, chrome finished hand dryers, eco hand dryers, high speed hand dryers or just plain sturdy, no nonsense hand dryers the Veltia range has an answer, and colour, to suit every washroom solution. From their hands in, V7 300, or their hands in airblade style, V7 tri blade or maybe their eco, low energy, F1 F2 & F5 range or perhaps something to suit our younger users in the cute and quiet F5 Eco Owl there is really something for every solution.

For those nervously moving from traditional paper or roller towel solutions to realise the massive cost savings without compromising their washroom hygiene levels all these dryers are made with antibacterial coatings and the hands in models are designed to keep the water waste inside the machine for simple cleaning later. The local and global environmental savings from moving to hand dryers can be seen in your washrooms and, with the constantly improving energy efficiency, through your whole life running costs with hand dryers being run from just £15 per annum. Even the noise can be adjusted on man models allowing your business choose their ideal balance of cost/speed/noise all from the same, low running cost, unit.

So now is probably the time to make a review of your hand drying solution to improve your washroom user flow, increase customer satisfaction, reduce your washroom running costs and take advantage of the huge leaps in technology now being offered by even the lowest cost options in our range. Zenith Washroom Solutions and Veltia are ready to make your washroom solution a more efficient washroom solution whilst reducing your facility overheads "Because Hygiene Matters".

Justin Thomas - Media Consultant

Justin Thomas has been involved with Zenith Washroom Solutions (formerly ABC hygiene) since 2009 at first providing ABC hygiene's 2nd website solution and now guiding Zenith Washroom Solutions' online assets into a more modern, user-friendly, version exploiting the best of the latest technologies whilst focusing on user experience improvements from the core. During the past 6 years Justin has learnt a huge amount about the hygiene industry and is now working as a contracted media consultant providing a full range of online marketing solutions to enable Zenith Washroom Solutions focus clearly on providing a leading hygiene services solution for their customers. You'll hear more from Justin through our constantly growing online media channels. Justin works for a number of small technical businesses based in the UK providing continual online media representation. Justin lives with his wife and daughter enjoying a wide range of activities including motorcycle maintenance, cooking, music and being a tech geek.

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