PHILADELPHIA — An online survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of the Tork® brand of SCA Tissue North America this spring found that 94 percent of U.S. adults say they always wash their hands after visiting a restroom, according to a press release.
The survey queried 2,516 U.S. adults 18 or older — 46 percent male and 54 percent female — and showed that most people, given a choice in a public restroom, would prefer to dry their hands with paper towels, the release stated.
According to the release, when respondents were asked what percentage of other people they thought washed their hands each time after using a public restroom, 99 percent of them said they felt that other people don’t do so each time, and 48 percent felt that people wash their hands less than 50 percent of the time after using a restroom.
Mike Kapalko, environmental and Tork services manager for SCA Tissue North America, said: "Clearly people think public restrooms present a hygiene risk and claim they are washing their hands after using those restrooms. But their observations of others in public restrooms indicate that a large percentage of them are not actually doing so."
The majority of respondents, 59 percent, selected paper towels as the fastest method for drying hands, followed by: High-velocity jet air dryers at 25 percent; linen or cloth towels at 8 percent; hot air dryers at 4 percent; and 4 percent were not sure, the release noted.
With 44 percent of respondents selecting it, visiting a public restroom is the situation that ranks highest in terms of health and hygiene concerns for U.S. adults, the release added.
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