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The Importance of Hygiene in Residences

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The importance of hygiene in shared spaces has always been a top priority but since the pandemic started, never before has there been so much focus on it. The events of the past year have made people more concerned about the health and safety of their environment and the standard of their own personal hygiene. The increased use of sanitisers and cleaning regimes are testament to a new attitude towards hygiene in residential settings.

People recognise the importance of hygiene and have made a conscious effort to protect themselves as well as others from contracting the virus. Although the light at the end of the tunnel is in sight, this conscious mindset to maintain high standards of hygiene and the overall importance of hygiene will continue on into the foreseeable future. The way we protect ourselves from getting sick and passing on germs has changed.

Read more on how Tweaq’s self cleaning door handle can add to the importance of hygiene at residences.

What is the importance of hygiene at residences?

Apartment buildings, compounds and living complexes see large numbers of people all living together and sharing facilities such as gyms, bin rooms, stairways and lifts to name a few. These shared spaces can be hotspots for indirect transmission of germs and illnesses. Statistics have also shown that a 40% of people do not wash their hands after using the bathroom in their own homes, spreading an unimaginable amount of germs[1]if they then go onto use the shared facilities which other residents will come into contact with. A poll from YouGov found that less than half of 18 to 24-year-olds stated they always wash their hands with soap after using the restroom at home. Just a quarter of people in this age range say they wash their hands most of the time, while only 13% said they washed their hands some of the time when they use the bathroom[1].

Consider this if you have lived in a residential building, how many times have you taken out the bins and afterwards have had to open doors before being able to wash your hands? The importance of hygiene is critical in safeguarding all residents in housing complexes especially now in the wake of the pandemic.

Is there a solution?

Tweaq has come up with the solution! Improving the accessibility of cleaning facilities while taking the active efforts of an individual out of the equation. The lack of hand sanitising facilities by doors means that door handles are hotspots for indirect transmission between residents. It also tends to be missed out more as places people think to clean in shared living complexes. New research has shown pathogens like the coronavirus can survive on hard surfaces such as metal, glass or plastic for anywhere from 3-9 days[2]. If door handles are not cleaned they can become breeding grounds for infectious diseases and pose a risk to all residents’ health.

Tweaq door handle in a residence

Tweaq has created a state of the art product which takes the ordinary door handle and “tweaqs” it to create the world’s first self disinfecting door handle. Touch 1 can drastically cut costs on cleaning in these shared areas and with the Implementation of smart IoT technology, the risk to public health and the responsibility of cleaning these commonly used touch points is minimised. Touch 1 brings the future of smart home technology to today, where it is needed most.

When Touch 1 is used to open a door, the handle is awakened by a sensor which starts the cleaning process. The pump irrigates the sponge located inside the magnetic ring with an antibacterial solution and the electric engine drives the ring across the handle’s surface to eliminate 99.9% of germs.

Tweaq’s revolutionary door handle is a perfect solution to the need for better health and hygiene in residential settings as it can guarantee to reduce the spread of diseases and infections via contact with touch points. Meet the Tweaq Touch 1 now.

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