Dyson’s innovative hand drying technology  – engineered to help achieve sustainability goals.

Proper handwashing is an effective way to remove harmful germs from hands and maintain hygiene standards. However, hand drying is often left out of the conversation despite being a crucial step in the hand hygiene process. Here, we delve into the significance of hand drying in maintaining hygiene, the challenges faced in hotels, and the role of innovative solutions in overcoming these hurdles. We also highlight the importance of equipping washrooms with efficient hand drying solutions, such as Dyson’s Airblade 9kJ hand dryer, and how this technology helps to meet and exceed hygiene standards.

Current Challenges 

Drying your hands thoroughly is essential to maintaining high levels of personal and washroom hygiene. Damp hands can transfer up to 1,000 times more bacteria than dry hands, while wiping hands on clothes can add bacteria to washed hands if clothes are not clean. This is why it is vital to ensure there are proper hand washing facilities in shared spaces. 

In recent years, we have seen an increase in the public’s consideration and awareness of the role hand hygiene plays in the prevention of disease. It is therefore increasingly important to demonstrate to guests that hygiene is being prioritised. 

Equipping the washroom with effective hand drying solutions should be a priority for hotel managers. If washroom users are reluctant to use conventional, older hand dryers for hygiene reasons, an innovative and technologically led alternative must be on offer. Without this, guests may be tempted to either dry their hands on their clothes or leave them to dry naturally which can reverse the hygienic process of washing hands and further spread bacteria.

For example, 40% of UK respondents to the 2021 Dyson survey on washroom attitudes were concerned that the physical button on warm air dryers presents a hygiene issue, while the use of unfiltered, unclean air to dry hands is a concern for 24%. This could become a deterrent for people to use what is available and leave the washroom with wet hands.

Traditional hand dryers can take up to 50 seconds to thoroughly dry hands, but nowadays, people don’t tend to be willing to wait more than a few seconds to dry their hands. There are many products on the market, but some traditional options may compromise hygiene, and can often cause more problems than benefits. Take paper towels for example, they can be costly, have a high impact on the environment and lead to additional restroom upkeep due to mess and blockages. What is more, when the paper towel dispensers are left empty users are left with no way to dry hands, further exacerbating hygiene problems beyond the washroom.

Despite the importance of hand drying, continuing to use outdated technology solutions in the washroom means that users will be unable to meet hygiene standards. It is crucial that hospitality managers provide a solution for guests to wash and dry their hands properly.  

The Hotel Environment 

All areas of a hotel including the restaurants, bars, spas, and gyms, are high traffic shared spaces where both guests and workers spend a significant amount of time. There are numerous shared touchpoints, from door handles to shared objects such as chairs and crockery, offering opportunities for the spread of bacteria and viruses at every instance. 

However, venues such as these are trusted to be hygienic and safe, offering a wellbeing escape to its users, especially considering these often serve food and drink. It is therefore crucial that hotel managers ensure that they provide proper hand hygiene facilities for workers who handle equipment and consumables, as well as for guests to prevent the spread of bacteria in shared spaces during their visit. 

An Innovative Solution 

Since the launch of the first Airblade™ hand dryer in 2006, Dyson has continued to evolve its hand dryer technology. Its latest innovation, the Dyson Airblade 9kJ is its most cost and energy efficient hand dryer to date. 

The powerful digital motor of the Airblade 9kJ spins at 75,000 rpm to shift 23 litres of air per second, for a 10 second dry time in Max mode. Alongside this is the Curved Blade™ design which features two 0.45mm curved apertures that create 388mph sheets of air that follow the contours of your hands, removing more water, in less time. Despite its high-power, hospitality managers don’t need to be concerned over excess noise coming from the washroom, disturbing guests and the hotel’s ambience as the Dyson Airblade 9kJ proudly obtains a Quiet Mark certification. 

The Dyson Airblade 9kJ hand dryer produces up to 88% less CO₂ emissions than single-use paper towels. The hand dryer is also low energy – using just 9.1 kilojoules of energy per dry and costs up to 99% less to run. To further enhance efficiency the hand dyer allows businesses to switch between two power modes. Max mode is designed for busy areas of high footfall while eco mode is ideal for energy-efficiency and acoustic control.

Installing a touch-free, HEPA-filtered hand dryer that effectively captures particles, including bacteria and viruses, from the air is one of the most effective ways to ensure shared spaces remain clean and user-friendly. The Dyson Airblade 9kJ features infra-red time-of-flight sensors to trigger HEPA-purified air and are designed for an optimal user experience. The HEPA filter captures 99.95% of particles as small as 0.1 microns, including bacteria and viruses, from the air³. 

When it comes to choosing the correct hand hygiene technology for your hotel, food safety should also be a top priority. The Dyson Airblade 9kJ units are engineered with hygiene and food environments in mind, becoming the first hands-under dryer to be HACCP certified for use in food preparation environments. Looking out for such accreditation can help give those involved with food preparation peace of mind that they are using the right equipment.

A Sustainable Supplier 

Selecting a sustainable solution goes beyond the product itself – it requires the manufacturer to be committed to more sustainable practices throughout. This will ensure solutions are manufactured and delivered with minimal impact on the environment. Dyson has an unwavering commitment to sustainability and has applied this approach to its buildings and manufacturing practices via lean engineering. 82% of Dyson spaces use renewable energy through innovative technologies including ground sound heat pumps, solar panels, and smart design. The St James Power Station in Singapore was restored with minimal embodied carbon in mind to be converted into its global headquarters and was awarded a Green Mark Platinum and a WELL Platinum Certification. 

Dyson’s innovations don’t stop there, with its efficient, high-tech agriculture farming practices. Beeswax Dyson was the first large-scale commercial farm in Britain to be carbon neutral and sequestered 300 tons more carbon than it released in 2023. Initially separate from Dyson, its farming operations have great mutual benefit in running more closely together with its technology business and sharing knowledge and experience between the two, such as when it comes to making long-lasting machines that use fewer resources and are made of new materials like its cord-free vacuum cleaners.

In the face of evolving hygiene standards and expectations, it is crucial for hotels to prioritise not just hand washing, but also effective hand drying. By embracing advanced technology and prioritising hygiene, we can create safer, cleaner environments for everyone. For more information on Dyson Airblade™, visit: www.dyson.co.uk/commercial/hand-dryers