Which do you prefer? Do you hover over the toilet in the public restroom or do you grab a bunch of toilet paper and cover the entire seat? Believe it or not, you should not cover! There are more germs on the toilet paper in a public restroom than just about anywhere else. Every time the toilet gets flushed, there are tons of germs that go flying around that small space. Many of these germs end up on the toilet paper roll and the toilet paper holder. The toilet seat in a restroom is actually not as bad as the toilet paper. Public toilet seats are actually made to repel bacteria. “The way they are shaped and the overall smoothness of the seats make it difficult for germs to latch onto them”. (http://www.sun-gazing.com/reason-shouldnt-cover-toilet-seat-toilet-paper-public-bathroom). According to WebMD, “Many disease-causing organisms can survive for only a short time on the surface of the seat”. (http://www.webmd.com/balance/features/what-can-you-catch-in-restrooms#1). Your best defense against germs in a public restroom or anywhere for that matter is to wash your hands in warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds. Make sure you wet your hands, lather up with the soap, and rinse and dry your hands completely. Next time you decide to use a public restroom, remember to hover not cover and wash your hands thoroughly. If you are interested in learning more about toilet paper dispensers for a building you manage, Call Image Cleaning at 513-404-7579.