As the fight against Covid-19 marches on all over the globe, both businesses and the people they serve continue to look for ways to mitigate the spread of the virus. This goes not only in their workplaces but most especially in their homes as well.
The most effective way to stop the virus is through a combination of diligence and hygiene. Wearing protective equipment such as masks whenever outdoors, washing hands frequently and sanitizing often when going outside, and cleaning both oneself and any items people have taken from outside whenever stepping back in their own home. And while disinfecting surfaces often is a good measure against disease-spreading germs, now is also the best time to consider switching to technology to aid in the everyday fight against bacteria, especially when among their loved ones.
Kohler has the best state-of-the-art products that will make it easier to fight against Covid-19 in both the home and in the workplace with their innovative line of touchless and self-cleaning bathroom and kitchen technologies.
Technology in the Bathroom
People’s hands unwittingly spread germs a lot more often than they think. In fact, studies show that they touch their faces much more than sanitize their hands, and therein lies the real danger in picking up infectious germs.
A study from the Journal of Occupational Environmental Hygiene goes on to say that on average, people touch their faces 16 times per hour while in offices. It could go as high as 23 times per hour, half of which involves contact between the hands and the crucial areas of the eyes, mouth, and nose. This is why touchless technology is so important and so helpful in these times.
Take the NUMI 2.0 intelligent toilet, for example. It’s a toilet that’s so advanced, people don’t need to touch anything to operate most of its functions. Once they get in the bathroom, everything is motion-activated, from opening the cover and even the toilet seat. As they go about business, the music goes with them since the intelligent toilet syncs with Bluetooth devices up to 33 feet away. And when a person is done using the bathroom, the toilet’s built-in sensor activates its cleansing functionality with a deodorizing filter, a precision air dryer, and a self-cleaning wand to prepare it for the next use. All these features from the NUMI 2.0 intelligent toilet save time and ensure a clean environment with less risk from touching surfaces.
It’s also not a secret that the toilet can be home to a lot of bacteria. The bathroom provides a dark, moist environment that’s the perfect breeding site for germs to multiply and thrive. It goes double when someone in a family is sick and undergoing quarantine. Be it the seasonal flu or high fevers, it’s best to disinfect the toilet and bathroom as often as possible to mitigate any cross-contamination, especially as the bathroom is often a shared space.
As a general rule of thumb, toilets should be cleaned at least once a week. Try to do a full disinfection every two to three days when someone in the family is ill or undergoing self-quarantine. However, not everyone can clean their toilets as often as they should.
Because of this, Kohler has come up with ways to use technology to make life easier when it comes to thoroughly cleaning bathrooms and disinfecting surfaces. The Eir Intelligent Toilet uses UV light to automatically clean a toilet bowl every 24 hours (or whenever needed for however long the user wants — these controls can be manually set to their preference). This ensures that no bacteria survive even while people sleep. The Eir Intelligent Toilet has a built-in water filtration system that removes any residual chlorine and heavy metals from the water before its stainless steel self-cleaning wand sprays it onto the body. This self-cleaning wand gets rinsed before and after every use with electrolyte-infused water to ensure the utmost hygienic bathroom experience.
Innovations in the Kitchen
Outside the bathroom, another apparent hotbed for infection within people’s homes is something that they use daily in the kitchen. Ironically, the germiest items in the house aren’t even in the bathroom but used to clean other things, including people’s hands: the kitchen sponge and dish towels.
Of course, the solution here is a frequent replacement of these items regularly (i.e., daily for dish towels and one to two weeks for a sponge). The challenge lies in where they are usually placed. Yes, it’s right — the sink, along with the faucet.
Good thing Kohler has a Self-Rimming Cast-Iron sink with anti-bacterial trap ways for its own safety, and it can be used with the hands-free Sensate Faucet for user ease. Activated either by motion-based interactions or through voice commands, the Sensate Touchless Kitchen Faucet is so sleekly designed and built with such advanced technology that it was named CES Best of Innovation Awards Honoree back in 2019.
Tying them all together is KOHLER Konnect, an application that allows its users to manage personalized features hands-free on select innovative kitchen and bathroom products for an enhanced smart home experience through Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple HomeKit. KOHLER Konnect can be used to disinfect intelligent toilets even without touching the phone. With built-in voice commands, customers can set their showers to the perfect temperature. Fight the good fight against bacteria and win with Kohler today.
Founded in 1873, Kohler is one of America’s oldest and biggest companies, with over 50 manufacturing locations worldwide. As a global brand in the upscale lifestyle industry, Kohler is a leader in the bathroom and kitchen manufacturing segments as well as premier cabinetry and tile. During this pandemic, Kohler has actively participated in the fight against coronavirus through its Believing in Better Campaign, where it donated over 80,000 personal protective equipment (PPE) to communities and medical facilities around the world, provided frontliners and healthcare professionals with showers from Kohler’s Relief Showering Trailers, and partnered with the University of Wisconsin’s Makerspace program to design, manufacture, and donate safety equipment for medical professionals. Kohler has also launched a program to match associate donations for various non-profit organizations including World Vision, Water Mission, United Way, and Operation Blessing.
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