Touch-free soap and towel dispensers not only portray an upscale, modern image through their sleek appearance but can also improve hygiene by reducing cross-contamination incidents in public restrooms. Touch-free dispensers also do other functions aside from improving public perception and enhancing hand hygiene. These dispensers also help control how facilities spend on paper towels and soap, two restroom commodities that suffer from wastage and over-consumption.
Facility owners can see how touch free soap and paper towel dispensers save money by being able to control the right amount of soap and the needed length of paper towels per person.
TOUCH-FREE SOAP DISPENSERS
Touch-free soap dispensers are suitable for all types of commercial facilities and are found in restrooms of high-traffic facilities such as airports, office buildings, restaurants, hospitals and universities. These dispensers are sensor-activated and will dispense a set amount of soap for restroom patrons who place their arms under the dispenser’s nozzle. Touch-free soap dispensers can conserve soap while reducing germ transmission by removing a common touch point in restrooms.
The touch-free soap dispenser gives facilities control on the amount of dispensed soap via adjustable dosage settings. This helps facilities eliminate overuse by restroom guests who will be otherwise allowed to manually get as much soap as they want. Setting dosage also enables cost savings by prolonging product life between refills and reducing maintenance visits.
There are different types of soaps so their dosage should be based on the type of cleanser, its concentration and how well it can clean hands.
Liquid paste is recommended in facilities where the users have to remove industrial soils and grease from their hands. The recommended dosage for liquid soaps in touch-free dispensers should be set at 2 milliliters to provide enough skin coverage and surfactant distribution on the skin’s surface.
A lower dosage would be sufficient for milder skin soiling. Liquid soap should be set no lower than 1 milliliter and no higher than 1.5 milliliters.
Facilities can benefit in savings from foam cleansers in most public areas for general hand washing. Foam cleansers need the least amount of product to clean hands and a setting of 0.4 to 0.7 milliliters is enough to form soap.
More concentrated formulas like foam soaps enable smaller dosages, this in turn helps refills last longer before needing change and increase hand washes per cartridge.
If the facility is concerned about usage then they should look at these studies; a recent study found foam soap to be eight times more spreadable compared to liquid soaps which helps reduce dosage for effective hand washes. Interestingly, the use of less products doesn’t translate to less efficacy as a further scientific study states that there’s no remarkable difference between the cleaning ability between a 0.7 milliliter foam soap dosage and the standard 1.1 milliliter liquid soap dosage.
Facilities can also recognize water consumption savings with foam soap use. Using a foam soap for hand washing use 16% less water than when using a liquid soap. Water consumption can be decreased by up to 45% by implementing a foam soap hand washing procedure of dispense, lather, then rinse and dry. For every 100 people in the facility, the use of foam soap may save up to 14,790 gallons of water.
Soap dispensers may be set to dispense based on a time delay when they’re activated. Most of these touch-free systems require the guest to remove their hands from its actuation zone then return it to get a second dispense. The design helps lessen the amount of soap used and reduce accidental product dispensing risks.
TOUCH-FREE TOWEL DISPENSERS
Supply waste is evident in paper towelling at high-traffic facilities. Because of this issue, manufacturers developed touch-free paper towel dispensers that can reduce the amount of paper used during the hand drying process in restrooms.
A facility that use c-fold or multi-fold towels may save on paper usage of up to 25 to 30% through a touch-free, electronic paper towel dispenser. And like manual dispensers, patrons can crank a lever, pull exposed paper towels down or turn a knob to get as much paper as they want.
Restroom patrons are encouraged to get a sheet of paper towel with touch-free dispensers that are pre-set by the facility to a specific length.
Lengths vary by manufacturer although most dispensers enable facilities to choose small, medium or large length; these are 8, 12 and 16 inches long respectively. Medium length is enough for most facilities because short length guests take a lot of sheets while long length patrons get two sheets anyways.
Access to multiple paper sheets after the first one can be pre-set depending on the facility’s type. Typical times differ in two-second intervals from as low as two seconds to up to eight seconds of delay.
Longer towelling lengths and delay settings are recommended in high-traffic restrooms such as those found in airports or arenas where people enter and leave the premises quickly; guests would be in a rush and find out that one towel is enough to dry their hands. A longer time delay can save such facilities of upwards of 25% less paper use.
In a K-12 school or office building, the occupants may not need that much paper towels so the delay may be long. Ideally, recommended time delays between the sensor activations should reduce product waste.
Touch-free towel dispensers also enable facilities to set them to provide a shorter sheet on their second dispense. This is known as paper savings mode which shortens the second sheet’s length by either 12% or 25% depending on the facility’s setting.
The mode works when the user requests for a sheet then asks for another one within a three-second period; the next piece will be 12 to 25% shorter than the first piece. The dispenser reverts to its regular mode on the next dispense which is probably for another user. Adding dispensers with this function is recommended in facilities where guests may take more than a sheet.
Facilities can recognize savings by using touch-free towel and soap dispensers when reducing consumption is one of the goals of public restrooms. The price of these units has significantly dropped so they’re attractive purchases for facilities. Their return on investment is often recognized quickly as the overuse of paper towels, soap, energy and water declines.
The touch-free soap and paper towel dispensers provide an upscale and modern image with their sleekness; they also reduce cross-contamination problems in public restrooms. However, improving public perception and enhancing hand hygiene isn’t the only things these dispensers do for their facilities. They also take on the role of controlling the facilities’ expenditure on soap and paper towels, two public restroom commodities that suffer from overconsumption and waste.
Facilities are able to get remarkable savings from touch-free dispensers by being able to control the soap’s dosage and the required paper towel length for reach patron.
TOUCH-FREE SOAP DISPENSERS
These touch-free soap dispensers, which can be used in any commercial facility, are found in high-traffic facilities’ restrooms like in airports, hospitals, universities, office buildings and restaurants. These sensor-activated dispensers give out enough soap for restroom patrons who set their hands below the dispensers’ nozzle. Touch-free dispensers conserve soap while preventing germ transmission by removing a common touch point in restrooms.
Touch-free dispensers can give the facility control of the soap used with adjustable dosage settings. As such, facilities can remove excess waste by patrons who will otherwise manually take as much soap as they want. Setting the dosage enables savings by prolonging product life and reducing maintenance visits.
Not all soaps are the same so dose should be based on the cleanser’s type, its concentration and how well it cleans the visitor’s hands.
Liquid paste is required for facilities in which occupants need to remove industrial soils or grease off their hands. The recommended dose for this soap in touch-free dispensers is around 2 milliliters to provide enough skin coverage and good surfactant distribution over the skin.
For milder skin soiling, a lower amount would be enough for proper cleaning. Liquid soaps should be set no lower than 1 milliliter and not necessarily higher than 1.5 millilters.
The facilities can benefit savings from foam cleansers in areas for general hand washing. A 0.4 milliliter to 0.7 milliter setting is adequate to foam soap and is enough to clean hands.
Smaller dose size are used by more concentrated formulas like foam soaps; this in turn makes refills last longer before changing and gives out more hand washes per cartridge.
If the facility is concerned about the usage then foam soap has been found by a recent study to be eight times more spreadable than the liquid soap and helps reduces the product amount needed for effective handwashes. Interestingly, using less amounts doesn’t equate to less efficacy since additional scientific study show that there’s no important difference between the cleaning ability of a 0.7 millilter foam soap dosage and a standard 1.1 milliliter liquid soap dosage.
Facilities may also get water consumption savings through foam soap use. Patrons use 16% less water when using foam soap rather than liquid soap in hand washing. Water consumption can further be reduced to around 45% by using a foam soap washing method of dispense, lather and then rinse and dry. For every 100 person per facility, the use of foam soap can translate to an annual savings of around 14,790 gallons of water.
Soap dispensers can be set to give out some on timed delay when they’re activated. Most touch-free systems require guests to remove their hands from its actuation zone then put it back again to get a second dispense. The design help reduce the amount of soap used and reduces accidental dispenses.
TOUCH-FREE TOWEL DISPENSERS
High-traffic facilities have the most apparent paper towel waste issues. Due to this issue, manufacturers developed their touch-free paper towel dispensers to help minimize the use of paper in hand-drying in restrooms.
A facility that uses the c-fold or the multi-fold towels can save at around 25 to 30% in paper usage by implementing a touch-free paper towel dispenser. With manual dispensers, restroom guests can crank a lever, pull down an exposed sheet or turn a knob to have as much paper as they want.
With touch-free automatic dispensers, restroom users are encouraged to get one sheet at the pre-set length that was specified by the facility.
The towel lengths vary by manufacturer although most dispensers allow facilities to choose from small, medium or large lengths which are 8, 12 and 16 inches long respectively. The medium-sized length is recommended for most facilities since the short-length patrons tend to take multiple sheets; people tend to take two sheets with the long length.
Access to many paper sheets after the first one can be pre-set depending on the facility’s type. Time delays typically vary in two-second intervals; it ranges from two seconds to up to eight seconds.
Longer towels and delay settings are recommended in high-traffic restrooms such as in airports or in arenas where people come and go quickly since the clients are in a hurry and will realize that one towel is enough to dry their hands. By using a longer timed delay, the dispenser can save high traffic facilities with above 25% less paper use.
However in an K-12 school or office building, the occupants may not need too much paper towels so the delay may be long. Ideally, the appropriate time delays between the sensor activations such cut product waste down.
The touch-free paper tower dispenser also allows facilities to set it to set their dispensers to release a shorter sheet on the second dispense. This feature, which is known as paper savings mode, shortens the second sheet’s length by either 12% or 25% depending on what setting the facility sets it on.
It works when the user requests for a sheet then asks for a second one within 3 seconds then the next sheet is around 12 to 25% shorter than the first one. The dispenser goes back to regular mode in the next dispensing phase which is probably for a new user. Using dispensers with this saving function is more suitable for facilities where customers are expected to get more than a sheet.
With the reduction of consumption as the bottom-line in public restroom maintenance, facilities can net significant savings from installing touch-free soap and towel dispensers. The units’ costs have dropped making them an easier purchase for facilities. The facilities’ return on investment will be recognized quickly as the overuse of soap, electricity and water consumption and paper towels decline.