Editor’s note: This summary article was extracted from an article title “It pays to pay attention to dispensers,” written by Dan DeCriscio and originally appeared in Cleaning & Maintenance Magazine.
It is said that on average people will spend roughly 50 out of the 52 weeks in a year at work. With that being said employees will be using the restroom facilities very frequently (on average more than three work days a year are spent in the restroom). So would it not be your obligation as a company to make the restroom as pleasurable of an experience as possible?
It is one thing to have just a clean restroom, but as a facilities owner/manager your goal should be to have a pleasing and hygienic restroom experience for visitors and employees. One way of accomplishing the goals set forth is by making sure you choose the right dispenser. The next few segments will enlighten you with some tips for buying towel, tissue, and soap dispensing systems.
The main thing you want to make sure of is that your dispensers are not out dated. Not only does an out dated dispenser look poorly, but it is also way less sterile. The reason for this is due to the fact that a lot of older dispensers have button, knobs, or handles that must be pushed, pulled, or turned. This can ultimately result in transferring germs from the hand, to nose, mouth, eyes or even the surfaces, with indirect contact.
So what should you do if your dispenser is out dated? The main thing to do is to replace the dispensers with modern hygiene systems. A dispenser to consider is one that allows for the user to switch out inside modules. This will allow for dispensers to be changed from one system to another without having to get another machine.
The next step to take when purchasing anyone of these items is to ensure that you receive Antimicrobial protection. As we all know restroom surfaces are touched very often, which allows for an area of microbial contamination. Did you know that the average toilet paper dispenser has more than 150 times the amount of bacteria and paper towel dispensers have 50 times more than the average toilet seat?
One of the main ways to help stop the germs is to ensure that you purchase dispensers with built in antimicrobial technology. You want to make sure that the protection is added during the manufacturing process to ensure that it will not wash away or anything. So how does the antimicrobial treatment work? The protection enters the bacteria’s cell wall. This allows for the prevention of the microbes from growing and reproducing. This ultimately causes dispensers to be fresher and more hygienic.
The next precaution that you could take is to go completely touchless. By doing this you are not only eliminating a source for germs, but you are helping prevent the spreading of it. Touchless systems make it way easier for cleaning and maintain, and tend to be more efficient and cost effective.
The last thing you could to ensure sanitary and restroom attractiveness is to make sure that you have an adequate amount of personal care products. One way of doing this is to purchase high capacity products. These are good because they prevent less product change-out and last longer. Not only do they last longer, but they also reduce packing waste.
Selecting a dispenser may not be as easy as one may think. There are many factors that come into play when making these purchases. If you just follow these guidelines set forth, then there is no doubt that you will be able to pick the perfect dispensers for your facilities.