Friday, September 4, 2015

How to Choose the Right Soap System

Frequent hand washing is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of infectious diseases, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC). In short, hand washing not only gets hands clean, it helps keep people healthy.

So no matter what type of facility, providing the right kind of skincare systems is a crucial ingredient in protecting the health and well-being of the people who use its washrooms day in and day out.

But how do you determine which skincare dispenser is best for a particular facility’s needs?

The following is a guideline to help select the right skincare system for the "task at hand."

Counter-Mounted Soap Dispensing Systems 

Counter-mounted soap systems are ideal for office buildings or properties where appearance and image are important concerns. These systems provide an upscale look for today’s modern facilities.

When selecting this type of system it’s important to make sure it is engineered to eliminate the clogging, leaking, rust, corrosion and costly repair problems associated with many traditional counter-mounted, bulk soap systems. Look for systems that provide a new pump in every cartridge, with a refill tube that runs all the way through the dispensing spout so soap never touches the dispensers. With these systems there is also no chance of spilling soap when refilling. These skincare systems often come with different finishes, such as chrome or brass, and can be used with many types of cleansers.

Replaceable Soap Systems 

For properties looking for an easy maintenance skincare solution, consider purchasing a high capacity system that provides a new dispenser with each refill. Maintenance professionals replace the entire unit with a new, hygienic replacement. Replaceable soap systems are easy to use, as all dispensers, regardless of size, easily click and mount on a universal bracket. Before you select a disposable soap system, check to see if it is made of recyclable plastic. These systems can also be used with many different kinds of hand cleansers as well as alcohol-based instant hand sanitizers. Wall-mounted dispensers containing instant hand sanitizers are convenient for use in healthcare facilities – inside patient rooms and in corridors or nurse’s stations.

Portable Instant Hand Sanitizers 

Another way to encourage hand hygiene in any type of facility is to provide portable bottles of instant hand sanitizer. The larger sizes can be placed on a desk, in a classroom or in an office break room, while the smaller sizes can fit inside a pocket or lab coat or be given to a student at school, making it possible to sanitize hands anytime, anywhere.

Touch-less Systems 

Touch-less dispensers further minimize the spread of germs, since there are no buttons, cranks or levers to touch. Touch-less technology is most crucial for hand towel dispensers, since towels are typically used once hands are clean, after having been washed with soap and water. This is the most important time for people not to touch potentially germ-laden surfaces.

Durable Systems for High Traffic Locations 

For high-traffic locations, you may want to consider installing a high-capacity, abuse-resistant dispenser. These dual-cartridge systems can withstand greater impact and force than traditional dispensers and can also eliminate the need for frequent refills and reduce the risk of run out. They also won’t dent like stainless steel.

After you’ve selected the right skincare system for a particular facility, make sure to give careful consideration to the number of dispensers that will be needed. There should always be enough well-stocked dispensers to accommodate a busy restroom. With too few dispensers, people are more likely to leave without washing their hands, particularly if someone else is using the sink.

By considering these tips before selecting skincare dispensers, you’ll choose the most effective system for a facility, making it easier for restroom visitors to wash up. Lastly, to make sure soap is there when people need it, be certain to purchase a system that functions well and doesn’t require a lot of maintenance or repairs. Restocking, cleaning, as well as repairing broken or malfunctioning dispensers, all cost money. High-capacity dispensers that perform properly can also reduce costs because they don’t have to be checked, repaired and restocked as often.