| Main Topic | Hygiene
Washroom dispenser systems
Little helpers – great
hygiene and order
Dispensers for hygiene products don’t only guarantee economic consumption. They also
contribute to a clean and hygienic appearance, even in heavily frequented areas. The prerequisite?
Selection of a system that meets on-site needs and conditions.
paper and towels are indispensable in sanitary areas. The Working
Conditions Act also prescribes the provision of hand-washing
agents, and if necessary, disinfection and skin care agents.
Sometimes, service providers take responsibility for objects whose
washrooms already have dispensers. “In this case, the system
should be thoroughly examined. Has it become outdated, or does
it no longer meet current standards? If so, it’s good to recommend
that the customer exchange it for a more modern or effective system,”
advises Steffen Schulz.
Various supply models
There are various models for providing dispensers and regularly
checking and refilling them. Either the customer or
service provider rents them from a manufacturer or distributor
and has them maintained and refilled by service provider
personnel during cleaning operations. Another option is for the
customer to purchase the dispensers and task the service provider
with their regular supply. Finally, the service provider can also buy
systems and rent them to customers, including service.
Select dispensers according to need
In the latter case, the service provider should realistically estimate
the risk of damage. “To keep the financial burdens of vandalism
as low as possible – especially in unwatched and busy public toilets,
robust systems are advisable,” emphasizes Schulz. It is also
advantageous when the manufacturer can provide spare parts and
the service provider can carry out small repairs himself. However,
there is often a discrepancy between the service provider’s ideals
and the client’s willingness to invest: “Washrooms are cost factors,
after all. Often, we have to be very persuasive in sales meetings to
convince customers of their benefits,” admits the master building
cleaner. If the budget is tight, it’s better to recommend low-cost
systems, even though these must be replaced when damaged.
Dispenser systems should be visually coordinated with each other
and the other washroom furnishings. Combining products from
different manufacturers is thus not recommended. To simplify
Well-kept, hygienic washrooms are not only business cards
for companies, clinics, schools, preschools and other publicly
accessible areas. Adequate hygiene is also necessary to prevent
the spread of pathogens. Dispensers for soaps and skincare products,
toilet paper and towels meet these demands. Likewise, the
inconspicuous helpers ensure economical use of sanitary products.
But which systems are best suited for which sanitary areas?
“Thanks to the great variety of products offered, every washroom
can be optimally outfitted,” emphasizes Steffen Schulz, operating
manager of Dumont Reinigungsservice in Merseburg, Germany.
To make sure that the suitable system is used, some object
and user-related criteria should be considered during selection.
“Customers don’t often ask for dispenser systems,” concedes the
master building cleaner. “This is why service providers should
thoroughly explain their advantages,” continues Schulz. Toilet
Sanitary areas should be both visually appealing and hygienic.
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