Paper towel dispensers
A paper-towel dispenser is a device that dispenses paper towels in a communal area, such as an office bathroom or a kitchen. Paper dispensers are either manually operated, via a handle, or use a sensor for automatic dispensation. The dispensed paper is either white or coloured and, in the case of a manual dispenser, will have perforations to allow the sheets to be torn easily. These dispensers are often used in tandem with hand dryers. Paper towel dispensers are available in plastic or stainless steel finishes. The advantage of plastic is that it can be colour co-ordinated with the décor, while stainless steel offers durability and won’t age and fade.
Toilet roll dispensers
Toilet roll dispensers are convenient in an office environment. They are made of plastic or stainless steel and sit inside each bathroom cubicle. Different dispensers will hold different capacities (such as two rolls, three rolls or five rolls of toilet paper). The capacity of the dispenser will determine how often it is refilled. Toilet roll dispensers generally come with some kind of lock and are often vandal proof and designed to inhibit over-use.
Soap and sanitiser dispensers
Soap dispensers are ideal in communal bathrooms with a high volume of people. A soap bar that is constantly wet not only becomes soggy but can also harbour germs. Soap and sanitiser dispensers can be manually operated or be sensored for automatic dispensation. The type of soap or sanitiser used – liquid, powder or foam – will be determined by the design of the dispenser.
Soap or sanitiser dispensed in a liquid form is generally in a squeeze bottle or pump. Disposable pump bottles are the most popular soap dispensers of this type. Manual dispensers of foam soap often consist of a large button which squeezes the foam out of a tube. Many liquid soap dispensers operate in this way as well. A few dispensers operate with a lever that pulls forward and squeezes the soap out. Most manual foam soap dispensers have the soap in a bladder in the dispenser in liquid form, as the pump is pressed the liquid soap is pushed through a small foaming nozzle which foams the soap.
An automatic soap dispenser is hands-free, and can be used for other liquids such as hand sanitisers, shampoos or even hand lotions. When the sensor detects motion under the nozzle, a dosage of soap is dispensed. Occasionally, automatic soap dispensers will contain a timing device or signal (such as a light) which can indicate whether or not you have washed your hands for the correct amount of time. This function is important in environments like schools and restaurant kitchens, where hygiene is of utmost importance. Automatic soap dispensers are mostly battery-powered.
Foam soap dispensers come in both manual and automatic varieties. They have dual pumps that infuse the soap with air, injecting both through small openings to create a lather.
Soap dispensers not only have hygienic advantages, but they can also save you money. The flow of soap is controlled, saving on costs and clean-up. Soap dispensers are available in both plastic and stainless steel varieties and are easily affixed to a wall.
Automatic fragrance dispensers use a timer or sensor to release bursts of air freshener into the air. They are ideal for communal bathrooms, office areas, reception areas and smoking area. The timers can be set to desired intervals, while a sensor-operated one will release fragrance when it detects movement. Fragrance dispensers are generally battery operated, and are available in plastic and stainless steel.