However, jumbo rolls can prove to be wasteful in those washrooms where only one maintenance check is carried out per day. The cleaner will be tempted to change a roll that is nearly used up to avoid the paper supply running out the following day. While this wasted meterage of paper might seem insignificant, it will quickly add up when multiplied by the number of washroom cubicles and then by the number of days in which this practice is occurring. SYSTEMS These are all examples of washroom systems that are wrong for the premises in question. So what is the right system? The answer is, it depends on the washroom. Jumbo toilet rolls are ideal in washrooms that experience a high throughput of visitors and where maintenance checks are carried out regularly. Some jumbo roils have a stub roll feature – where the remainder of the old roll is placed on a stub where it can still be used – and this eliminates the waste issue. But a jumbo roll would not fit the bill in other situations, for instance where maintenance is only carried out once a day; where smaller cubicles limit the amount of available wall space, or where a more homefrom home ambiance is required. So there are various considerations to make before choosing the “right” system. Washroom traffic, the type of venue, the required washroom “feel” and the size of the facilities all help to dictate the ideal washroom system. Since the chief problem with C-fold towels is the fact that they are usually taken out in clumps by the average washroom visitor, any system that gives out only one towel at a time will be an advantage. 12 NOVEMBER 2015 CLEANING HYGIENE TODAY DISPENSERS There are plenty of dispensers on the market – both wall-mounted and freestanding – “ that naturally limit the amount of paper that each visitor takes. Like the jumbo toilet roll scenario, a long-lasting hand towel roll system works well in a busy washroom where maintenance checks occur frequently. For more intimate or upmarket washrooms, high quality folded towels in a smart dispenser are a better option. Many companies these days are moving away from bulk-fill soaps and towards cartridge systems. The fact that these are sealed before use prevents the risk of any mess or contamination, and the cartridge refills can be replaced much more quickly than bulk fill alternatives. Facilities managers can choose between liquid, foam and spray soaps depending on the type of washroom “feel” required. Liquid soaps are a convenient and highly popular option but foam soaps add a touch of luxury in smart washrooms while spray soaps offer ultra high capacity – up to 3,000 shots per refill in the case of Tork Spray Soap, for example – and this helps to ensure a longlasting supply. As for toilet tissue, there are a range of options that help to reduce consumption and prevent run-outs while also hygienically encasing the roll inside and enabling the cleaner to top up the system when required. Twin roll systems often allow the cleaner to drop a new roll into the dispenser at any time to provide a continuous supply. Sometimes a washroom system can be “wrong” because it is installed in the wrong place. If you position a hand towel or toilet roll dispenser too high on the wall, shorter washroom visitors will inevitably pull out more of the paper and costs will rise as a result. Hand towel dispensers can be placed away from sinks to avoid unnecessary queues at the basins. And bins should be placed by the exit so that people can take out a towel and dry the hands as they leave the washroom, depositing the towel in the bin as they go. So there are several “right” ways to equip a washroom, just as there are many “wrong” solutions. Your washroom provider will talk you through the options and help you to choose the right system for your premises. Jumbo toilet rolls are ideal in washrooms that experience a high throughput of visitors” FEATURE WASHROOMS SOLVING YOUR WASHROOM PROBLEMS ÍÍ Problem: C-fold towels prove wasteful because they are either pulled out of the dispenser in clumps or left on units to become wet and soiled. ÍÍ Solution: Provide towels in a dispenser that protects them before use and that only allows users to take one towel out a time. Examples include a long-lasting roll system such as the Tork Matic Hand Towel Roll for high-traffic washrooms, or Tork XpressTM Multifold Hand Towels for washrooms with low to medium traffic. ÍÍ Problem: Bulk-fill soaps are time-consuming to refill and leave messy spills on the units. There is also a risk of contamination before use. ÍÍ Solution: Replace bulk-fill container with a cartridge soap system that is hygienically sealed before use and that creates no mess. Examples include Tork Liquid Soap, Tork Foam Soap and Tork Spray Soap. ÍÍ Problem: Conventional toilet rolls are unprotected and will often end up soiled, wet or unusable. The lack of consumption control also means they run out too quickly. ÍÍ Solution: Replace with a jumbo roll in high use washrooms where there are frequent maintenance checks. Otherwise, use a highcapacity system that limits the amount of paper taken with each use such as the Tork SmartOne Twin Roll system. This limits the amount of paper taken out by each user by up to 40 per cent.
CHT November 2015
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