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Maintaining Commercial Soap Dispensers

Although many commercial soap dispensers are made of stainless steel, polyethylene, or other materials that are highly resistant to corrosion and other forms of deterioration, business owners and facilities managers often overlook the necessity for cleaning and maintenance. Maintaining commercial soap dispensers is essential to keeping a safe and sanitary environment for your customers or guests. In this article, we will review some of the best practices for keeping your establishment’s commercial soap dispensers in working order and clean condition. In recent years, studies have shown that public soap dispensers host large populations of bacterium and viruses. These trends are especially common with soap dispensers that require manual operation and contact. These microbes can transfer to the bulk soap within them while being dispensed. Read on to discover ways in which you can better maintain your dispensers.

Whether you own and operate an office or a busy restaurant, hand hygiene is paramount to ensuring safety for your customers and employees. Maintaining commercial soap dispensers should be at the forefront of any cleaning routine. According to the American Society for Microbiology, bulk-soap-refillable dispensers are prone to extrinsic bacterial contamination, and studies demonstrate that approximately one in four dispensers in public restrooms are contaminated. To ensure appropriate operation, janitorial staff should only stock the recommended soap or product designed for the specific model in your facility. Simply put, do not use alcohol-based sanitizers in place of antibacterial soap.

Disinfecting the material of your soap dispensers is the next step in proper maintenance. Cleaning personnel should wash the containers with antibacterial dish soap and hot water. Depending on the level of build-up, you may also choose to soak the plastic in a bleach-water solution with no more than five to 10 percent bleach. Your soap dispensers should be inspected at regular intervals depending on the level of restroom traffic. High-traffic areas will require more frequent inspection and wiping to ensure cleanliness.

Last but not least, your custodial team should check the exterior and interior housing components routinely to service any defective nozzles, bags, sensors, or other important components. If you have any questions about this cleaning guide or maintaining soap dispensers to make your investment last longer, feel free to contact today.

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