Bathrooms are a crucial part of the amenities offered by a hotel and this is where we spend our time getting ready or after returning. The basic facilities like clean floor washed and dried towels and temperature-controlled running water are the very basics that customers expect. However, the aesthetic and simplicity of the appliances and the products are also of importance. A hotel’s washroom requires a lot more attention. For luxury and high-end hotels, this is even more true. The smallest detail can become a differentiating factor between two separate brands.
Soap dispensers have become an intrinsic part of today’s hotel bathrooms. Not only do they come in pretty designs and are customizable but they are supremely useful because of their no-contact technique. Particularly now, social distancing has gained major importance. Thus this no-contact method of using soaps and shampoos has become a game-changer.
Soap dispensers are appliances that when triggered properly dispense or release liquid soap. Soaps come under the few fundamental things that every customer probably uses. Keeping a solid soap in a pretty, complimenting soap case had been the practice for so long. But this meant that after someone took a shower, the soap would remain wet and soft for some time. For the next in line for a bath, this could be an inconvenience.
Soap dispensers provide a win-win situation. First of all, they ensure that your soap has not been contaminated by the ones to shower before. This means that every time you use the soap, it’s fresh and untouched by germs outside. Secondly, there’s a wide array of options to choose from. Be it their designs, shapes, and even technology. And lastly, it is cost-effective. Installing a soap dispenser in every single toilet might seem like a huge investment at first. However, in the long run, they are going to cut down on your expenses as a hotelier by a huge margin.
As mentioned earlier, soap dispensers can be both manual and automatic. Each variant has its own set of pros and cons.
Manual soap dispensers, as the name suggests, require the manual handling of the dispenser. There usually is a push button and a nozzle below which you need to place your palm. This is from where the soap comes out. Manual soap dispensers can be of various types, such as:
The bag-in-box type is designed such that they are very well suited for quick and fast use. You don’t need to wait for the soap to come. Rather with a single push of the button, you can have as much soap as you like. The collapsible bag that is present inside the dispenser also ensures that a very small amount of soap gets wasted, if at all.
This type of soap dispenser can be used for shampoos as well as soaps and sanitizers. Due to their large size, they require even fewer refillings. The cartridges can be changed as per the owner’s will and can be reused later. A single cartridge dispenser can be used for soaps, shampoos, and sanitizers alike.
The foaming kind of manual dispensers is probably the most luxurious. They are fairly used in five-star hotels and restaurants. The thin consistency of the soap prevents clogging and the smooth rich feel of the foam is nice against the skin. These types of dispensers are multipurpose as well as you can use them for soap, shampoos, and sanitizers, just like their cartridge counterparts.
Counter Mounts are specifically designed so that they can be positioned over a counter. They can be placed beside your sink as well as on the tabletop basins in the hotel bathrooms. These soap dispensers are user-friendly as they provide easy access to the soap.
The biggest advantage of manual soap dispensers is their universal application and availability. Since they do not run on batteries and are manually operated, there’s no extra hassle of charging the batteries. The traditional look of these dispensers also adds a classic charm to your bathroom interior.
Talking about disadvantages, the portion of soap dispensed cannot be controlled when it comes to manual dispensers. Besides, since we have to push down the button for the soap to come out, there’s a risk of germs being passed on from the dispenser surface. In other words, manual soap dispensers are not free from chances of contamination. Also after repeated use, these dispensers tend to become messy.
Automatic soap dispensers are the more hygienic option when it comes to dispensers. They use a touch-less technique of dispensing soap. This reduces the chances of microbes and germs getting passed on. Sensors attached to the dispensers sense when a hand or both is placed under the machine and a measured quantity of soap comes out.
This type of soap dispenser is typically attached to the wall. During installation, they are fixed tightly with the help of screws and bores. They are chiefly used for liquid or foaming soaps.
These dispensers are positioned over a counter or a table. Like their manual alternatives, automatic counter mounts too provide easy access and are user-friendly.
The no-contact mode of operation is what sets automatic dispensers apart from the other options available. This means the risk of getting contaminated from the dispenser surface is practically negligible. These dispensers also come with indicators. These are lights that show the battery life or how much of the soap has been used. Unlike manual dispensers, the part of the soap that gets dispensed can be easily controlled and remains fixed.
There’s only one major drawback of these automatic dispensers— the batteries need charging and missing out once could put the user in a fix.
Soap dispensers not only have multipurpose applications, but they are also very stylish. So if you have been thinking about getting one for your home or your chain of hotels, get them now!