While using a public restroom this weekend, I had to reach into the toilet tissue dispenser to find the roll's tail. In doing so I ended up touching multiple rolls of tissue, potentially contaminating them in the process.
In the October issue of Sanitary Maintenance we are covering touchless toilet tissue dispensers, which fully enclose the toilet paper so users (like me) can't contaminate the rolls. Only the tail of a single piece of tissue is exposed; or in the case of automatic dispensers, none of the tissue is accessible. Users have to wave their hand in front of a sensor to receive tissue.
I'm certainly looking forward to seeing these dispensers in public restrooms. Anyone already selling them to customers?
In theory Touchless Toilet paper Dispenser sounds like a good idea. Based on some testing and research done by Dr Charles Gerba ( Dr Germ) see the
My hope is that the unit will / would offer a option to dispense if the battery goes dead or there is a paper jam no pun intended. I have encountered the dead battery option on several occasions along with a paper jam, these two issues surround the paper towel dispensers that were touchless.
As BD Janitorial stated, this is a different animal, people need toilet tissue will avoid any problems that could occur. I would not want to see a toilet paper dispenser that jams or runs out of power. On like Paper Dispensers, there can be tempers flying in an inclosed booth. I believe an item like this can be a costly undertaking for both supplier and end user
What I would like to see in the toilet stall more than the auto paper or anti-microbial paper is a unit dispensing tissues to grab the toilet handle to pull the stall door open, or at least education that this is what needs to be done as a practice.
People are grabbing this handle/door knob with their dirty hands and custodial staff are not sanitizing them!
Automated dispenser do have a knob on them to turn the roll manually in case the batteries die.
I saw some of these products last week at ISSA/INTERCLEAN and after my recent experience, I can't wait to see them in more public facilities.
If anyone wants to learn more about touchless toilet tissue, here is our article:
Our Nov/Dec issue of Sanitary Maintenance will be looking at the completely touch-free restroom. For every touch point, the cleaning industry has a solution!
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