Determining which products to use for your customers and employees to clean their hands may seem like a small task, but there are some things that you should know and consider before buying to ensure that you will pick out the best option for your needs at the best price.
Hand Soap: This is a water soluble product specifically made to remove germs and bacteria from your hands. Additionally, it works to remove dirt and residue from skin. It is the best method of preventing the spread of disease and infection.
- Antibacterial: Unlike regular hand soap, antibacterial works to kill germs rather than simply removing them from your hands and rinsing them down the sink.
- Foaming: Foaming soap, as opposed to liquid soap, has a higher water content contained in the product. It comes out of the dispenser in a lather foam rather than requiring the consumer to rub the product to create lather.
Hand Sanitizer: When soap and water are not easily accessible, hand sanitizers are a way to remove microbes from your skin. However, it will not clean your skin as it is not an effective method of removing dirt and soil.
- Alcohol-free: This product contains the active ingredient Benzalkonium Chloride and is just as effective at killing bacteria as hand sanitizers containing alcohol, as well as being mainly nontoxic and nonflammable. Additionally, this type of hand sanitizer will remain working as a bacteria killing agent even after it dries on your skin. Plus, it is much less likely to cause your skin to dry in comparison to its alcohol based counterpart.
Dispenser: As the name describes, dispensers are the equipment that is used to disperse whichever type of hand care you choose onto the recipient. However, there are almost as many types of dispensers on the market as there are hand care products. Let’s look at the differences between the options.
- Manual vs. Touchless (or Automatic): Having a manual dispenser means the operator must push a button for the product to disperse onto their skin. A touchless dispenser skips the button and simply requires the consumer to put their hand under the dispenser to receive the product onto their skin.
- Foaming: In the case of a foaming product, there needs to be two chambers in the dispenser; one for liquid and one for air. When the two mix together and are dispensed through one nozzle, the foam product is created.
Questions to Ask Before Buying
Now that we know some of the most common terms used in describing hand care products and their dispensers, how do you know which product is right for your business?
- Is water accessible? If the answer to this question is yes, hand soap is the best way to remove germs and soil and should be used whenever possible.
- How much activity is around the equipment? This is a question that you should ask yourself when considering which type of dispenser to buy. When considering a touchless option, keep in mind that movement around the device can trigger it to dispense product, even if that was not the intention of the person making the movement. This can create a mess, and potential slipping hazard, that will need to be cleaned up.
- How many products do I need? Most businesses do require both hand soap and sanitizer, especially during cold and flu season. However, a number of products you need will usually depend on the industry you are in. Any type of business that has a lot of people interacting in close contact; such as a healthcare or educational facility, will require more products than a clothing boutique or coffee shop.
Finding a company that can help you answer these questions and find the right product for you is the best way to ensure the health of your employees and customers. Call Advanced Chemical Solutions today at 406-252-7408 to find out how we can help.