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Cleanliness is a key component across all types of facilities because it goes beyond hygiene, communicating a concern for customer satisfaction and wellness. Cleanliness impacts a visitor’s first impression of a business, in turn influencing its reputation and bottom line. For example, hotels and restaurants that prioritize cleaning reduce the opportunity for foodborne illness outbreaks. And retail stores that keep floors, windows and restrooms clean encourage customer loyalty, as well as higher spending.
To maintain a positive brand image and keep guests happy and healthy, businesses must incorporate cleaning and sanitizing into their daily routines. Utilizing sustainable cleaning methods and technology, like chemical dispensing systems, is one of the best ways to simplify cleaning efforts, keep a busy environment sanitary and improve the bottom line.
The Benefits of Chemical Dispensers
If chemicals aren’t properly measured, it can result in poor performance and require employees to start over, resulting in wasted time and product. Overuse of chemical can also potentially damage surfaces, causing them to wear down more quickly. Dispensing systems eliminate the guessing game, providing reliable and accurate results by delivering the appropriate amount of chemical and water with every use.
Along with accuracy, safety is a top priority when working with chemical products. Many chemicals needed for proper sanitation have the potential to harm workers if exposed through spills or fumes. In fact, data from Washington State shows that out of the nearly 2.8 million janitorial positions in the U.S., about 168,000 of those cleaning professionals experience a job-related injury from chemical exposure to cleaning products every year. Dispensing systems don’t require employees to manually measure potentially hazardous chemicals. This also helps limit chemical spills, which could lead to dangerous slip-and-fall accidents.
Dispensers also help a business by lowering its operational costs. According to the Dispensing Equipment Alliance (DEA), dispensing equipment reduces cleaning costs up to 30 percent by accurately diluting the proper amount of chemical. Reducing water, energy and chemical use cuts down costs while also supporting a company’s sustainability goals.
According to the DEA, a chemical dispensing system can save up to 99.9 percent of waste packaging, compared to ready-to-use (RTU) product. Dispensing systems also help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by requiring less fuel to ship chemicals in concentrate form rather than heavy RTU products. Automatic dilution prevents chemical overuse or underuse, reducing waste and the risk of potentially hazardous chemicals being dumped into sanitary sewers.
Finding the Right Dispenser
Selecting the proper dispenser is key for several reasons, because:
- The appropriate system guarantees the correct dilution. Proper dilution results in better cleaning performance, so it’s important to find the system that meets all of your needs. For optimal cleaning results, choose a system that ensures accurate dilution regardless of water pressure.
- Different systems are designed for different cleaning needs. Dispensing systems can have varying uses and features. Some dispense one or two chemicals, while others dispense up to 10. A dispenser may feature water pressure regulation while another specializes in foaming and spraying capabilities. Take into account the size of your facility, installation space and range of cleaning needs to help narrow down which dispenser fits your cleaning requirements.
- The correct system will encourage greater use by employees. By choosing an appropriate and user-friendly system, you encourage frequent use by both new hires and experienced workers. Select a system that is easy to manage and keeps workers safe and productive throughout the workday.
- The more advanced the system is, the better. A chemical dispensing system with remote device management and usage monitoring gives employees and managers 24/7 insight into chemical dispensing. This allows troubleshooting to be conducted proactively to avoid larger issues.
In addition to the above, look for a dispenser that offers accessories features such as:
- Easy locking buttons and dip trays
- Advanced dispensing technology that enables perfect dilution rates and prevents chemical back flow
- A user friendly interface
- Extra space for easy maintenance and tubing purposes
Maintaining a dispensing system is the last, but certainly not the least, critical aspect of ensuring success. Depending on the condition of the water on-site, the filter in a dispensing system will require regular cleaning so that particles in the water line don’t reach the water valve and disrupt dilution. Over time, metering tips and tubing wear down and will need replacement in order to maintain proper dispensing functions.
Cleaning with Confidence
Keeping a busy facility clean is not an easy task, but it’s not impossible. Accurate, easy-to-use and safe chemical dispensing system help employees clean with confidence, encouraging more frequent use and resulting in cleaner facilities. Businesses should carefully select systems so that they are appropriate for the environment and maintain them over time so that they keep up with demand and deliver top quality results.
Matt Hayas is global product manager for Hydro Systems. For more information about Hydro Systems, the world’s largest independent manufacturer of chemical injecting, proportioning, dispensing and medicating equipment, visit www.hydrosystemsco.com.